Harriet Tramer's New Book

Growing Up As She Grows Old

Family care giving is almost by its very nature stressful; no tidbit of advice you might receive can magically turn it into a relaxing experience. But having some essential information can help you to support your elder while you simultaneously tend to your own needs. And that is exactly what this book is designed to provide.

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Host Harriet Tramer

has long worked as both a journalist and as a college instructor, two professions she believes have much in common because they both demand good communication skills, not to mention patience and understanding. Most recently, she has taken her journalist ventures on line, having her own blog   - which interprets “aging” from the broadest perspective possible. We are all aging from the day we are born. She has also written Rounding the Circle of Love: Growing Up As She Grows Old – which focuses upon care giving for the elderly.

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June 19, 2024 Show


Tak & Mely Sato

The Center for Aging in the Digital World describes its mission as follows: To empower all seniors to become digitally literate and embrace the use of appropriate technology in their daily lives. We help them achieve this necessary life skill through education, services and advocacy.

Mely Sato, Executive Director, and Tak, President and Director of Curriculum of all educational programs, believe that "digital literacy" is a 21st century "life skill" that seniors should embrace. Its flagship program "Discover Digital Literacy!" is designed with that objective in mind. Each cohort is eligible to take part not only in the 16-class Discover Digital Literacy! program but upon graduation, also in continuing education classes and social events they provide. Mely describes their nonprofit as providing holistic support around digital literacy education so no seniors are left lonely or isolated, which also is their vision. Tak Sato, MBA has over 30 years of experience as a business and technology strategist and is a columnist for the "Northeast Ohio Boomer" magazine and also at the "Westlake | Bay Village Observer" newspaper. Mely has been in higher education for more than 25 years and has a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Development. The Center for Aging in the Digital World's website is


Anthony Nunez

is the CEO of INF Care where they have created the future of healthcare at home for older adults. Their systems helps the caregiver do their job better by using Ai and data to make home care more personalized, proactive and more affordable. Prior to the pandemic, he founded INF Robotics, which developed an autonomous robot called RUDY, to help older adults stay in their home longer. He volunteers his extra time as a Commissioner on Aging in Arlington where is the Legislative Committee chair, advocating for laws that support older adults. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Arlington Neighborhood Village. His passion is helping older adults remain independent.




June 5, 2024 Show

Marie Elium

Dating in your 20s or your 30s can be an emotional roller coaster. So, it is hardly surprising that it has become the topic of, among other things, innumerable dramas, songs, hit television shows and films. But all of the attention that has been paid to younger dating partners is definitely overlooking one thing.

Financial and health considerations, not to mention scars from pervious relationships, can make it quite challenging to form strong relationships after you have passed milestone birthdays. And that is why Marie Elium, editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer Magazine, suggests that people take a slow and patient approach to this challenge.

In making that point, she quotes Natalia Pajestka, a matchmaker with It's Just Lunch who stresses the need to remain in the present instead of overwhelming your date with details about your past.

The web site for Northeast Ohio Boomer is

Jerry Devis

The Farrell family learned an important lesson as they nurtured Carol who lived for years with Alzheimer's. The fact that there are precious few activities for people with dementia who are aging at home results in these individuals being burdened by considerable loneliness that worsens their condition. And they wanted to fill what they considered to be an oversight as they formed the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation during 2011.

More than almost anything else they wanted the activities this organization offers to make obvious one essential point: It is often assumed that people who are experiencing serious cognitive declines can no longer participate in creative endeavors, but when they have access to appropriately designed activities they can thrive and find joy in these experiences.

Jerry J. Devis serves as the Farrell Foundation's Executive Director. He previously taught art at all levels, K-12. The Ohio-based organization's web site is 



May 15, 2024 Show

Barbara Becker Holstein

maintains that people of all ages, particularly women, are often so dragged down by the negativism which surrounds them that they become unable to reach their fullest potential. But a practitioner of what she labels "positive psychology" Barbara maintains that this negativism can be overcome by following a daily regime that begins with a blessing, such as this simple verse which reads in part: "You can work your way towards becoming what she terms your enchanted self. "As you clear off the ice, and watch your step may your dreams of delight be forming, so that as soon as the sun shines bright you will be ready and able for the wonderful treats in storage for you!" Barbara, a New Jersey-based psychologist, has written books and created podcasts that detail elements of the positive psychology that she espouses. Her web site is

Elena LaVictoire

Traditionally, America's public school system has been revered for the role it played in preparing young people to take their place in the world. However, times have changed, and these days millions of Americans no longer have faith in this system, questioning if it even comes close to serving its "intended purpose." And as this skepticism deepens many parents are looking for alternatives to traditional classroom learning, with ever increasing numbers of them turning to home schooling. However, despite the fact that it might be gaining in popularity, this arrangement brings some tough questions to the fore.  Does home schooling provide students with the same essential socialization that in class learning might? Are parents who might have no training as educators really equipped to teach their children? Although there are no easy answers to these questions, Elena LaVictoire who has home schooled her children and grandchildren for years does have some intriguing responses.



May 1, 2024 Show

Betinna Dickson Rusher

Caring for somebody with dementia or other disabling diseases has always proved to be a challenging undertaking even under the best of circumstances. Due to worker shortages and other factors, however, nurturing a loved one who has special needs has become particularly taxing these days.

But help might be on its way in the form of the products sold by Memorable Pets. Cuddly, these dogs, cats and baby dolls calm and occupy the people who interact with them. Joy for All robots are a particularly popular item, possibly because they have interactive features. For example, the Joy For All- Robotic Black & White Tuxedo Cat Companion Pet  becomes increasingly more relaxed when you pet him until he eventually closes his eyes for a short snooze.

Bettina Dickson Rusher and her sister, Frances, founded Memorable Pets in response to the lessons they learned as they cared for their mother. The company's web site is



April 17, 2024 Show

Troy Duell

You might feel that you are not harming yourself in any discernible way when you add a few cups of sugar to the coffee you enjoy every morning. And you might also think the grab-and-go breakfast bar you gulp down as you rush out the door to work is also essentially harmless.

But these small indulgences might end up harming you more than you might imagine. Before you even realize it, they can add up to nearly 77 grams, the average amount of added sugars American adults consume daily, placing yourself in danger of experiencing health issues in the future.

But Troy Duell, host of the Frontline Health Podcast and CEO of Centurion Labs, however, notes that you can easily avoid these imbalances. Among other things he suggests that you become adept at identifying added sugars –sucrose, fructose, and high-fructose corn syrup – in your food and drinks.

The web site for the Alabama-based Centurion Labs is

Udo Erasmus

has been known to say that he was born in hell - in Europe during World War II – and then proceeded to travel a long and crooked path that eventually led him to heaven. And by his own accounting, he was assisted as he travelled down that road by friends he met personally as well as by those he never encountered face to face. But he often suffered from a lack of self-discipline until he was poisoned by pesticides during 1980 and began devoting himself to improving his health and helping others to improve theirs. Accordingly, he spent countless hours developing an oil blend that is both better balanced and more effective than flax oil. And he later followed that discovery with probiotics blends and digestive enzyme blends. The web site for the Vancouver, British Columbia company he established, Urdo's Choice, is



April 3, 2024 Show

Claire White

The Las Vegas-based Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is located in a restored former Post Office and Courthouse. And that building has special historical significance that makes it ideally suited to personifying the museum's mission: exploring the age-old battle between good guys vs. bad guys. Because it once housed one of the Kefauver Hearings which entranced a national television audience as Senatorial investigators and gangland characters did battle with one another to the delight of the American public. And the museum is not only designed to educate visitors, it also aims to entertain them. Accordingly, a "Speakeasy located in the museum's basement is designed to allow visitors to experience the ambience of the speakeasies that operated throughout the country during Prohibition.

The museum's web site is  Claire White serves as Its Director of Education.

Dr. Nuccitelli

Back in Wally and Beaver Clever days, bullies were pretty much limited to harassing others on a face-to-face basis; their reach was restricted to their immediate surroundings. However, the advent of computers has changed all of that. And well aware that modern day bullies - ipredators - can harm people over a broad geographic range the New York City based iPredator is working to keep young people and others safe online.

And hoping to achieve that objective it prioritizes informing people who might otherwise be vulnerable about the games ipredators play to gain power as they target others. It, likewise, provides essential infomation about the psychology that drives ipredators to wreak havoc over the internet. Dr. Michael Nuccitelli founded ipredators.



March 20, 2024 Show

Dr. Jeff Fisher

These days, a crimp in your back or a nagging pain in your shoulders might not necessarily have come from your being a weekend warrior who exercises vigorously but not often enough. And for that matter, parts of your body might not be throbbing because you have been working out in the gym full speed ahead. On the contrary, these discomforts might be attributable to something much less dramatic: your spending hours a day bending over your computer or otherwise interacting with technology. But Dr. Jeff Fisher, the originator of Fisher Traction, maintains that by making a few simple adjustments you can click away at your keyboard all day and still have virtually no aches and pains. One important hint: check your posture before you even begin bending over your computer, making certain that your shoulders are rolled back, your spine is straight, and your chin is tucked in.

The web site for the California-based Fisher Traction is 

Bruce Silverglade

Gleason’s Gym won fame and fortune as being a place where celebrities trained for matches. But its current owner Bruce Silverglade wants it to be a place where a much broader group of clients can test their athletic talents. These days, people tend to spend their time socializing and working with other folks who look like them. And the pandemic might have contributed to making that pattern even more the norm as people isolated themselves away from places people often socialize. But inclusiveness not exclusivity remains the norm at the Brooklyn-based Gleason’s Gym. People who might be preparing for professional bouts share close quarters with folks who are taking up boxing to get some exercise and try something new but have no intention of competing on any level. All sizes and show shapes, not to mention a great array of ethnic or racial backgrounds, are represented amongst its regular customers. That is hardly surprising as its current owner Bruce Silverglade remains committed to serving a broad clientele. Gleason’s Gym was first opened first during the Depression (1937) by Robert Gagliardi. Website is



March 6, 2024 Show

Dr. Michael Garko

These days, you hear a great deal about supplements and how they can help your body to achieve wellness. However, that dialogue has not necessarily offered a clear understanding of what they can accomplish and what common-sensical steps should be followed when you take them. Many questions remain.  Do supplements go through rigorous tests before claims are made about them? Are they tested by the FDA for safety and effectiveness? Will any supplements interact in negative ways with other medication that I am already taking?  If I go to a physician, I will be given a prescription that indicates precisely how much of a pharmaceutical I should take. But with supplements, I do not have that kind of certainty.  Dr. Michael Garko, a Florida-based nutritionist, can help to answer some ongoing questions you might have about supplements. He is  the spokesperson for Strauss Naturals and his website is:

Alice Burba

from Songs for Teaching

If you are, for example, a social Studies teacher who wants to enliven your lectures about the Civil Rights Movement, Songs for Teaching grants you an easily accessible way to achieve this objective. You can download excess of 55 songs from Songs for Teaching that address African American themes of pride, history, and culture.  And the Arizona-based Songs for Teaching not only benefits educators as it enriches their lessons. It also benefits musicians as it grants them a platform for the songs. By the standards of other platforms, the royalties they receive when their songs are downloaded are generous: 60% of all downloads sold for items that are sold exclusively on this website.  The Arizona-based Songs for Teaching has been in operation since 2012 . Its web site is Alice Burba owns this company.




February 21, 2024 Show

Christopher Cook

The Cleveland Heights – University Heights School District sponsors a program that runs against long-established educational traditions. Instead of expelling students whose behavior has become overly disruptive, it works to ensure they will graduate with their class. And many young people who have participated in that district's Alternative to Expulsion program have risen to the challenge as they achieved that goal.This program has garnered considerable praise, but it also raises many questions that prompt no easy answers. Might the participants in this program have managed to stay out of trouble in the first place if the schools had been more sensitive to their needs? Did the pandemic leave them with scars that cannot easily be healed by any program? Has their behavior reached the point where it would be next to impossible for them to steer themselves in more positive directions?

Christopher Cook heads this effort. The district's web site is  .

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford

When Jeannie Fleming-Gifford first began assuming caregiving duties for her mother, she was far from certain that she wanted to embark upon that journey. But in time she began to realize that being tossed into that role was actually a gift because it brought her great personal growth. And that is why she labeled the book she wrote about her experiences The Gift I Never Wanted: The Journey of Caregiving and Lessons Learned.

Jeannie hopes to help others who face the same challenges she did by passing along hints that will help them deal with the frustrations they encounter as they care for their aging parents' finances.

She suggests that they start this process by having a serious family discussion that might begin with open-ended questions such as "Are you concerned about anything related to your personal finances?" And then, the next step might involve working with them on a plan that will help to alleviate their concerns.



February 7, 2024 Show

Dr. Michael Scott Green

Does Las Vegas live by its own set of moral standards, remaining essentially oblivious to the ones that prevail elsewhere in America? Does it well deserve the title Sin City? Or is that simply a name the media has attached to it? Is it really a place where you can follow your whims without facing any repercussions because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Or is it actually more quintessentially American than some people might imagine. There are several reasons why that could be the case. It shares one thing in common with other American cities. Its growth has been supported by a strong profit motive. And at certain points in its historical timeline, it grew because the federal government was tossing large sums in its direction.  Dr. Michael Scott Green, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has some unique insights about this fascinating city.



Carl Harmon

All of the programs that Cleveland Fit for Life markets have the same goal in mind: they each promote wellness. It targets people over 65, the fastest growing age demographic in America, through its Senior Movement Fitness Program. But it goes far beyond simply working to keep members of this demographic healthy. It also offers personalized programs to people of all ages, helping them achieve their personal best.  It has been estimated that American corporations lose over $300 billion annually in productivity due to chronic diseases. By many accounts, these figures are linked to the fact that nearly 70 percent of all American adults are either overweight or obese and only 15 percent of them engage in physical activity on a regular basis. So, as this studio markets its fitness programs to corporations it presents them as being cost reduction efforts.  Carl Harmon is the owner and president of Cleveland Fit for Life. Its website is



January 17, 2024 Show

Bill Laurenson

According to a report published by Feeding America, a major food assistance organization, an estimated 49 million Americans turned to hunger relief programs for support during 2022. And these figures might cause some people to look around them and ask: "I see help wanted signs virtually everywhere. So, why don't people just get a job and then they will be able to buy food and will not need food assistance? The work is out there for people to take it. And if they don't want to work, why should anybody offer them a helping hand?  There are no easy answers to these questions. But Bill Laurenson, president of the Board at the Heights Emergency Food Center has some interesting insights. The center serves an average of 900 individuals people a month and has been open since 1981. Its website is

Pegi Robinson

Traditionally, Americans have been reluctant to talk about serious illnesses, much less about death. If, for example, cancer was mentioned at all it was simply called the Big C. But times have changed, and they are now more willing to reveal that they had a near death experience (NDE).  What stands responsible for this increased openness? And is our world necessarily a better place because people have become more open about discussing NDE? Or is it simply moving along the same trajectory one way or another? Nobody can respond to these questions with any degree of certainty.  But Pegi Robinson has gained some strong insights as she has interviewed numerous experiencers, Many of them report that their NDE were life altering, directing them to take up a new profession or strengthening their personal experiences. She has recorded many of their recountings for her NDETV show which can be downloaded at



January 3, 2024 Show

Dr. Lisa Rainsong

Dr. Lisa Rainsong considers birds, crickets, katydids, amphibians not humans who lived during a long-ago eon to be the world's first musicians. And in keeping with that fact, Lisa, a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, has recorded their songs extensively.

But she acknowledges that this challenge has often proved difficult because, as is often true with birds, you're more likely to hear insects and amphibians before you see them. Their coloring can be perfectly camouflaged into their environment, so spotting them is a challenge.

Lisa's field research on the crickets and katydids of Northeast Ohio includes surveys for park districts throughout the region. Her online field guide, Listening to Insects, can be found at

Her educational blog, Listening in Nature, has six years of educational tutorials and stories from the field about her exploration of birds, insect song, and amphibian song.

David Nassaney

When David Nassaney's wife, Charlene, suffered a severe stroke that greatly limited her mobility and ability to talk, he was thrust into a role for which nothing had ever prepared him. And one he certainly did not expect he would ever end up assuming. He became a caregiver. And he soon learned how exhausting and stressful assuming that role can be.

The first 2 to 3 years he spent as a caregiver were rough on many levels, but he soon learned a lesson that helped him handle that role while maintaining his equilibrium. As he puts it, "When you get on an airplane, they tell you to put on your emergency equipment before you help others with theirs. And extending this mantra to the role caregivers assume, they must first take care of themselves before they can help somebody else."

His web site is



December 6, 2023 Show

Laura Marks

During the 1890s, a tree enjoyed many more years of life after Cleveland Heights residents protested against it being removed so a trolley line could be extended. And throughout the decades that community has continued to show respect for trees as witnessed by the fact the Heights Tree People recently planted its 1000 tree in that community. Its efforts have been supported by numerous grants, such as one from Future-Heights that enabled it to build an urban arbor to Cleveland Heights' Caledonia District.

In partnership with Heights Libraries, HTP is planting a mini forest behind one of that system's facilities. Mulk has already been laid for the saplings that will be planted in the spring.

Laura Marks is a cofounder of HTP and the great-grand daughter of Henry Caine who was involved in the long ago rerouting of the trolley line to save a tree. HTP's web site is 


Lexi Ritt

People often feel overwhelmed by the challenges they face as they nurture a loved one with dementia. But the support that the Caregiving Coaching Program which is offered by the Cleveland branch of the Alzheimer's Association can help them regain their equilibrium. The Care Coaches are all master-level licensed social workers.

Often, they regain their sense of calm and confidence simply because their coach has made them more aware of the support that is available to them. But there are instances where the coaches have to go a step further.

They must guide participants towards making their care-giving challenges more manageable by involving friends and family in their efforts. And that can be a difficult step for people who are unaccustomed to asking for help.

Lexi Ritt serves as the program manager of support groups for this Alzheimer's organization chapter. Its web site is



November 15, 2023 Show

Neal Owens

We are moving towards the holiday season, and that means we have reasons to celebrate. But it also means things are happening that generally make people less than joyous. The days are getting shorter. It might be dark when you drive home at night or get up in the morning. But Neal Owens who owns the Maryland-based Sunbox maintains that there are ways we can compensate for what nature is not providing in the form of light. He claims that sitting under a bright light lamp of at least 10,000 lux on a daily basis can go a long way towards helping people cope with the darkness that surrounds them.  And going a step further, he notes that these devices can benefit people living with Alzheimer's as it leaves them less prone to mood swings. The web site for Sunbox which sells a wide variety of different bright light lamps is

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah

Ever since it was first initiated by community activists David and Queen Mother Falaka Fattah during the 1970s, the Philadelphia-based House of Umoja has committed itself to making the word "umoja" (unity) a reality in people's lives. And it has lived up to this commitment by providing more than 500 young Black males housing, granting them a sense of belonging, identity, and self-worth. It has also turned the The Adella, a mechanism for conflict resolution and problem solving, into a widely used tool. A summer program, the Umoja Youth Peace Corps provides weekly field trips plus training in study skills and career development.  Queen Mother Falaka Fattah now serves as this organization's CEO. She previously worked as a journalist, writing for the Philadelphia Tribune, The Philadelphia Independent and The Philadelphia Afro-American, The Bulletin, and national magazines. The organization's web site is



November 1, 2023 Show

Dr. Lisa Corsa

Being a weekend warrior, somebody who exercises vigorously a few days a week but remains essentially sedentary the rest of the time, can benefit you in numerous ways. At the very least, it can help you achieve a wide array of personal best as you, for example, surpass how fast you have ever previously run. But it can also have a distinct disadvantage. It can leave you with aches and pains that keep you up at night. And it some cases, it can even result in your suffering from serious injuries - tennis elbow, hamstring woes, or rotator cuff issues.

People who suffer from these discomforts sometimes end up having surgery followed by long recovery periods that keep them out of action. But Dr. Lisa Corsa, the chief physiotherapist at the Florida-Based Premier Therapy Solutions, has had considerable success in managing them through physical therapy.

Her web site is





October 18, 2023 Show

Dr. Michael Garko

Good times lie ahead for us as the calendar turns towards a long list of holidays. But as we all know in addition to holiday fun the cooler weather will also bring the flu season in its wake. Nationally known nutritionist Dr. Michael Garko notes, however, that there are ways that we can avoid the sniffles and other discomforts that these infections can cause. 

It is all a matter of keeping our immune system strong. And he maintains that contrary to popular belief, "It is possible to enhance our immune resilience at any age. Lifestyle changes and the right nutritional balance are pivotal. There's no 'one size fits all,' but by understanding our bodies and addressing deficiencies, we can significantly boost our defenses."

Dr. Garko produced and hosted the popular health talk radio show called "Let's Talk Nutrition." His web site is  

Jarvis Wrazen 

Joseph Pilates had been unhealthy as a child. But by undertaking a strenuous exercise regime he gained enough strength to excel as a bodybuilder, wrestler, gymnast, boxer, skier, and diver.

And eventually he perfected what has become known as the Pilates Method. Adopted by both dancers and elite athletes, it won the attention of George Balanchine, a director of the New York Ballet, who meshed this fitness system into his classes and routines. Over the years the number of Americans who practice Pilates has grown to over 10 million and counting.

Recounting his own excursion into Pilates, Jarvis Wrazen recalls that: "I attained a degree in exercise Physiology and was working as a personal trainer at a typical fitness gym and also serving coffee at a coffee shop. When the owner of a local Pilates studio came in and started chatting about his place I was intrigued and eventually ended up starting my Pilates career there."



October 4, 2023 Show

Pegi Robinson

Concerned that others would not take them seriously, people have generally been leery about mentioning any Near Death Experiences that they might have had. And if they do relate them at all they remember these experiences as having followed a familiar pattern: They were lifted through a tunnel to what might be described as a higher plane. And they were, subsequently, returned to their previous existence which was little changed by their NDE.

But many people that Pegi Robinson interviewed about their Near Death Experiences report that their experiences did not necessarily follow that familiar partner. Rather, they had myriad twists and turns that impacted upon the remainder of their lives. They might, for example, have found themselves directed towards taking up a new profession or strengthening their personal relationships.

Pegi Robinson has recorded many of these recountings for her ndetv show which can be downloaded at



September 20, 2023 Show

Janice Lombardo

For years serious diseases, such as cancer, much less death were never openly discussed in polite company. The most anybody would say – and they said it under their breathe if at all – is so and so has the Big C. Now, however, times have changed. People are more vocal about these matters than was ever previously the case. And death doulas are working to make certain that end of life transitions are treated like what they are – another part of life - as they provide both physical and emotional support to clients and their families.

Janice Lombardo, a death doula and founder of the Ohio-based My Angel Janice CEOLD uses as her tag line: "We plan for birth, let's plan for death too." She has over 22 years' experience as a medical advocate, caregiver and earned Death Doula certification from IAP College during April 2020. Her web site is


Donna Halper

Donna Halper might be described as being a Jill of all trades in the best sense of that term, because she has worked in a wide variety of different professions.

She spent over four decades in broadcasting, including more than 28 years as a radio programming and management professional, working with both college and commercial stations throughout North America. And she gained considerable recognition, not only for discovering the band Rush but also for authoring, among other books, "Boston Radio 1920-2010," which tells the story of Boston radio in words and pictures. In recognition of her efforts, Donna was recently inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame and given the Pioneer Broadcaster Award. The picture attached to this blurb shows Donna receiving her award from WBZ radio announcer, Jordan Rich.

But now Donna L. Halper, PhD has switched gears a bit. She is currently an associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her web site is




September 9, 2023 Show

Michael Green

Las Vegas has long been renown for being a place that does not live by the morality which rules the rest of America. But does it really deserve that distinction? Is the old refrain which promises that what you do there stays there actually true? Can you really have a good time there without facing any repercussions when you get home?

Or is Las Vegas more quintessentially American than you might be led to believe? Is it, as it has often been dubbed, sin city? Or is it the one remaining place in America where, thanks to the Culinary Union, people who have little formal education can gain entrée into the middle class by working hard?

Michael Green, a professor at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, has long studied Las Vegas' ongoing evolution and he has some intriguing responses to these questions. His web site is

Mike Malterre

You have probably always been told to apply sunscreen to your skin whenever you venture outside during the summer because it will protect you from the sun's harmful rays. But now many environmentalists are questioning that much repeated advice.

They maintain that sunscreen cannot accurately be described as being protective in any meaningful way because many brands contain Oxybenzone which can harm corrals. And residue from sunscreen flows into oceans at the staggering rate of 14,000 tons a year. That figure includes residue from people who apply it before they visit oceans as well as from people who apply it before they jog or picnic.

But Mike Malterre maintains that this environmental destruction does not have to continue as sunscreens that are safer than the traditional ones are now on the market. He is the executive vice president of Stream2Sea. Its web site is  .

Scientists have determined that sunscreen can harm our ocean's coral reefs. Why can this product prove harmful?



August 16, 2023 Show

Bruce Silverglade

Gleason’s Gym won fame and fortune as being a place where celebrities trained for matches. But its current owner Bruce Silverglade wants it to be a place where a much broader group of clients can test their athletic talents. These days, people tend to spend their time socializing and working with other folks who look like them. And the pandemic might have contributed to making that pattern even more the norm as people isolated themselves away from places people often socialize. But inclusiveness not exclusivity remains the norm at the Brooklyn-based Gleason’s Gym. People who might be preparing for professional bouts share close quarters with folks who are taking up boxing to get some exercise and try something new but have no intention of competing on any level. All sizes and show shapes, not to mention a great array of ethnic or racial backgrounds, are represented amongst its regular customers. That is hardly surprising as its current owner Bruce Silverglade remains committed to serving a broad clientele. Gleason’s Gym was first opened first during the Depression (1937) by Robert Gagliardi. Website is


Gayle Reeves
Many people dread one thing above almost anything else. As they need help with the tasks of daily living - walking, grooming, toileting, dressing, eating - they will end up having to enter a long-term nursing facility. But that dread can dwindle if they get the advice of an elder care attorney like Gayle Reeves who can steer them towards ways of making these challenges less foreboding.

They can, for example, inform clients about the asset and income guidelines they must meet to qualify for Medicaid benefits that will cover many of their medical expenses. And they can help them decide when they should begin the planning process that will culminate in their meeting these guidelines when the time comes?

Gayle Reeves is Past President of the Lorain County Bar Association. She currently a partner with the Ohio based Dooley, Gembala, McLaughlin, Pecora Attorneys at law Her web site is




August 2, 2023 Show

Lauri Scharf

The professionals at We Care...Because You Do, a program of the Ohio-based Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, are often called upon to help clients deal with difficult decisions that they might have been putting off for too long.  Has their loved one declined physically or mentally to the point where he or she can no longer be safely cared for at home? If the answer to that question is, for whatever reasons no, what alternatives are the most optimum? How can the alternative that they select be afforded? And possibly the most difficult challenges of all: How can they protect themselves from feeling they have failed their long-term partner if he or she ends up being institutionalized? How can they deal with the changes that will bring into their lives?  Linda Scharf is a care consultant with We Care and also trains other care consultants. The program's web site is 




July 19, 2023 Show

Sarah Dick

Sarah Dick has worked for more than 26 years as a message therapist and during that period of time, she has essentially kept her writing secondary to her day job. But recently, she has decided to take her scripting up to the next level as she wrote a book that is designed to help people who are new to her craft: New Massage Therapist's Guide: Proven and Practical Tips. Trained in a broad range of different techniques - Nuat Thai, Neural Reset Therapy, Craniosacral, Reflexology, Trigger Point, Reiki, Hot Stones, Pregnancy massage, Deep Myofascial Stretching, Medical massage, Swedish, and Deep Tissue – she generally sticks to one of these disciplines when working with customers. But when it seems appropriate, she relies upon her Signature Therapeutic Message, a blend of techniques that allows her to utilize whatever tool will best serve a client's needs.

Her web site is


Sherry Griffith

Griffith's writings and the sessions she shares with clients send a strong message: Only our restrictive beliefs about ourselves, coupled with everything we have have been taught about the world that surrounds us are stopping us from leading the life we desire.

She also maintains that individuals begin to transform themselves when they examine their core beliefs and, subsequently, replace the ones that are impeding their progress. And her recent book - "Discovering the Great I AM, One Woman's Journey to Find God," – presents some practical means by which people can work their way through this process.

As a practical nurse, Sherry worked in all areas of hospital nursing for 24 years. And then, at 38 after she decided to switch career paths, she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and followed it with a Master of Clinical Social Work Degree.

Sherry's web site is .



July 5, 2023 Show

Dr. Michael Garko

Most typically, our kidneys perform their intended functions adequately: maintaining our overall health as they filter waste products and excess fluids from the bloodstream, regulate electrolyte balance, and produce hormones that control blood pressure. However, over time – possibly due to their becoming overloaded with toxins - they sometimes stop functioning at an optimum level. And if this malfunction is not managed properly, it can lead to serious complications and potentially even be fatal. Dr. Michael Garko, a credentialed nutritionist, maintains that by following a natural protocol, people can protect themselves from suffering these ravages. He suggests that they

Maintain a balanced diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats while also limiting the intake of processed foods, and unhealthy fats.

Reduce their sodium Intake, as excess sodium can raise blood pressure and strain the kidneys.

Michael is CEO and President of Nutralogics. Its web site is 



June 28, 2023 Show

Carol Leslie

Carol Leslie's journey as a jazz singer carried her thousands of miles away from her home country, Scotland, and included a stop-off in Bermuda. The opportunity to record radio jingles while she relaxed amongst the palm trees, sun, and pink sand she found there must have made it hard for her to leave that island paradise. But she kept moving until she finally settled in her American home - Cleveland, Ohio to be exact – where she has performed at numerous different venues and an impressive list of local bands.

In addition to getting great satisfaction from her work as a jazz singer, Carol has also been challenged by her

day job as an occupational therapist, helping clients navigate their lives more effortlessly. And most recently, she has worked as a hypnotherapist, working with people to make them less burdened by anxieties and stressors.

Her website is



June 7, 2023 Show


Udo Erasmus

We all know that concussions can have serious consequences. But Dr. Udo Erasmus, a health educator, has what he considers good news. He maintains that concussions do not have to leave permanent damage because the brain can heal itself if it is supplied with essential fatty acids. A concussion that occurs when somebody is playing sports might initially appear to be nothing more than the price of being physically active. These injuries, however, can lead to confusion, headaches, and even more serious consequences in the future. Dr. Udo Erasmus, a consultant to the dietary supplement industry, acknowledges that concussions, which occur when the brain bangs against the skull, cannot always be avoided. But he maintains that following nutritional guidelines can help the brain heal after somebody has suffered one. He notes that "We've learned if we saturate the brain with what it is made of we can create the nutritional foundation making it possible for the brain to heal itself." And he suggests that balanced omega 3-6-9 oil combined with bioactive essential fatty acids can prove particularly helpful in this regard. Udo's web site is  . He has made thousands of TV and radio appearances both in this country and internationally.




May 17, 2023 Show

Dr. Nuccitelli

These days, children play games over the internet before they can even read. And the older they get, the more valuable it becomes to them. They might discover that it can make completing school assignments much easier. Or they might start envisioning it as being a modern-day magical carpet ride that can take them to Oz even though they never actually left Kansas. And whenever they feel lonely, they can enjoy socializing over it with friends who live far away from them.

But Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, a New York City-based psychologist, has become acutely aware that the internet also has a dark side. Among other things, it can bring the people who use it into contact with abusers (ipredators) who can harm them psychologically and emotionally. And he formed ipredators to make more people aware of this inconvenient truth.

This organization's web site is

Dr. Michael Garko

We all realize that the heart is quite an amazing organ. However, becoming aware of some essential facts about it can help us better understand just how amazing it really is. Even though it is only about the size of your fist, it is the strongest muscle in your body. And it keeps you alive by pumping blood through your entire system about 100,000 a day. In fact, under certain circumstances, it can even continue beating outside your body. Also noteworthy: your heart can change shape depending upon which emotion you are feeling.

But despite the fact it is truly amazing, your heart needs your help to remain healthy. An expert in the field of nutrition and lifestyle medicine, Dr. Michael Garko maintains that regular exercise remains the most essential aspect of a heart healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Garko is CEO and President of Nutralogics. Its web site is



May 3, 2023 Show

Craig Matis

When Craig Matis formed Connect to One during 2013, he had one main goal in mind. He wanted to help people who are living with special needs gain more self-confidence as they develop strong personal relationships. He maintained that if it accomplished that objective it would serve as an important adjunct to organizations that simply encourage members to socialize as a group.  The applications that prospective members send to Connect to One ask them to indicate, among other things, the nature of their disability and the type of relationship they are seeking – dating, friendship, networking. Their responses are reviewed and verified before they are placed in a password protected directory.  Members can view the profiles that have been posted in this database and place requests to meet another member. The recipient of this request can either accept or refuse it. This organization’s web site is



April 19, 2023 Show

Christopher Cook

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District has adopted something that clearly runs against long-established educational traditions. Instead of expelling students whose behavior has become disruptive, this district makes it possible for them to graduate with their class by enrolling them in its Alternative to Expulsion Program. And many of these young people have risen to the challenge by earning their high school diploma.

This effort has garnered praise from many quarters. It has, however, also raised many questions that prompt no easy answers. Might the participants in this program have managed to stay out of trouble in the schools had been more sensitive to their needs right from the very beginning? Did the pandemic leave them with scars that cannot easily be healed by any program? Has their behavior reached the point where it would be next to impossible for them to steer themselves in more positive directions?


Bob Leslie

Influenced by the 1960s folk music boom, Bob Leslie, a Scottish musician, began his musical career playing acoustic music. But instead of sticking to acoustic instrumentation, he followed the siren sound of electric instruments. And this transition brought him recognition. He was approached by the Kinks managers – who recorded demos of his songs – and Chrysalis Records – who were looking for someone to write music that had elements of Total Eclipse of the Heart!  Those early contacts didn’t pan out. But Bob later had the opportunity to work with members of hit bands like Camel, The Hank Wangford Band, Corey Hart Band, Clancy, Orange Juice, and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.   More recently, Bob has been presenting the Transatlantic Conversations during which he plays a wide array of songs. Some are ancient while others are modern. And they originate from both sides of the pond.  Bob’s web site is



April 5, 2023 Show

Pegi Robinson

These days, stories about people being brought back to life after they experience a near fatal drug overdose have become almost commonplace. And much has been published about the role that Narcan plays in leading them out of danger. But near-death experience (NDE) researcher, Pegi Robinson, maintains that while they might be dramatic these retellings fail to recount one important fact.  She maintains that at least some of these survivors might experience NDEs before they return to consciousness. NDEs occur when somebody’s soul enters a higher dimension before it rejoins the experiencer’s body; they often come in the wake of a stroke or other trauma, Pegi heads the Mid Ohio Valley Chapter of the International Association for Near Death Studies, which is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of NDEs. This North Carolina-based organization’s web site is

Lee Gerdes

maintains that people do not have to lie in bed night after night with a whole range of negative emotions – nervousness, anxiousness, frustration – surging through them because they cannot fall into a restful sleep. On the contrary, they can start getting the rest they crave sooner than they might ever suspect if they follow some simple procedures.

Among other things, he stresses the importance of creating a quiet, dark comfortable sleeping environment, keeping any possible distractions, such a television or a computer out of your bedroom. He also maintains that insomnia can be brought under control if you utilize newly developed technology that allows users to “even out” or “harmonize” their brains by listening to their own brain waves echoed by tones in real-time.

Lee is the CEO of Cereset, which he founded in the hopes of curing his own sleeplessness. Its web site is  .



March 15, 2023 Show

Aaron Zober

By some accountings, folks who prefer a plant-based diet and those who enjoy a juicy steak, or a hamburger, will never find common ground. But members of the California-based The Appropriate Omnivore have proved those skeptics wrong. Overlooking the fact that they follow very different diets, they have joined forces by taking up as their mantra - the exact diet you follow is not as important as is the fact you eat nutrient-dense foods, such as sourdough bread, that have long been mainstays of people’s diets. And these days they stress that eating an appropriate diet can do more than just benefit your health in a myriad of ways. It can also help you keep your food budget from spiraling out of control, an important consideration during this historical juncture when people experience sticker shock every time they visit a grocery store.  Aaron Zober originated the Appropriate Omnivore. Its web site over which it streams its podcasts is


Barbara Becker Holstein

 Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, a New Jersey based psychologist, practices what she labels positive psychology, which has incorporated as its mantra: Women of all ages have a great capacity for happiness and purpose. However, they often don’t know how to use their strengths to their best advantage on any level. So, they suffer a loss of physical and emotional energy that interferes with their mental health and their ability to live out their desires. But Barbara maintains that these negatives can be overcome by following a daily regime that starts with a blessing, such as this simple verse which reads in part. “As you clear off the ice, and watch your step may your dreams of delight be forming, so that as soon as the sun shines bright you will be ready and able for the wonderful treats in storage for you!”



March 1, 2023 Show

Elizabeth Maxwell

People with Down syndrome and their families will find something that can greatly enrich their lives the minute they walk into GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland: a supportive and welcoming environment. The commitment it makes to the people who participate in any of the 20 FREE educational and therapeutic-based programs it offers begins when parents receive a prenatal diagnosis that their fetus has Down Syndrome. This support can greatly reduce the anxieties these parents feel about the challenges that might lie ahead of them. And it continues in age-appropriate ways as people who are living with Down Syndrome reach adulthood. In addition to the purposeful programs, families are connected as they support and celebrate each other and their loved ones. 

GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland is part of an international organization with 57 Playhouses located throughout the United States and Mexico. Its website is  Lizz Maxwell is the Site Director.

Wayne Elliott

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both American men and women; an estimated 670,000 Americans died from it during 2020. But according to health and wellness educator Wayne Elliott, these facts and figures, no matter how grim they might sound, do not have to represent cause for alarm. Because by his accounting simple and affordable non-surgical interventions can protect people from the devastating impact of heart disease.  Speaking to that point, he indicates that when taken in the right proportions and with regularity certain herbs – aged garlic extract, European mistletoe, Motherwort flower, Cayene fruit, Bilberry leaf - have significant cardiovascular benefits. He also notes that chelation therapy which uses a chemical compound (EDTA) can make blood vessels more flexible, removes hardening mineral deposits from blood vessels and release nitric oxide, leading to vasodilation

Wayne serves as the media spokesperson for Strauss Naturals. That company’s web site is 



February 2, 2023 Show

Susan Gibson

Probably nothing terrifies people more than does the thought that they or a loved one might slide into dementia as they develop Alzheimer’s. However, Susan Gibson, the formulator of Vivolor Memory Support, maintains that these declines can be managed, albeit not totally reversed, if people follow simple nutritional and lifestyle guidelines.  For example, Susan notes that that exercise improves cognitive function; in fact, she ranks it as being the most powerful thing somebody can do to ensure their brain remains healthy. By her accounting, taking a 30-minute brisk walk at least 3 times a week can lead to a 46% reduction in dementia. But she acknowledges that although the regime she recommends might help people at any stage of memory loss, it is generally most effective when started early. Susan brings to her efforts a diverse educational background – a pharmacy degree and Harvard MBA. Her company’s web site is  


January 4, 2023 Show

Neal Owens

These days, literally millions of Americans face serious mental health challenges. And a wide range of opinions have been forwarded as regards what can be done to help them regain their emotional equilibrium. Some argue that medication can make them better able to cope. Others, meanwhile, have claimed that everything from medication to acupuncture or exercise can serve this same purpose. While he doesn’t discount any of these observations, Neal Owens, who owns the Maryland-based Sunbox, claims they might be overlooking one important thing. He maintains that sitting under a bright light lamp of at least 10,000 lux on a daily basis can go a long way towards helping people cope with the emotional challenges they face. This therapy, he maintains, can prove particularly beneficial for people living with Alzheimer’s as it can leave them less prone to mood swings. The web site for Sunbox which sells a wide variety of different bright light lamps is 

Dr. Thelma Reese

A CNN report concluded that math and reading scores for 9-year-olds in the US fell between 2020 and 2022 by a level not seen in decades, and it interpreted this drop as being a foreboding sign of the state of American education. What can be done to bring these test results up to standards? Do students need smaller classes longer school hours. Should they receive counseling that could help them rebound from the pandemic which kept them out of the classroom for months on end? Obviously, nobody has any easy responses to these questions which touch upon very complex issues. But Dr. Thelma Reese definitely has some responses that deserve our attention. A retired professor of English and Education, she served as the director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy for the City of Philadelphia and hosted a local cable show. Her book How Seniors Are Saving the World can be purchased at this link.



December 21, 2022 Show

Special Guest: Udo Erasmus

Good nutrition provides the body with the basic building blocks and essential nutrients that support its many biological tasks. At Udo’s Choice, we make the greatest public health impact by purposefully focusing on the following areas of nutrition, to help you: Get your fats right, improve digestion, and increase your consumption of greens.

In addition to Udo’s Hall of Fame status with the CHFA and National Nutrition, our Udo’s Choice products have consistently won awards in the their respective categories for quality and effectiveness since the 1990s.


In the second-half of the program: Harriet and Zman take a look back at 2022.



December 7, 2022 Show

Gail Kerzner

People write every day without making certain their words are perfectly aligned with each one of them sending an important message. And when it comes to Tweeting, blogging, or filling up their Facebook page people might be more concerned about making an impact – possibly, even being a bit flamboyant - than they are about following established guidelines. They might figure that is the way that they will get “likes” and “followers.” 

There are, however, times when they become obliged to pay close attention to how they express   themselves. When they write college application letters. When they compose advertisements for their business. When they write research papers. When they finally compose that long awaited Great American novel and want to make it shine. These are the occasions when the services offered by the Savvy Red Pen can come in handy. That company’s website is  ,and it was originated by Gail Kerzner. 

Gary Growden

These days people experience sticker shock whenever they venture into a grocery store and notice how the prices on their favorite items have increased exponentially in an amazingly short period of time. And they are wondering, “These expenses are breaking my budget. What can I do that will make my groceries more affordable?” Gary Growden, a veteran of the food processing industry, does not claim he has any easy answers to these queries.

But he does maintain that learning some methods by which food can be preserved might in time become a real budget saver. For example, he notes that drying it in the sun or in an oven is considered to be the easiest and the least labor-intensive way to preserve food; it removes the water that most bacteria and mold need to grow.

This company’s web site is   



November 16, 2022 Show

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli

The internet has won hearts and minds because it can in a manner of speaking transport people virtually anywhere they might choose to go – a 21st century magic carpet ride. So, they speak about it in glowing terms. But as the New York City-based psychologist Dr. Michael Nuccitelli notes this technology has a dark side. All too often, it becomes a vehicle for internet predators (ipredators) or cyberbullies and other undesirable types to work their mischief. And because he realizes that this misbehavior can greatly harm those whom it targets, Michael has committed himself to spreading what he considers to be an important lesson. Keeping yourself safe online starts with taking one thing into account. Cyberbullies begin their games by worming themselves into people’s confidence. In that sense, their behavior mirrors that of predators who function through personal contact and the same precautions are needed.

Jeremy Manson

Young people who enter care centers have the same hopes and expectations as do others in their age grouping. They want opportunities to develop and hone their talents. And as long as they remain mentally alert, that might be a realistic hope even if they face serious physical challenges. Unfortunately, however, the facilities they enter are often ill equipped to answer their needs; they are designed to serve another generation. So, the young people who reside in them languish. Jeremiah Mason knows from personal experience the frustrations they face. After an automobile accident left him a triple amputee, he entered a Virginia care center. And since that point, he has been working to serve as an advocate for young people in care centers. While individuals under 65 years of age represent only a small percentage of individuals in these institutions, their number in the hundreds of thousands on a national level.



November 2, 2022 Show

Linda Krasienko

There is a question that individuals who are involved in social movements on an ongoing basis ask themselves regularly: Have my efforts and the efforts of many other people actually made this world a better place? And Linda Krasienko, a long-term gay activist is no exception to thus general rule. Sure, she obviously knows that the legalizing of gay marriage represents a great step forward. However, how far has that legalization really gone to make life easier for people whose lifestyle does not conform to accepted norms?  But now, however, help might be on the way for these individuals. Studio 117, an entertainment venue located on the boundary between Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio will be expanding to include a wider range of facilities, including a retirement community, a clinic, and a motel. This project will be completed over the next two years.  
Studio West 117’s web site is    


Bridget Siljander

The Youth Legacy Foundation is committed to dispelling an assumption which it believes has gained far too much coinage - people with disabilities are by the very nature of things on the receiving not the giving end of assistance. And committed to accomplish this mission the Minnesota-based organization has been linking young people with volunteer opportunities that will help them gain confidence and experience. To help them along on this journey, it connects them with role models – some of whom are disabled and some of whom are not disabled – who will support their efforts. Some youths participate as individuals while others take place in various activities as part of a group, benefiting from companionship. The Foundation was formed during 2011. Bridget Siljander serves as its executive director. She has been active in the disabilities community since 1997 and this is the third organization she has helped to develop.
The foundation’s web site is



October 19, 2022 Show

Special Returning Guest: Eric Anderson

Throughout history, social norms have dictated that generations be separated from one another in ways almost too numerous to count. But the pandemic widened the gaps between age groups to a greater extent than had ever previously been the case as it kept people isolated from one another. As a precautionary measure against the virus spreading, grandchildren were not allowed to visit their grandparents. At the height of the health emergency senior citizens were advised not to leave their homes unless it was absolutely necessary.

But the Sherbrooke Centre in Canada’s Saskatchewan Province has progressed far beyond the point where such precautions were the norm. Togetherness is the name of the game as six graders attend classes in the center and socialize with residents. Eric Anderson serves as its Communications Leader. Information about the program can be downloaded from this link



September 21, 2022 Show

Bruce Silverglade

Gleason’s Gym won fame and fortune as being a place where celebrities trained for matches. But its current owner Bruce Silverglad wants it to be a place where a much broader group of clients can test their athletic talents. These days, people tend to spend their time socializing and working with other folks who look like them. And the pandemic might have contributed to making that pattern even more the norm as people isolated themselves away from places people often socialize. But inclusiveness not exclusivity remains the norm at the Brooklyn-based Gleason’s Gym. People who might be preparing for professional bouts share close quarters with folks who are taking up boxing to get some exercise and try something new but have no intention of competing on any level. All sizes and show shapes, not to mention a great array of ethnic or racial backgrounds, are represented amongst its regular customers. That is hardly surprising as its current owner Bruce Silverglade remains committed to serving a broad clientele. Gleason’s Gym was first opened first during the Depression (1937) by Robert Gagliardi. Website is



September 14, 2022 Show

David Nassaney

Speaking from long experience, David Nassaney is fast to note that the gas distribution industry has transitioned dramatically since he first entered it as a worker for family-owned gas stations during the 1960s. But alert to its nuances, he also maintains that much about the way this industry functions has remained constant.

The oil companies will almost invariably act in their own best interest even if their tactics rarely end up benefiting dealers. Consequently, these entrepreneurs are often forced to deal with customers angry about rising prices even though those increases do not necessarily lift their profits.

Interviews that Dave has had about these matters with numerous television stations throughout the country can be downloaded at And his book that details experiences as a gas station owner – Getting Hosed? Secrets, Confessions and Tales from a Gas Station Owner can be purchased from Amazon.



September 7, 2022 Show

Malika Moore

It might be a hard truth to accept. But despite the fact that they both begin with the letter “a” the words “aging” and “amazing” are rarely used in conjunction with one another these days. If somebody can still play a concerto with great gusto in their 90s, superlatives – “wonderful,” “inspirational” - might be tossed their way. Their concerts might be afforded due respect. But less face it, that degree of adulation is hardly the norm. For the most part older people are viewed in less than positive terms.

None of that, however, deterred Malika Moore from forming Aging and Amazing during 2019 and overseeing its development. This Washington, D.C. – based organization offers an online community for elders and their care givers. And it also connects people with local professionals who specialize in treating the elderly.

Aging and Amazing’s web site is 



August 17, 2022 Shows

Julie E

Registered dietician Julie E. runs against traditional thinking when she claims that despite the fact periods of forgetfulness are often labeled senior moments much younger people can experience them.

And in supporting that claim, she notes that brain fog is often attributable to candida (yeast) overgrowth rather than to the aging process. And this overgrowth is often accompanied by additional symptoms: gas, bloating, eczema and dandruff, nail fungus, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, depression, itching in the ears and in the genital region.

Working from that understanding, Julie E. suggests that her clients bring their candida overgrowth under control by making dietary changes-eliminate or seriously restrict all sugar and alcohol; restrict carbohydrates such as fruit, starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes. She also recommends that they take a high potency pro-biotic or an herbal anti fugal.

Julie’s web site is

Carol Leslie

People feel very relaxed as they undergo hypnotherapy. But as they enjoy that peacefulness, this process is having a powerful effect upon their body.

By retraining the brain, it can help people gain the strength to break negative patterns that have proved disruptive by creating stress in their lives. But while it can greatly benefit people it is not miraculously wipe away all their pain.

So, the Ohio-based Carol Leslie begins the sessions she holds with clients by helping them gain a realistic understanding of what hypnotherapy can accomplish for them. To use her terminology, she gently guiding them awaHy from a “Hollywood” vision of it as being a cure all. And she then works with them to evolve strategies that will allow them to relax their brains and allow healing to occur. She conducts all sessions virtually or by phone.

Carol Leslie’s web site is



August 3, 2022 Show

Tommy Fello

Staffing remains an ongoing challenge and smaller establishments are facing stiff competition from fast food that are better equipped to handle drive-through orders and can afford to charge lower prices. Then, there is the fact that many people, leery of becoming infected by the virus, are avoiding all public places.

Throughout history many businesses have become the victims of changing economic times. Are restaurants or are at least a substantial number of them slated to endure the same fate, no matter what anybody does to try and save them. Or can steps be taken to help ensure their continued viability? There are no easy answers to those questions. But Tommy Fellow who has run the Ohio-based Tommy’s for 50 years no doubt has some intriguing responses.

Tommy’s web site is 


Sam Kukich

At this point, many people are wondering: Is the fact that for profit nursing homes often fail to keep their promises tied to their desire to lower expenses? Does the fact that they are understaffed stem from management’s desire to save money as much as it does from the fact they simply cannot attract enough workers?

Working through the Virginia-based Dignity for the Elderly, Sam Kukich has studied many facilities and found that the suspicions she and others hold about them have been largely substantiated. This organization is not, however, content to merely document an inconvenient truth - these institutions are riddled with shortcomings that could endanger residents. It has teams that are working throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Kenya to upgrade the care that nursing home residents receive.

Dignity for Aged website is 



July 20, 2022 Show

Anthony Nunez


As the CEO of INF Care Anthony Nunez has been instrumental in developing RUDY, in common parlance a robot, who can help seniors or disabled individuals stay safe and connected. And he road tested this technology during the pandemic as he worked with Medicaid to bring just the software from RUDY into homes throughout the Washington DC area.  And now the Virginia-based INF Care is launching a new service called AT HOME CONCIERGE which is a support system to help independent older adults remain independent at home.  As the name implies it is designed to make it possible for seniors and others with special needs to age at home. These check-ins focus on daily connectivity for individuals at home, getting answers on informational requests and help with scheduling but most importantly, listening to the client. Subscriptions can be purchased on a month-by-month, with there being no fee for cancellations and everything is included.

INF’s web site is


Donna Halper

The years young people spend in college are traditionally thought to be the best years of their lives. They have evolved beyond their teenaged angst and are not yet obliged to take on adult responsibilities. Yet, that idealized image no longer seems to represent the realities of college life for many students. If nothing else, they are pressured by the thought of repaying college loans, debts that might oblige them to accept a high paying rather than an ideal job. And the pandemic continues to spread a somberness over everything.

Donna Halper, a professor at Leslie University in Boston, remains uniquely position to help us better understand the factors that are making their college years less than joyous for many students. She worked in youth orientated radio during the 1960s and 1970s, so she can compare the lives of students from two very different generations. Her website is



July 6, 2022 Show

Robert Adams

was instrumental in forming the Florida-based National Red Alert Company, which markets rapid response systems that allow people to bypass 911 as they contact emergency assistance. His involvement with this company evolves naturally from his passion for utilizing technology in ways that can save lives by speeding response times.  In discussing the potential of the system, he has helped develop, Robert notes that: “US regulators estimate that as many as 10,000 lives could be saved every year by reducing police response times by as little as one minute. In addition to saving lives, it could spare crime victims needless mental and physical trauma by faster police response.” Robert has also played a major role in developing web-based marketing systems for independent businesses. Intermeshing tried-and-true fundamentals with web-based system technologies, this system allows these businesses to compete effectively with known retail giants.

The web site for National Red Alert is 


Dan Barker

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution delivers a strong message: church and state must remain separated. But over the centuries considerable disagreement has raged as regards how this separation should express itself. And that debate has become particularly intense in recent years as many political candidates have made their religious beliefs the cornerstone of their campaigns.

Are they stepping over boundaries when they bring religion into realms where it night not belong? Or are they simply utilizing their freedom of speech rights? Nobody has the definitive response to that query. But it is the type of question that the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes separation of church and state, approaches from many angles. Dan Barker is the President and co-founder of this organization, coming to his position after gaining renown as a preacher with a bent for song.

The foundation’s web site is



June 15, 2022 Show

Mary Verdi Fletcher

Dancing Wheels delivers a strong message: performers in wheelchairs – seated dancers - can navigate around the stage with as much panache and dexterity as can dancers who move in more traditional ways. In fact, their presence can make a performance even more captivating than would otherwise be the case.  And their talent plus their resilience stands responsible for the fact that this troupe has received considerable recognition since it first began performing during the 1980s. The company has grown over the years until it currently serves as a training site for students from around the globe. Could Dancing Wheels become as successful as it has been if it was started now? Or would tough economic times make it virtually impossible for this venture to survive? There are no easy answers to these questions. But Mary Verdi Fletcher who originated the group has some intriguing responses.

Dancing Wheels web site is​ is 

Check the Dancing Wheels web site for information on its upcoming events.

Sara Lawrence-Sucato

As she describes it, Sara Lawrence-Sucato wears many hats within the Dancing Wheels organization. Retired after sixteen years dancing with the troupe that features both seated and standing dancers, she now serves as the company's rehearsal director and also handles outreach and in-studio classes for the School of Dancing Wheels.

Thanks to her experiences, she can offer valuable insights into some intriguing questions. Should integrated dancing be incorporated into more generalized programs for individuals with mobility issues? Can participating in integrated dancing help standing dancers gain more meaningful understanding of body movements than they might otherwise gain? Has integrated dancing ever been taught to veterans or others who were injured in wars as a means of helping them cope with their injuries?

Dancing Wheels was first organized during the 1980s and since its inception, it has become a leading source of inspiration and knowledge for other integrated dancing troupes. Its website is



June 1, 2022 Show


Mary Verdi Fletcher

Dancing Wheels delivers a strong message: performers in wheelchairs – seated dancers - can navigate around the stage with as much panache and dexterity as can dancers who move in more traditional ways. In fact, their presence can make a performance even more captivating than would otherwise be the case.  And their talent plus their resilience stands responsible for the fact that this troupe has received considerable recognition since it first began performing during the 1980s. The company has grown over the years until it currently serves as a training site for students from around the globe. Could Dancing Wheels become as successful as it has been if it was started now? Or would tough economic times make it virtually impossible for this venture to survive? There are no easy answers to these questions. But Mary Verdi Fletcher who originated the group has some intriguing responses.

Dancing Wheels web site is​ is 

Check the Dancing Wheels web site for information on its upcoming eventa..


Second Half of Show: 

Practical thoughts about guns and gun control from an enthusiastic gun-owner.



May 18, 2022 Show

Pegi Robinson


Near Death experiences occur when after an injury or other trauma, somebody’s spirit or whatever other word seems most appropriate within this context – moves into another realm before it returns to their physical body. Some people, however, think that this description remains overly dramatic. They maintain that NDEs might simply represent neural activity that closely resembles what goes on during a phenomenon called sleep paralysis.  However, they might conceptualize them, have people become more open over the years to accepting accounts of NDE? There are no easy answers to these questions? But Pegi Robinson who heads the Mid Ohio Valley Chapter of the International Association for Near Death Studies, which is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of NDEs should help us to gain some insights into these mysteries? The IANDS’ web site is



May 5, 2022 Show

Lauri Scharf

At one point, when an older person began to falter long term care in a nursing facility was almost the only available option for that individual. But times have changed and these days many even those who have been diagnosed with dementia, manage to remain in their own homes.

However, that arrangement might be contingent upon their receiving the type of support that We Care…Because You Do, a program of the Ohio-based Benjamin Rose Institute can provide. We Care can help the elderly and their care givers deal with major challenges: planning for long-term care; handling financial and legal concerns; exploring housing options and respite possibilities. And its offerings can prove more vital than ever as COVD precautions continue to make connecting with services more difficult than ever.

Lauri Scharf is a care consultant with We Care and also trains other care consultants. This program’s web site is

Dr Julie Gatza

The pandemic resulted in literally millions of people experiencing welcomed personal growth. They might have gained a greater appreciation for nature or strengthened their relationship with loved ones. But human nature being what it is, some less than optimum habits also came into play during the pandemic. People journeyed to their refrigerator and indulged in some high calorie treats more often than might have been optimum. The result of this indulgence: weight gains of 20 pounds or more became almost the norm.

How can people manage to lose that unwanted baggage? There are no easy answers to that riddle. However, Dr. Julie Gatza, co-founder of the Florida Wellness Institute, has some established some guidelines that can help people get back into their fighting shape. She maintains that, while this challenge might not prove easy, making lifestyle changes can help them reach their goals.

Her web site is


April 20, 2022 Show

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah

Initiated by community activist David and Falaka Fattah the Philadelphia-based House of Umoja began operating during the 1970s. And since that point, it has committed itself to making the word “umoja” (community) a reality as it has become a source of counsel and personal development for neighborhood youths. In addition to providing homes for many young males who might not otherwise have stabilized housing, it has also turned the The Adella, a mechanism for conflict resolution and problem solving into a widely used tool. Through its planting seeds program, The House of Umoja's Planting Seeds posts posters emblazoned with anti-violence messages throughout marginalized neighborhoods. While it acknowledges that this strategy is simple rather than elaborate, the messages these posters spread will have the power to counteract the negativism that is spread by the media and other sources. An array of them can be downloaded at    The House of Umoja’s web site is 



April 6, 2022 Show


Margaret Nash and Karen Graves


During 1974, Marjorie Rowland, a guidance counselor in Ohio’s Mad River School District was fired for being open about her bisexuality. Her case made its way to the Supreme Court after a lower court ruled that her openness was not constitutionally protected, because it did not touch upon matters of public concern. The Justices declined to consider it. However, in a spectacular dissent, Justice William Brennan argued that the First and Fourteenth Amendments apply to bisexuals, gays, and lesbians. That dissent became the foundation for LGBTQ civil rights advances ever since it was written.


And in recognition of that fact Margaret Nash and Karen Graves have written a book - Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights – that commemorates that case and will be published by Rutgers University Press this August. Both of these women have previously written extensively about educational issues

Margaret Nash

Karen Graves



March 16, 2022 Show

Jeanna Davis


Statistics compiled by the Nursing Home Abuse Center indicate that one out of ten people age 65 or older who live at home suffer elder abuse. This mistreatment which can be physical, emotional or financial in nature remains a matter of serious concern as it often has a devastating impact upon the victims. In extreme instances, it can even increase their chances of dying by 300%.   


Yet, for years, this problem has remained largely hidden from public view. The news media rarely if ever mention it. Victims remain too embarrassed or too intimidated to seek help. However, the Ohio based Eliza Bryant Village Elder Justice Center is not only working to bring this abuse out into the open. It is also provides care for victims of this mistreatment.  


This center offers them a shelter, where they are safe from mistreatment and their dignity is respected. The center’s web site is   



February 17, 2022 Show

Dr. Thelma Reese

Particularly during the early days of the pandemic it was announced ad infinitum that older Americans face more dire circumstances if they contract the virus than do younger Americans. And in substantiating these warnings, medical authorities pointed to two factors: Seniors tend to have weakened immune systems plus underlying health problems. However, these pronouncements overlooked the fact that seniors can be more resilient than some give them credit for being. And the fact that they have attained their advancing age attests to the fact that they are survivors who can withstand hard times.

Dr. Thelma Reese is well equipped to speak to these points. As they wrote “How Seniors are Saving the World: Retirement Activists to the Rescue” BJ Kittredge, a health editor and Dr. Thelma Reese, who blogs at , were determined to present their generation in a more positive light than is often the case.


Christopher Cook

Traditionally, students have been expelled if their behavior became overly disruptive. But the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District’s Alternative to Expulsion Program grants them another chance to graduate with their class. Christopher Cook heads that effort. We all know how difficult the pandemic has been for young people. By virtually all accounts, a high proportion of them have suffered anxiety and depression; feelings of confusion or hopelessness are widespread. And these challenges might be even more extreme for young people who have already exhibited behavior problems as have participants in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District’s Alternative to Expulsion Program. This effort has one major goal in mind: ensure that participants graduate with their class. Has the pandemic made it more difficult for them to reach that goal? Have the uncertainties that have come in its wake created turmoil that prevented them from moving forward? Has it lessened their motivation to take positive steps towards securing their future? Christopher Cook who heads this program can provide us with some responses to these quandaries.



February 2, 2022 Show

Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci

Medical students generally spend much of their time attending classes or working in laboratories and medical facilities. But Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci has spearheaded programs that takes students far outside their usual comfort zone. They might learn through virtual reality learning labs how visual or hearing issues can make it difficult to function. Or they might spend time either living as a older resident for 2 weeks in a long-term care facility or providing care to patients who are dying as the students live for 48 hours in an acute care hospice home. No matter what the specifics, these experiences all have a similar goal: help students at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine better understand the emotions patients encounter as they face aging and end of life issues.

Has the pandemic forced Dr. Gugliucci and her staff to totally curtail or greatly change their programs? Has it made their efforts more essential than was ever previously the case? You can read more about Dr. Gugliucci’s work at this link. She serves as a professor and director of geriatrics research at her Maine-based college, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Dr. Fran Parker

These days, psychological terms are tossed around with impunity, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is no exception to that general rule. But that outspokenness does not necessarily mean the public as a whole comprehends the challenges individuals who are living with this condition face.

And the pandemic has seemingly made these challenges more daunting than might normally be the case. The places they frequent regularly are open one minute and then closed the next. And the virus has also cut them off from the support systems that were nurturing them.

How are they managing to cope? Are they relying upon their own personal strengths which might not previously have been recognizing? Are they becoming adept at utilizing on line sources that help stabilize them?

There are no easy answers to these questions, but Dr. Fran Parker a Michigan-based psychologist who has long worked ADHD clients can provide some intriguing responses.



January 19, 2022 Show


Tom Hlavin

Tom Hlavin’s background is in sales. But his experience in the business world has taught him the importance of identifying a need and finding the most efficacious means of answering it. So, when he came to believe that a lack of technological skills was isolating many senior citizens, he swung into action.  Spending his own money, he bought 150 Fire tablets. And that purchase turned out to be the beginnings of the Ohio-based Simply Virtual which seeks to welcome seniors to today’s wired world.  It has distributed nearly 400 tablets - internet access - to participants. 

Along the way Tom has had to prove his mettle as a problem solver. For example, when shaky hands or arthritis proved utilizing the tablets challenging he bought styluses for participants to use. And he has sent technicians to work directly with seniors who needed that personal contact to improve their technical skills. 

This organization’s web site is 

Laurel Wittman


Caring for a disabled or chronically ill individual can prove stressful and wearing even under the best of circumstances, much less during a pandemic. But it can become particularly demanding when somebody is nurturing a spouse or partner. And that is why the New Jersey-based Well Spouse Association (WSA) is committed to supporting individuals who are dealing with these challenges.  


Although it is sometimes viewed in these terms, spousal care giving is not something that only involves the aged. Nor is it limited to supporting individuals who are living with any specific disease. And aware of that fact, Well Spouse provides a wide range of programs, increasing the chances that members will find offerings that fit their specific needs. That list includes Support Groups (currently meeting online), an online chat forum, mentorship, respites, and a bi-monthly publication. 


Laurel Wittman serves as President of WSA’s Board of Director. The organization’s web site is 



January 5, 2022 Show

Sam Kukich

After Sam Kukich became aware that long-term care facilities often provide residents with less than optimum, she became committed to fixing what she considered to be a great wrong. And that resolve led her to form Dignity for the Aged.  Soon after her mother-in-law moved into a long-term care facility, Sam Kukich became aware that this institution and others like it provide a level of care that veers far from what they advertise themselves as providing. And this awakening led her to form the Virginia-based Dignity for the Aged. This organization has worked to upgrade the care that nursing home residents receive. It has teams that are working to achieve that objective throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Kenya. And this organization is also committed to increasing awareness of some economic realities: Understaffing in long term care facilities is often attributed to the fact that these facilities are not managing to attract workers. But much more might be involved. Financial interests might welcome understaffing as being a means by which they can boost profitability by cutting costs. Dignity for Aged website is 

Aaron Zober

Some of the people who visit the Appropriate Omnivore web site might be strict vegetarians, while others might regularly partake in a juicy steak. No matter what their personal preferences, however, it strongly encourages them to eat nutrient dense foods, such as sourdough bread or grass fed cheese, that have long been mainstay’s of human’s diets. And it emphasizes that health-giving treats such as a popsicle made with real fruit can be just as tasty as might be a treat loaded with sugar.

Aaron Zober, a transplanted Midwesterner, originated the Appropriate Omnivore after he moved to California. Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan push him to make that commitment as it convinced him that animals which are pastured and raised humanely are needed to save the planet.

The Appropriate Omnivore web site on which its podcasts are hosted is



December 16, 2021 Show

Harriet and Zman discuss what might be expected during the coming year

and what people will read about our decade 20 to 40 years from now.

Paul Kidd

When Paul Kidd moved to Cleveland during 2019 he became determined to do something that to the best of his knowledge nobody had ever previously done. He decided to acquaint himself with his adopted hometown by running down each of its streets. By his estimation, he will have travelled about 1500 miles by the time he reaches his goal. And he has been keeping a blog so he can share his adventures with others.

This project, which has become a passion for him, is not only acquainting Kidd with Cleveland. It is also helping him stay active physically. He has long been a recreational runner but most of his runs have been in gym. When they were closed during the pandemic, he had to find an alternative means of exercising and that is exactly what his project has afforded him.



December 1, 2021 Show

Jill Cohen

In a manner of speaking our entire country – not only people who have lost somebody to the virus – is experiencing a state of mourning.  And there are many reasons why people are feeling overwhelmed. They might have lost their job as their business closed or laid off people during the pandemic.  Or, less dramatically, they might have come to perceive themselves as be  ng a stranger in a changing world where service is no longer delivered and the shelves are not stocked.  What can be done to support people who are enduring emotional and physical stress for any of the above reasons? Is their discomfort likely to become even more acute than ever as we enter the holiday season? There are no easy answers to these questions. But Jill Cohen, a New York City-based grief counselor, has some valuable insights. Her web site is  

Mark Cheplowitz

Great spectacles to commemorate major events or holidays have long been part of the American landscape. During the pandemic, however, they have not been nearly as vibrant, flamboyant or attention grabbing was once the case. In fact, most typically, pandemic restrictions have prevented them from taking place at all. But all of that might be changing as Americans begin putting the pandemic behind them. Will these spectacles ever reach their previous highs or will they forever be relegated to much toned-down versions. There are no easy answers to these questions as nobody can reliably predict the future.  However, Mark Cheplowitz, the founder and president of the New York City-based Wizard of Ahs, has some thought-provoking insights on these matters. Some of his credits: He served as the Creative Consultant for the Super Bowl, Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, and Monday Night Football.

His company’s website is 



November 22, 2021 Show

Craig Matis   Connect to One

Connect to One was formed during 2013 by Craig Matis who had come to believe that an organization which encourages individuals who have special needs to develop relationships was desperately needed. His experiences as the father of a son with special needs lent an urgency to his commitment.  And at least in one case, these relationships formed through Connect to one have resulted in something permanent. As Josh M and Katie M, who are engaged to be married, described it: "Hey, Craig. Thank you for all your help. I can't tell you how thankful me and Katie are for your helping us find each other. Thank you."  The applications that prospect members send to Connect to One are reviewed and verified before it is placed in a password protected directory. Members can view profiles in this data base and place requests to meet another member; the recipient can either accept or refuse this request. This organization’s web site is

Email Craig: 



November 17, 2021 Show

Chief Annette Mecklenberg

Recent tragedies have led Americans to proclaim almost in unison that police departments are not exercising sufficient vigilance when they hire and retain officers, allowing officers who represent a clear danger to remain on the force. However, while Americans are generally united in making these claims they are much less unified when it comes to expressing what can be done to rectify the situation. Some people maintain that police forces should be defunded with kinder and gentler professionals, better equipped to deescalate rather than escalate situations, taking over their duties. Others favor civil reviews which will make it harder for police to hide behind what is often termed a blue shield whereby police protect their fellow officers from public scrutiny.  


Chief Annette Mecklenberg who heads the Cleveland Heights, Ohio police department has some thoughts about these matters that are worth considering. Her city’s web site is



November 3, 2021 Show

Nera Birch

Because it comes in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes autism can be very difficult if not virtually impossible to diagnose. And determining how people who are autistic – or more accurately placed within the autistic spectrum - might be gently nudged towards more socially sanctioned behavior can become even more challenging. That is the case because in today’s millennial world an increasing large number of individuals who are living with autism are claiming that they do not have to be treated at all. These self-advocates proudly proclaim that they should simply be allowed to follow their own individual paths instead of being expected to comply with what others might term normal. Nera Birch, has long proclaimed these self-affirming thoughts. She serves as a self-advocate with the Ohio based Milestones, which provides support of individuals on the autism spectrum. This organization’s web site is



October 20, 2021 Show

Kathryn McCamant


Americans have traditionally favored single family houses in the suburbs complete with all the amenities that they could afford. But these days, at least in part because of the pandemic, they are considering other options, including cohousing which combines private homes with common facilities in the hopes of creating cohesiveness among residents.  However, long experience has taught Kathryn McCamant that establishing cohousing arrangements is fraught with challenges such as zoning laws that cannot easily be surmounted. And that is why she formed the California-based Cohousing-solutions to help people overcome these stumbling blocks. It provides consultations that focus on everything from site search and acquisition to Project and construction management. That organization has developed the 500 Communities program a training curriculum which equips participants to play a role in the creation of the next 500 cohousing communities. The group’s web site is

Dan Barker 

Many events have captured the public’s imagination during recent years. They include among other things, the insurrection that took place on January 6th, 2021 the worker shortage which is obliging companies to reconfigure themselves and America’s efforts to work its way through the pandemic. But will these events resonate through the decades. Forty or fifty years from now will students read about them in history books? Or, will they essentially be relegated to history’s dustpan as have many other occurrences that seemed consequential on many levels as they transpired?  It goes without saying that nobody can answer these questions with any degree of certainty. The future is not that easy to predict. However, Dan Barker has some intriguing responses to them. He is the president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes separation of church and state. The foundation’s web site is



October 13, 2021 Show

Michael Daniel

During the pandemic, months of the year, not to mention days of the week, have begun to elude us. Is it Monday or is it Tuesday? Are we entering fall or are we approaching spring?  It is sometimes hard to know these things for sure.  Most of us have learned to rely upon our computers or upon our phones to settle any confusion we are experiencing as regards times or dates. However, some folks are turning to more time worn methods of keeping in sync. They are relying upon clocks of the old-fashioned variety, ones that might sit on a shelf or grace a living room.  And showing a love for these treasured instruments horologists are working hard to keep them in good functioning order.  Michael Daniel owns Cleveland Clock Repair can tell us more about their efforts. His company’s web site is



October 6, 2021 Show

Lauri Scharf


At one point, when an older person’s memory or health began to falter long term care in a nursing facility was almost the only available option for that individual. But times have changed and these days many persons, even those who have been diagnosed with dementia, manage to remain in their own homes.  

However, that arrangement might be contingent upon their receiving the type of support that We Care…Because You Do can provide. A program of the Ohio-based Benjamin Rose Institute, it can help the elderly and their care givers deal with major challenges that that they are facing: planning for long-term care; addressing financial and legal concerns; exploring housing options; understanding respite possibilities; bringing families together around care giving duties. And its offerings can prove more essential than ever as the pandemic creates considerable uncertainty and safety precautions can make connecting with services more difficult.  

Lauri Scharf is a care consultant with We Care and also trains other care consultants. This program’s web site is 



September 15, 2021 Show

Anthony Nunez

RUDY, a jovial and obliging fellow, would like to introduce himself to you. However, if you are planning on engaging with him, you will have to keep in mind the fact that he does not speak in the language to which you have become accustomed. That is only to be expected because as the folks at Maryland-based INF Robotics explain it he is: “…an AI-enabled mobile solution that helps users remain physically healthy, mentally sharp, and socially connected.” In common parlance, he is a robot.

And as is the case with virtually all technology, he has the potential to be useful in a multitude of ways. As he handles some basic, skill he could help to deal with the worker shortages that are plaguing many nursing facilities; going a step further, he might be very helpful to people who want to age at home but need a little help.

Lara Proegler


Essential oils, the chemical components that give plants their characteristic odors, have long been utilized in the production of perfumes and flavors. Now, however, they are also being widely touted for their unique ability to help the body rebalance itself. 


Some oils, such as sage, geranium and thyme, help woman regulate their estrogen and progesterone levels. Other essential oils, meanwhile, have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that help to boost immune. And still others relieve upset stomachs, indigestion, diarrhea, stomach spasms.  

When she markets these oils (manufactured by deTerra), Lara Proegler goes beyond merely noting that they can be immensely healing, she also alerts people to cautions that they must take when purchasing this product. She, for example, tells them that they should look askance at displays where all essential oils are sold at the same price (per weight).


Her web site is 




September 1, 2021 Show

Brian Anderson

Many of Cleveland Height’s small business have managed to survive the health crisis. Why have stores and restaurants displayed that great resilience? Brian Anderson who serves as that city’s business development manager can provide us with some insight into these matters.  Cleveland Heights, an inner ring suburb, has an array of small businesses that are renowned for their uniqueness as well as for the great resilience they have shown during our ongoing health crisis. And the city has attempted to make certain that their hard efforts will prove successful by foregoing parking fees and distributing CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) funds to qualifying merchants.  But will everybody’s good intentions eventually translate into that city’s small businesses surviving the pandemic? That question does not elicit a simple yes or no response. Some are managing better than ever while, even ones that have been fixtures in the community for decades, have closed permanently. And then there is the fact that they will soon be facing competition from a major development slated to feature high end stores.

Bruce Silverglade

When people enter the boxing ring, they most typically pit their strength and agility against that of a human competitor. However, these days boxers have been dealing with a very different type of opponent – a virus that despite its potential to knock people out remains essentially unseen. It has either kept them out of the ring all together or greatly limited the time they can spend between the ropes. Refusing to be defeated by this crafty and vigilant opponent, the Brooklyn-based Gleason’s Gym is now completely open.

Over the years, Gleason’s has attracted a celebrity clientele that has included Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran and Hillary Swank - as she prepared to star in Million Dollar Baby. However, Gleason’s current owner, Bruce Silverglade, is committed to ensuring that the gym continues to serve people with a wide range of needs, not just bold face names.

Gleason’s web site is 




August 18, 2021 Show

Pat Swann

Young athletes stand vulnerable to abuse as they push to become competitive, and their instructors take advantage of their youthful enthusiasm. That harsh reality has been brought home lately; the media have reported numerous instances of instructors becoming abusive on both a physical and psychological level. And as is the case in more popularized sports – basketball, swimming, gymnastics - young equestrians have on occasion been subjected to mistreatment.  What can be done to prevent a child’s love for animals renowned for their grace and beauty from being perverted into something ugly? Pat Swann who owns the Ohio-based Trumpeter Stables and has long committed himself to training riders has some meaningful responses to these questions. Having been involved in the equestrian world since he was quite young, he can also discuss how the sport has changed hopefully for the better over the years.



August 4, 2021 Show

NDE Survivor Pegi Robinson

There is no general agreement as regards what near death experiences actually represent. Many people envision them as being something spiritual. After an injury or other trauma, somebody’s spirit – or whatever other word seems most appropriate – moves into another realm before it returns to their physical body. Others, however, claim that there is nothing otherworldly about nds; they represent neural activity that closely resembles what goes on during a phenomenon called sleep paralysis. Has anything happened during the pandemic that has helped us to gain some clarity about these matters? Did the countless number of people who passed through life threatening stages of COVID but survived experienced NDEs?  Pegi Robinson who heads the Mid Ohio Valley chapter of the International Association for Near Death Studies, which is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of NDEs should help us to gain some insights into these mysteries? The IANDS’ web site is 



July 21, 2021 Show

Dr. Julie Gatza

People tend to accept many discomforts as simply being an inevitable part of the aging process. And constipation, diarrhea or gas are high on that list. But Dr. Julie Gatza, co-founder of the Florida Wellness Institute, does not think that these annoyances, ones people are often reluctant to discuss, are inevitable. On the contrary, she maintains that lifestyle changes – eating plenty of fiber, drinking a lot of water, exercising regularly, reducing stress whenever possible- can help to lessen their severity. And she also claims that digestive enzyme supplements can help you enjoy greater comfort.  A chiropractor with more than 30 years of clinical practice, Dr. Julie, acknowledges that making that the lifestyle changes she considers essential will prove a challenge for virtually anybody. But she maintains that this challenge can become manageable if handled in small steps, one after the other. Her web site is



July 7, 2021 Show

Karen Hatfield

During more normal times, people are left to grieve in their own way. Their emotions lead them along their personal path to recovery. However, the pandemic has torn apart these established patterns. It has, among other things, stopped people from being able to hold memorial services that involve more than a very few select individuals or gain strength from people who come from distances to help them heal. Then, there is the fact that bereaved individuals might struggle with the fact they could not comfort their loved one as she approached her final days. So, what can be done to help people work their way through their grief under such trying circumstances. Karen Hatfield, who serves as the Team Leader, Counseling Services at the Ohio-based Hospice of the Western Reserve has some intriguing responses to these questions.

The web site for the hospice is  Information on its efforts to help people through their grieving process can be found at this link.

Dr. Michael Lewis

In some form or another, the pandemic definitely unsettled every single one of us. Among other things, it separated us from our normal routines and in some cases resulted in our feeling considerable stress as uncertainty surrounded us. Does that mean we can expect to suffer some degree of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as we might if we had experienced a concussion other traumatic injury?

Or will all those months of being isolated soon strike us as being nothing more than a bad dream, something that happened a while back and has no real impact upon our lives going forward? Dr. Michael Lewis, a former military physician, who is now associated with the Maryland-based Brain Care Center, has some intriguing responses to these questions. He employs Targeted Nutritional Therapy, Hormone Balancing, EEG Neurofeedback to treat brain trauma no matter what caused it.

His web site is



June 16, 2021 Show

Laci Cornelison

Throughout the years, long term care facilities have faced a real quandary. How do they respect residents’ privacy, allowing them to enjoy their individuality, while also making sure that they remain safe? And the pandemic has made this dilemma even more entangled as the need to protect residents grew overwhelming.  A resident, for example, might have become accustomed to socializing regularly, benefitting from these interactions. So, these questions loom: How do you isolate her from this contact in an effort to protect her without causing her more harm than good? Being isolated might have allowed her to survive the pandemic. But did it leave her permanently depleted and less resilient than had been her norm?  As a research assistant at the Center on Aging at Kansas State University, Laci Cornelison is involved in work with nursing homes aimed at working through these dilemmas and identifying best practices for nursing homes.

The center’s web site is


Sam Kukich

As Sam Kukich visited her mother-in-law over several years, she observed that the facilities where this elderly woman lived failed to provide the promised level of care and in many cases were negligent or even downright abusive. So, she established the Virginia-based Dignity for Aged, using the skills she had developed in civilian and military positions as she worked towards protecting vulnerable individuals.
This organization has spearheaded many efforts aimed at making life in nursing facilities more pleasant; for example, it arranges for volunteers to either visit residents who might not otherwise have visitors. However, it goes a step further by increasing awareness of the economics implicit in administering a nursing home. Its web site points out what might be viewed as being a harsh reality. By its accounting, understaffing allows these facilities to be run profitably even as they do not provide residents with an adequate (promised) level of service.

Dignity for Aged website is 



June 2, 2021 Show

Rebekah Ives

Some people are moving out of the pandemic and into their new normal with enhanced self-assurance, while others are finding that being kept away from others has resulted in their experiencing ongoing depression and anxiety. No matter what the specifics for each individual, however, in one way or another we have all been touched by the health emergency. It has left virtually nobody unscathed. But what about pets? As members of our household have they been impacted upon the pandemic? They cannot communicate their thoughts in precise sentences but do they realize that the lives around them have been upended? As an animal communicator, Rebekah Lee Ives might have some meaningful answers to these questions. She connects with animals through a wide variety of modalities: words, images, sensations in the body, sounds in the mind, emotions and sudden knowings. The web site for her Ohio-based practice is

Kathy Blackman

How have musicians survived during the pandemic and how are they managing to move into their new normal now that the health crisis might be receding from our lives. Kathy Blackman who owns the Ohio-based Grog Shop is here to answer some of these questions. Many musicians turned to the internet in an effort to share their music during the pandemic. Some even managed to employ technical wizardry so the music one person played could be blended with the music another person played in a different location. However, all too often, these efforts produced mix results and the pay was less than generous. So, they are now looking forward to the opportunities that the reopening of America will bring their way. It won’t happen immediately, but they remain confident that they will arrive at their new normal. And in keeping with that upbeat spirit, the Ohio-based Grog Shop has already opened its doors as it is returning to its accustomed schedule of shows 365 days a year. Kathy Blackman who owns that establishment is here to explain how it intends to safely carry out that agenda. The venues web site is 




May 19, 2021 Show

Ben Turshen

It is well established that meditation has a wide range of benefits. Among other things, it can reduce stress, lessening the symptoms of stress-triggered medical conditions. And it has also been credited with enhancing self-awareness, as it nudges practitioners towards making positive changes. All of which seems to indicate that it can prove particularly beneficial during the pandemic when many people are struggling with emotional health concerns and acclimating themselves to restriction. And it might, likewise, help folks who are who are trying to achieve their new normal as the pandemic ebbs for them.

Ben Turshen is anxious to spread this message. He came to meditation after he realized his usual methods of managing his emotional turmoil – exercise, therapy, and medication - were no longer keeping him centered as he worked at a high-pressure legal job. His web site is

Scott Z

There is a long list of reasons why Americans feel attached to their guns. Some folks consider them valuable because they take them hunting. Others view them in favorable terms because they feel challenged when they use them as they take target practice. And then, there are the millions of Americans who consider having a gun to be their birthright, not to mention their means of protecting themselves.

But other Americans view guns through a very different lens. They consider them to be dangerous. By their reckoning, there are too many guns in the wrong people’s hands. And they are particularly adamant about the fact that people should not be allowed to own what are essentially military armament.

What common ground can be found between people who express these two very different points of view? Scott Z who by the way is the engineer for his program is a gun enthusiast who thinks that a middle ground can be found by making people aware that if appropriate cautions are taken guns do not have to represent a danger.



May 5, 2021 Show

Angel Reyes

As the pandemic made people leery of taking public transportation or carpooling, bicycles became a popular item. In fact, N.P.D. Group, a market research firm, reported that during March, 2020 sales of commuter and fitness bikes in the same month increased 66 percent over the numbers for March,2019. The corresponding numbers for leisure bikes was 121 percent. Those same exponential gains are probably not being repeated this year. But bikes are backlogged to the point it might take months before you receive one that meets your specifications as interest in that mode of transportation remains high.  And in keeping with that fact, the Heights Bicycle Coalition is working to make biking safer and more pleasurable for residents of that city. It is, for example, working with the Cleveland Heights City Hall to improve the chances that stolen bicycles will be returned.  The coalition’s web site which has good information for bikers everywhere is Angel Reyes serves as its Communications Committee Co-Chair.

David Nassaney

During 1996, David Nassaney’s wife, Charlene, suffered a massive stroke that left her with severe speech and mobility impediments. In time, however, thanks to her strong faith and determination, she became able to resume many of the activities that had filled her life before she experienced this trauma. As she progressed, David also began challenging himself in somewhat unexpected ways. Anxious to support others who are also serving as caregivers, he hosts a podcast plus a weekly radio show called “Dave, the Caregiver’s Caregiver, Avoiding Burnout.” And he has also become a best-selling author, who marketed his fourth book It's Your Life Too!: Thrive and Stay Alive as a Caregiver by appearing on 35 morning talk shows. David has, likewise, formed a support group which members can join through his website  and grants them 24/7 online support, live weekly calls, and practical solutions to the challenges they are facing.



April 21, 2021 Show

Genevieve Gipson

Under the very best of circumstances nursing assistants in long-term living facilities have a difficult job - commitment that can prove both physically and emotionally exhausting - as they support vulnerable individuals. But the pandemic has, no doubt, made their work more challenging than might otherwise be the case; they have had to enforce precautions designed to keep residents safe. And then, there is the fact they often have to deal with understaffing, being obliged to care for more residents than might be advisable.  Is understaffing ongoing in these facilities because people are hardly anxious to apply for positions as nursing assistants? Or, is more involved. Are administers of nursing homes lax about hiring more nursing assistants because they want to boost their profits by bringing down expenses? Genevieve Gipson who heads Career Nursing Associates has some interesting responses to these questions.


Sharon Hatfield

Edith Maxwell was living a quiet life as a 21-year-old first year teacher in rural Virginia when a tragic incident landed her in the middle of a media feeding frenzy. She was accused of killing her father, Trigg Maxwell, after a fight they got into when she arrived home late turned fatal.  

Did Edith, terrified of his drunken behavior which she had long endured, kill her father in self-defense? Or did she resent his attempts to control her and deliberately strike him with a heavy object? There are no clear answers to those questions. In her book Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell, Sharon Hatfield leaves it to the reader to decide. Amid the legal twists and turns, Hatfield captures readers' attention as she relates the sensationalistic media coverage of the trials Edith had to endure until she finally earned her freedom. The book page is and Sharon’s bio page is Sharon’s Facebook page is


April 7, 2021 Show

Shalom Plotkin

Throughout its history, Right at Home has been committed to achieving one major goal: safeguard vulnerable individuals – those with special needs who chose to remain in their own home however they might define it. And in keeping with that fact it has helped, families devise care plans that matches each client’s individual needs and budget.

How did Right at Home manage to continue serving clients during the pandemic when so many safety precautions were in place? How will things change for the company now that many of its clients plus its workers are vaccinated? Shalom Plotkin who heads that company’s Cleveland franchises, one of 500 located across the country, acknowledges that it has often been quite a challenge. His franchise’s web site is 


David Lange

entitled his book “Virginity Lost in Vietnam.” And that title tells his story in more than one way, because he not only lost his virginity in a physical sense. He also lost it in a much broader sense as he came into contact with cultures that had previously been totally unfamiliar to him. That awakening led him to believe, among other things, that the privileged and the less resourced were living in two different worlds which rarely interacted with one another.

Lange also writes about the adventures he experienced after he came home from Vietnam. He hitchhiked across the country to visit and party with former shipmates. Liberal use of marijuana and alcohol lubricated those wanderings.

Before long, however, he settled into a career in journalism that lasted forty years and included the editing of a small local newspaper. His web site is





March 17, 2021 Show

Kathryn McCamant

Cohousing communities offer residents the best of both worlds; they live in their own private housing while still socializing extensively in common facilities. Most of these communities are organized as townhouse or condominium developments with a homeowners association; a few are organized as cooperatives. No matter what the specifics they have managed to function in as accustomed a manner as possible during the pandemic.

The modern theory of cohousing originated in Denmark in the 1960s after Bodil Graae wrote a newspaper article, entitled "Children Should Have One Hundred Parents, “ which spurred a group of 50 families to organize to organize themselves into a

The California-based Cohousing-Solutions has helped people across the country to establish cohousing developments. Katie McCamant, who has worked as a developer, architect, and now development consultant is, leads this organization. In 1988, she coauthored Cohousing: A Contemporary approach to Housing Ourselves, the book that introduced this housing model to the English speaking world. The updated version is Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities.



March 3, 2021 Show

Jonathan Clues  

Founded during1989, Teen Ink was dedicated to publishing work by teens for teens. Its editors selected submissions that were published in its web site and then picked the most appropriate of these for its print edition that reached hundreds of thousands of students across the country, This Georgia-based publication enjoyed support from a wide range of sources: advertising revenue, donations, payments from subscribers, royalties from the sale of the Teen Ink books and products.  Unfortunately, Teen Ink became an economic victim of COVID; the previous ownership team dissolved in 2020. But it is nothing if not resilient and, under new leadership, it will be re-launched as an online vehicle next month. Jonathan Clues is the owner of this publication. Its web site is 



February 17, 2021 Show

Cory Chalmers

When Cory Chalmers started Steri-Clean, he wanted his firm to do more than simply clean the debris from hoarders’ homes. He hoped that its employees would guide clients towards feeling feel celebratory about freeing themselves from the clutter that was engulfing them.  Cory Chalmers formed Steri-Clean after his 14 years as a paramedic made him acutely aware of one thing. A company which could handle challenging clean up jobs – crime scene sanitization, biohazard removal, hoarder disposal - was desperately needed. And that is why he started the Colorado-based Steri-Clean. But he wanted his firm to go behind simply cleansing environments that desperately needed that attention. He wanted it to exhibit humanity; its employees are, for example, trained to help hoarders feel celebratory about freeing themselves from the clutter that was disrupting their stability. They are being given what might be termed a second chance.  Cory, who also serves as host of “Hoarders” is CEO of Steri-Clean which has franchises in 40 different locations. He has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences and seminars held throughout the United States and Canada. His company’s web site is

Beth Betcher

CaringBridge provides a service that can prove essential to people during very stressful times. Through its auspices, they can create a web site that disseminates information about a loved one’s medical condition. When JoAnn Hardegger and Darrin Swanson, had a premature baby named Brighid during 1997, their friend, Sonia Mahring, created a website through which they could pass along essential information about that baby’s progress. And her efforts proved to be the impetus for CaringBridge.  Through this organization’s auspices more than half a million websites like the one Sonia originally created for her friends have been generated, allowing people to stay in contact with friends and family at a stressful point in their life. Each of these web sites is programmed to ensure the privacy or all involved and, when appropriate, to incorporate calls for help.   CaringBridge is currently working to handle the challenges – the isolation of hospitalized individuals, the unpredictability of the virus’ progression – that the pandemic has brought its way. Beth Betcher is the Engagement Marketing Manager for that organization. Its web site is .





February 3, 2021 Show

Bettina Dickson Rusher


Vulnerable individuals, such as nursing home residents, often must be isolated to protect them from the virus. And these precautions will continue even after they have been vaccinated. But these precautions can lead to their experiencing loneliness and depression as they cannot enjoy their accustomed human contact. So, keeping distancing these individuals might be an instance where the cure is worse than the disease.  Can robo-pets, mechanical instruments that are programmed to bark and do many other things on demand, provide a means by which individuals can have some interaction/ contact even if they are isolated? Or, do they simply represent a toy better left to children than to adults?  There are no easy answers to that question. But Bettina Dickson Rusher has some valuable insights. She and her sister, Frances, started Memorable Pets after they had been challenged by their care giving journey with their mother.  

The web site for the Georgia-based Memorable Pets is  

Shannon Leavitt

There are good reasons why yoga has earned a wide following during recent years; it not only helps those who follow its many paths to gain body acceptance it also enhances their strength, flexibility, and balance. And designed for those who want to both lift weights and do yoga in one sitting, yogalift adds another dynamic to yoga as it has been traditionally practiced. A certified health coach, personal trainer, and also authored Learn to Be Lean. Intended as a workbook, this text offers an alternative to crash course diet plans, guiding readers to take charge of their health in a way that will prove sustainable. It seeks to realign lives, not just move the numbers on a scale downward. Her web site is



January 20, 2021 Show

Anthony Hitch 

A quick glance might leave you with the impression some people are gliding through the pandemic essentially untouched. They are working from home so they are safe, and they appear to be encountering little financial stress. But despite the fact they are privileged in some regards, they still might be feeling disconnected as they miss the gentle hugs or friendly handshakes that were once part of their normal routines. And aware of that fact, Anthony Hitch hopes to help them overcome these negative sentiments by incorporating a carefully blended mix of modalities into the sessions he shares with clients.

As he explains it: these meetings offer “massage and energy work fused seamlessly into a powerful, sensual, hypnotic flow with an emphasis on Myofascial Release, Craniosacral techniques, and Yoga positions/ breathing techniques.” An active Usui/Tibeten Reiki practitioner since 2013, he remains impressed by its potential to guide people towards more peaceful states. The website for Anthony’s Ohio-based practice is 


Megan Hustings

You might imagine that people who are homeless during the pandemic are at high risk of getting the virus because they lack the facilities to practice good hygiene and enjoy little personal space. But the facts do not necessarily support that assumption. Infection rates among that population are lower than anybody might suspect. For example, across the bay from San Francisco, the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, across the Bay from San Francisco. Of the 3,200 coronavirus tests that the organization has conducted in Oakland, only 2.9 percent were positive. Yet, their lack of shelter and lack of proper medical care places the homeless at increased risk of other diseases. And their numbers are growing.

Megan Hustings serves as the Interim Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, and she is working to keep this group as safe as its difficult circumstances will allow. The organization’s web site is 



January 6, 2021 Show

Michael Unger

Although you might generally be quite active, the pandemic might have turned you into more of a couch potato than you ever imagined anything could. That lack of movement could have resulted in climbing steps or maneuvering through uneven pavements becoming a challenge for you.  

So, you know that you must do something to get yourself back into shape. But several roadblocks are standing in your way of achieving that objective. Due to ongoing pandemic restrictions the gyms are closed. And exercising has never been easy for you; it might even bring back hurtful memories of your being chosen last for sports teams.    

That is where Michael Ungar might prove helpful. Working with clients in their homes or virtually, he helps them prevent falls by improving their balance and strengthening their muscles. He is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) -certified Personal Trainer. His web site is 




December 16, 2020 Show

Dr. Cass Ingram

The pandemic transformed our lives at breakneck speed. We were going about our business as normal. And then what seemed to be only minutes later we were tossed into a world that bore an eerie resemblance to “The Twilight Zone.”

Hemp oil or CBD also entered our world at an amazingly swift pace. Just a few short years ago people were struggling to pronounce its scientific name “canabiodol,” and now they are maintaining that it can help ease us through our ongoing medical crisis by keeping us calm. Are the claims that some people are making for this substance valid or they more of a hype than anything else? That question cannot presently be answered with any degree of certainty. But Cass Ingram should be able to clear up some of this confusion.

He has since written over 20 books on natural healing, including his latest, The Canabis Cure.” A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. His web site is 


Marcia Flesner

Statistics published earlier this year concluded that nursing home residents accounted for almost half of all pandemic deaths in the United States. Those findings are hardly surprising considering as these individuals are fragile medically and tend to enjoy limited personal space. But can anything be done at this point that would ensure their well-being on a medical level without harming them on a psychological level as might isolating them?  

There are no easy answers to these questions. But relying upon data collected over 40 years, researchers at the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing, have determined that keeping and retaining staff members who work long term in homes can make them more equipped to benefit residents even during crises. 

Marcia Flesner has since retired but she worked as the project coordinator for this ongoing research. 



December 2, 2020 Show

Elena LaVictoire

These days people are asking hard questions when it comes to the public schools: Can students safely attend traditional class sessions during the pandemic? If the schools are opened and are then forced to close shortly thereafter could the ensuing confusion harm children? If they learn on line are students really gaining as much as might be desired from their lessons? Are the schools so preoccupied with protecting students and staff members from the virus that educating students is not receiving the attention it merits?

Possibly, your answer to one or all of those questions is a resounding “yes.” But that does not necessarily mean that home schooling is an acceptable alternative to the public educational system? Although there are no easy answers to that question, Elena LaVictoire who has home schooled her children and grandchildren for years does have some intriguing responses.


Vanessa Tennyson

The founder & CEO of Capitalize Your Humanity, Vanessa Tennyson does not assume a one size fits all approach when she provides her clients with Leadership Coaching. Rather, building upon her decades of experience in the business world, she encourages her clients to evolve their own unique managerial style.

This growth process often involves their taking psychological inventories, such as the the Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI). This tool helps clients determine if they are a realist/analyst, strategist/ imaginer, preserver/ organizer, socializer/ empathizer or a unique combination of all these mind sets, knowledge that can prove essential as they develop effective management styles.

Vanessa maintains that: “A professional coach is skilled in the art of asking insightful and explorative questions to flush out the understanding within, so the coach can help to move you from where you are to where you want to be.”

Her organization’s web site is 



November 18, 2020 Show

Kenn Israel

Your doctor has prescribed medication to bring down your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol or help you regulate your weight. And you understand the importance of keeping these numbers under control. But you went online and encountered a long list of side effects you might experience if you took this medication as prescribed. They sound gruesome at any point in time but they are particularly scary while the pandemic is racing through our country. Could they compromise your immune system and make you vulnerable to serious pandemic complications? 

So, you look to wellness products as an alternative, and you are intrigued by the fact they have no listed side effects. You cannot help wondering, however, if the promises they make are too good to be true. There are no easy answers to that question. But Kenn Israel who has been decades of experience with  these supplements should supply some helpful responses. His web site is 

Brian Anderson


Heights’ shopping strips are not only appealing in their uniqueness. They are also showing great resilience as they work to survive hard times in the form of a pandemic. Restaurants in that inner ring suburb, which has a population of 46,000, have served meals on socially distanced patios or offered take outs. Some entrepreneurs have established pop ups in anticipation of a busy holiday season. While others have increased their footprint on Social Media or worked to make customers feel safe by following strict COVID regulations. 

And the city has worked to make certain that their hard efforts will meet with success. Among other things, it has foregone parking fees and distributed CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) funds to qualifying merchants.  


Brian Anderson serves as that city’s business development manager. The city’s web site is 



November 4, 2020 Show

Ben Turshen

Ben Turshen’s work as a corporate lawyer in New York City challenged him on many levels. But a few years back he began realizing that he had to make some lifestyle changes as his usual methods of managing his emotional turmoil – exercise, therapy, and medication - were no longer keeping him centered.

So, at his therapist suggestion, he tried meditation. And It had such an immediate positive effect on him that he left his high-pressure job behind and opened a New York studio that eventually began attracting Olympic athletes and Fortune 500 executives.

This brief account of Ben ‘s adventures recall some intriguing questions. Can meditation be even more beneficial to everybody these days than was ever previously the case? Can it bring people the calm and serenity that the pandemic has made outdated for most people?

Ben ‘s web site is

Dan Barker (left)

Dan Barker once served as an evangelical minister with a bent towards the musical and dramatic. However, during 1984, his life changed, He broke with precedent as he announced that he had become an atheist. And he revealed his break with the past in an extremely public way – on AM Chicago which was then hosted by Oprah Winfrey. He subsequently went on to work as the co-president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes the separation of church and state. And he also co-hosts Freethought Radio, which is broadcasted nationally over several different stations and has welcomed luminaries, such as Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins, as guests.

His strong efforts, however, bring an essential question into play. Has the pandemic and the Presidential campaigns pushed the issues that this foundation so far into the background that his group’s effort to publicize them serves little purpose?

The foundation’s web site is .




October 21, 2020 Show

Paul Malley

Aging with Dignity has remained committed to the same motto since it was first formed during 1996: affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and promote better end of life care. And as it has worked to carry out its mission, this Florida-based organization has created and distributed an estimated 20 million copies of Five Wishes. Valid in most states, this document includes all the instructions and information that you might need to create a legally enforceable advance directive. As part of its advocacy efforts, Aging With Dignity has also established a hot line (1-888-594-7437) that provides callers with guidance as regards their advance care planning

Stories about its efforts have been broadcasted over ABC, CBS and NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and published in USA Today. This organization’s web site is . Paul Malley serves as its president.  



October 7, 2020 Show

Eric Anderson

Some students bike to their classes at the Sherbrooke Community Center, while others are car pooled or driven there by their parents. No matter what their specific mode of transportation, however, they attend school in an unusual setting for elementary-aged youngsters – a care home for the elderly and those who have special needs. And this arrangement- the iGen program - allows them to participate in some unique educational opportunities as they interact regularly with people from other generations and backgrounds.  

The Saskatchewan-based Sherbrooke prides itself upon the fact that residents are housed in structures designed to be more residential than institutional, making it possible for them to live as normal a life as possible. In addition to the almost 300 people who make Sherbrooke their homes hundreds of others take part in its Community Day Programs. The web site for the center is   . Eric Anderson serves as its Communications Leader. 

Ed Guion

Decades ago, it was the norm for elders to live in a cottage next to their family’s main house as they aged. This arrangement had some decided advantages: it allowed seniors to retain their privacy while also having ready access to the support of family members. And because he admired the way it made it possible for loved ones to care for one another, Ed Guion wanted to bring this arrangement up to date and market it.

At between $44,960 and $60,440.00, the model he evolved is quite affordable, particularly when compared to the expense of retirement communities. And it has garnered considerable attention, being featured on the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show plus the AARP’s Modern Maturity Magazine. However, zoning regulations and other factors prevent it from becoming a viable option for every family and the pandemic might complicate its use.

The web site for Elder Cottages is




September 16, 2020 Show

Anthony Nunez

When we are tired after a long day at work or just feeling a little lazy, we might wish that we had a genii-like creature that would perform unappealing tasks for us. It might, for example, wash the dishes or bring our medicine to the table. Well, now there is a machine – a robot in common parlance – who could pamper us on demand in much the same way our imaginary genii might. His name is RUDY and he is the brainchild of the Virginia-based INF Robotics.

Adaptable, RUDY can protect seniors who are aging at home or in care facilities, as it transmits information that can prevent/ detect falls plus also offers touch-free emergency response. And no matter where it might be performing its good deeds, it can facilitate telemedicine and always flashes a broad smile.

Anthony Nunez is the founder of INF Robotics; its web site is  .

Susan Kurowski

Research shows that loneliness - not cancer or heart disease – is the most serious threat the elderly face. But that does not mean seniors have to fall prey to this malady; there is a simple cure for it that does not even involve medical intervention: pets. And keeping this fact in mind, the Pets for the Elderly Foundation helps pay the fees to participating animal shelters throughout the United States for senior citizens (age 60 and over) who adopt a companion dog or cat.

The program which began during 1992 with the participation of two Ohio-based shelters began branching out nationally during 2002. Over the years this foundation has successfully placed more than 100,000 animals with adopter seniors and it hopes to eventually involve several shelters in each of the 50 states.

Susan Kurowski has been Executive Director of the Pets for the Elderly Foundation since January of 2009.The foundation’s web site is



September 2, 2020 Show

Pegi Robinson

People usually envision near death experiences as being events during which somebody is catapulted down a long tube into another realm and is returned to the earthly realm soon thereafter. By most accountings, a heart attack, stroke, or any other trauma might lead to somebody having a NDE. However, the pandemic might have changed that dynamic as it has changed so much else in our lives. Might a NDE be triggered by a bout with COVID-19 that ends somebody up in intensive care fighting for their next breath?  

There no easy answers to that question and there probably never will be. However, Pegi Robinson should have some responses worth considering. She heads up the Mid Ohio Valley chapter of the International Association for Near Death Studies. This North Carolina-based organization is working to increase awareness of NDE and the impact they can have on people. Its web site is

Mary Verdi Fletcher

Dancing Wheels presents a strong message: performers in wheelchairs – seated dancers- can navigate around the stage with as much panache and dexterity as do dancers who move in more traditional ways.  In fact, their presence can make a performance even more captivating than would otherwise be the case. And it has been pushing that strong point since it was first conceived by Mary Verdi Fletcher during 1980. The company has grown over the years until it currently serves as a training site for students from around the globe.

Born with spina bifida, a condition whereby the spine does not properly fuse, she always wanted to be a dancer. Being involved with Dancing Wheels grants her an opportunity to live out her dream while also helping others to evolve their creativity. During 2014, Mary was awarded the Governor’s Award for Arts Education in Ohio. The group’s web site is  



August 19, 2020 Show

Dr. Michael Lewis

Experiencing trouble falling and staying asleep has become a fact of life for virtually everybody during the pandemic. And there are many reasons why people are encountering this frustration. Although we are generally quite active, we are more sedentary now that the economy remains at least partially closed. So, when we slip into bed we are not as exhausted and ready to fall asleep as is usually the case.

The pandemic has removed us from our normal routines – interacting with colleagues, commuting to and from work, going out for the evening. And because our brains are receiving less stimulation, they are keeping us awake at night as they seek input.

Dr. Michael Lewis, a former military physician, acknowledges that all of these factors might make getting a good night’s sleep during the pandemic challenging. But he also maintains that some simple tricks can work to ensure that you get the rest you need. His web site is

Kristi Horner

During their better moments people who are living with mental illness might appear to be balancing beautifully as they interact with the world around them. Then, just shortly thereafter, they might cause alarm as they start acting erratically for no apparent reason. And that volatility can make nurturing them challenging, particularly during the pandemic when turbulence has become the new norm.

That is why Kristi Horner who formed the Ohio-based Courage to Caregivers is so anxious to reach out to care givers and provide them with valuable support. Currently, this organization is sponsoring virtual support groups, virtual meditation sessions and other offerings designed to help them understand them must look after their own well being. Its motto, - “Put on your own oxygen mask, before helping those around you” - delivers that message in a succinct but forceful manner.

The group’s web site is



August 5, 2020 Show

Dr. Steve Webb

As we have been sheltering in our homes, the internet has made us less isolated than would otherwise be the case; it has allowed us to remain in constant contact with family and friends. But while it might be serving a very real purpose as it eases us through hard times, this technology can also leave us vulnerable to abuses, everything from hacking and identity theft to cyberbullying. 

The latter often involves teens or even younger children. And although it generally begins with in ways that seem harmless enough - unpleasant images – it can quickly escalate into threats or, in extreme cases, into physical violence. How can you, as a parent, make sure your child does not fall victim to cyberbullying? Or, for that matter how can you make certain your child does not instigate this harassment? 

Dr. Steven Webb, author of the Amazon best-selling book Education in a Violent World can provide some helpful responses to these questions. His web site is 

Kyle Woody

Being a caregiver for somebody with cancer can prove stressful under even the very best of circumstances. However, it is likely to become downright grueling during the pandemic as you are expected to constantly answer questions that forward no easy responses: Is it safe for somebody to venture out the house when treatments they are receiving have left them immunosuppressed, vulnerable to COV-19? Can surgery be safely delayed as the virus forces us to follow its time table not medical advice? If you need a short reprieve from your care giving responsibilities is it safe to have somebody come into your homes and spell you?

There are no easy answers to these questions. But Kyle Woody, which supports caregivers can provide us with some meaningful insights. He is the founder of Jack’s Caregiver Coalition which supports men who are nurturing a loved one. This organization’s web site is

Jack's Caregiver Coalition - Home  Our guy only program events are on a mission to make you wiser, more intriguing, and maybe even harder to kill. 



July 15, 2020 Show

Topher Wurts

As the word “spectrum” implies, individuals who have been diagnosed as belonging to the autism spectrum come in a wide range of different shapes, sizes and personality types. However, many of them do share one thing in common. They can easily be over stimulated by sights or sounds that might not necessarily disturb most other people. And that is why an app – Autism Village - that guides them to places where they will feel comfortable is so essential to them. But is this app serving any real purpose when many of the establishments it lists are closed or only open on a partial basis? And how are folks who are on the spectrum dealing with the uncertainty that the virus has brought our way?
Topher Wurts who conceived the concept that became Autism Village can help to answer some of these questions.

The web site for Autism Village is  .

Argerie Vasilakes

The Listening Circle,

The pandemic has, in many ways, separated us from the interpersonal communications that enrich our lives. So, we are searching for means by which we can keep ourselves connected with others. And deep listening is presenting itself as a way to accomplish this objective. It involves giving full attention to what is being said without trying to control or judge it; we practice putting our assumptions to the side to make room for curiosity and care for what really matters to other people. In a time of political unrest and uncertainty in our work and family lives, we will certainly encounter people with experiences and needs that are different from ours. By making ourselves vulnerable, we open ourselves up to a shared vitality which much of our modern world has trivialized.

Argerie Vasilakes, who has long worked as an organization development consultant, has spearheaded a Zoom series – The Listening Circle – that re-acquaints people with deep listening. Each 90-minute Listening Circle is limited to 12 people, but anybody can register at this link --  Learn more about deep listening and other ways of authentic connecting with colleagues, family and strangers at  and on Facebook @SpaceBetweenTeam.




July 1, 2020 Show

Bryan Lanham

The McDowell Wellness Center offers everything you might expect a wellness center to offer – group exercise classes, weight lifting equipment, cardio machines and a six lane indoor pool. However, it provides much more than these basics. The minute they join, they automatically become eligible for an individual health assessment, free sessions with a personal trainer plus counseling from a nutritionist.

These days, however, as is the case with similar facilities located throughout the country – throughout the world actually – it has reopened with strict safety precautions being mandated. How are members reacting to these regulations being put into place? Has Danville, Kentucky, where the center is located, been impacted by the virus in ways that will leave their mark long after the pandemic is no longer raging?

Bryan Lanham who has worked as a personal trainer at the center and has also led a class called People with Arthritis can Exercise can answer some of these questions.
The center’s web site is


June 17, 2020 Show

Dr. Cass Ingram

The pandemic transformed our lives at breakneck speed. We were going about our business as normal. And then what seemed to be only minutes later we were tossed into a world that bore an eerie resemblance to “The Twilight Zone.”

Hemp oil or CBD also entered our world at an amazingly swift pace. Just a few short years ago people were struggling to pronounce its scientific name “canabiodol,” and now they are maintaining that it can help ease us through our ongoing medical crisis by keeping us calm. Are the claims that some people are making for this substance valid or they more of a hype than anything else? That question cannot presently be answered with any degree of certainty. But Cass Ingram should be able to clear up some of this confusion.

He has since written over 20 books on natural healing, including his latest, The Canabis Cure.” A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. His web site is 

Dr. Thelma Reese

When future generations talk about our ongoing health emergency, they will no doubt mention the bravery of first responders, medical personnel and others who saved lives. However, some astute individuals might ask hard question that go beyond these facile impressions.

Throughout the pandemic we have all been warned that anybody over 60 could more easily fall victim to the virus’ ravages than could younger individuals. Were these warnings based upon solid medical data or were they an indication that ageism – the negative stereotyping of the elderly – was coming into play? Did they fail to take into account the resilience many senior’s display?

They do not claim to know the answer to that riddle. But as they wrote “How Seniors are Saving the World: Retirement Activists to the Rescue” BJ Kittredge, a health editor and Dr. Thelma Reese, who blogs at, were determined to present their generation in a more positive light than is often the case.



June 3, 2020 Show

Jordan Levine

The pandemic has brought stress into all of our lives as it creates vast amounts of uncertainty. And restaurant owners and employees are no exception to that general rule; they grapple with some hard questions. Will health precautions that limit the number of people who can eat in an establishment totally decimate its revenue beyond repair? How will patrons respond to having their temperature taken before they even enter a restaurant? How can workers be kept safe as they prepare meals in kitchens that by anybody’s estimate are less than spacious?

Jordan Levine, general manager for the Ohio-based Edwins Restaurant and Leadership Institute, which currently runs a bakery, restaurant and a butcher shop, does not have answers to these questions. Nobody does at this point. But he does have responses worth considering. Edwins hires and subsequently trains ex-convicts, preparing them for careers in the hospitality industry. The institute’s web site is

Christopher Cook

Since the pandemic has closed schools, many students have been facing considerable stress as they are separated from a support system that has long buttressed them. And one particular group of students might be feeling these pressures even more acutely than are others. They are participants in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District’s Alternative to Expulsion Program.

These young people exhibited behavior that would have resulted in their being expelled if this second chance effort that guides towards eventually graduating with their class had not been established. Can the personal contact between students and teachers that has proved so essential to these students’ success remain ongoing when they are not meeting face to face? Can students succeed even though the pandemic might be working a real financial hardship on their families? Christopher Cook who heads this program can provide us with some responses to these quandaries.



May 20, 2020 Show

Dr. Connie Siskowski

Being a family caregiver is almost by definition stressful as it involves nurturing vulnerable individuals on a daily basis. However, that role becomes particularly challenging when it is being handled by a teen who is also facing the normal coming of age pressures. And these days the ongoing health crisis is making matters all the more difficult for these individuals as it separates them from their schools and other support systems.

That is where the Florida-based American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is stepping in to help them cope with their difficult circumstances. This organization takes pride, among other things, in the fact that 90% of the young people it mentors end up graduating from high school. And it has been in the forefront of using tele-health to continue individual counseling and introduce new strategies for managing stress.

Dr. Connie Siskowski is the founder and president of this Florida-based association. Its web site is  

Johanna Jameson

The Illinois-based Memory Farm serves as a place where the participants, many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s, can gain self confidence plus a sense of purpose by staying physically, cognitively and socially active. And it carefully tailors activities so that they provide participants with the best possible benefits, something the fact it has both indoor and outdoor facilities makes it uniquely qualified to do. However, that is only one part of what is designed to accomplish. It is also committed to supporting the individuals who are care partners for the participants. Among other things it provides them with activity such as yoga, animal therapy and gardening.

Johanna Jameson was instrumental in forming the Memory Farm and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She holds a BA in Marketing from Columbia College and an MA in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The farm’s web site is 



May 6, 202 Show

Stuart Tomc

Virtually all experts maintain that social distancing remains the most effective tool that our country has in its arsenal to fight the virus. Mental health experts warn, however, that strictly limiting human contact can have a strongly negative impact upon virtually anybody. And these challenges are exacerbated by the pressures that we are all facing as the medical crisis places uncertainties into our lives. Nobody knows for a fact when it will end and what form the new normal we will meet will when happens might assume.

However, according to Stuart Tomc, a national spokesperson for the California-based CV Sciences, makers of PlusCBD Oil there are commonsensical methods that can help us better manage our anxieties. And eating a health-giving diet is high on that list. Stuart suggests among other things complex carbs, such as brown rice, and omega-3 rich foods plus beef.

CV Sciences web site is

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Jill Cohen

Greif has generally interpreted as being a very personal emotion that somebody feels after a loved one has passed. These days, however, it has taken on a much less personal but no less strongly felt meaning. We are all feeling a sense of grief as we realize that our world is being transformed by the virus and do not know what form it will assume when the pandemic eases. And the fact that many of us are spending our days at home – possibly without that much outside contact – is providing these negative feelings with ample opportunity to flourish.

And that is why the support that Jill Cohen, a New York City-based grief counselor can prove extremely valuable as our country works its way through this crisis. For well over a decade, she has helped both children and adults who are grieving to understand that they are not alone and support is available.

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April 15, 2020 Show

Genevieve Gipson

It might be hard to conceptualize working with the orderly or infirm as being dangerous in any way.  But injuries are all too common as nursing assistants lift fragile patients out of bed or help them to walk. And any dangers they might face on a daily bases are exacerbated by the pandemic. Understaffing which is an ongoing problem in long term care facilities has become more acute. Then there is the fact they have to live with the constant fear that they could contract the virus. And that is why The Ohio-based National Network of Career Nursing Assistants considers its efforts to be so vital during this crisis. It advocates for and offers training to training to professionals who provide direct care in hospitals, private homes and other venues to be so vital during this crisis. Genevieve Gipson helped found this organization.

The group’s web site is

Alex Montaldo

Research is now ongoing in the hopes of evolving medication or other treatments that will alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). But stoPD (support and training to overcome Parkinson’s Disease) is not waiting for these efforts to produce discernible results. Rather, it is offering participants an array of efforts designed to make their lives more manageable on an immediate basis.  Among other things it spearheads a non-impact boxing program that is run out of the Brooklyn-based Gleason’s Gym disease. This effort guides participants through sixty-minute workouts that incorporate stretching, heavy bag work, cardiovascular conditioning, weight training, and balance work. These workouts can benefit fighters in a myriad of ways. It can create new neural pathways in their brains, improve their posture and balance as well as their overall mobility plus elevate their cardiovascular fitness.

stoPD was founded in 2014 by Dr. Roberta Marongiu and Alex Montaldo.  

The group’s web site is



April 1, 2020 Show

Dr. Steven Webb

Virtually everybody expresses great concern about the school violence that has sent shock waves through our country. But all that concern has not readily translated into responses that might bring an end to these tragedies. And that is why the recommendations that Dr. Webb, author of the Amazon best-seller, Education in a Violent World: A Practical Guide to Keeping our Kids Safe, has made about these matters merit strong consideration.

He maintains that only by addressing the underlying the student mental health issues that precipitate it can we prevent school violence from becoming even more widespread. And that is why he advocates for the adoption of a PARA Mindset (Preparedness, Awareness, Responsiveness, Advocacy) in schools. Among other things, this strategy involves remaining aware that some students harbor suicidal thoughts and providing them with support these individuals with essential support could prevent them from acting out their pain in tragic ways.

His web site is 

Charlie Mosbrook


When he was a younger man, Charlie Mosbrook sang original folk songs to passersby on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern United States. He now plays to much larger venues as was the case when he performed at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. But the fact his audience has increased exponentially has not changed one major aspect of his performances. He always works to build a strong connection with his audience as he spread his message of social justice.

A spinal cord injury that he suffered during 2010 might have limited his mobility to a considerable extent, but it did not damper his spirit. In fact, if anything it made Charlie more determined than ever to share his talent as he travels across the country. And the ongoing pandemic has also called upon him to demonstrate his inner strength.

Charlie’s website is



March 18, 2020 Show

Steve Gelerman

In marketing banana milk, Steve Gelerman does not simply mention the usual suspects: its taste, its nutrition value, its affordability. Rather, he goes a step further and notes that it is more protective of the environment than are other alternatives. As he makes this claim, he refers to research which concluded that producing dairy milk requires unacceptably high amounts of land for grazing and growing feed. And he maintains that almond milk takes 130 pints of water to produce a single glass of this product. So, satisfying the ongoing demands for it is placing unsustainable pressures on beekeepers.

A veteran of the natural foods industry for more than 20 years, Steve Gelerman (AKA Mr. Banana) is the CEO of Banana Wave, which produces the first non-dairy milk made from whole bananas. And he is also the founder of Ian's Natural Foods, makers of a wide variety of allergy-friendly meal solutions for kids.

Dr. Cass Ingram

Medicinal plant expert Dr. Cass Ingram, warns that bacteria can essentially change their genetic material until they become resistant to virtually all antibiotics. And she further cautions that even if only a small number of bacteria undergo these transformations, they represent a serious danger; as they multiply until they become the new normal.   

But he does not consider these warning to be a cause for panic. Rather, he believes that the danger drug resistant bacteria represent can be greatly reduced if the use of prescription anti-biotics is curtailed. And she strongly recommends replacing these pharmaceuticals with time-tested all-natural antibiotics - oregano oil, wild raw honey, garlic onions, Turmeric/Curcumin - that have the power to inactivate most pathogens.

Dr. Ingram has since written over 20 books on natural healing, including his latest, The Infection Connection A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. His web site is



March 4, 2020 Show

Kristi Horner

Virtually everybody would agree that living with mental illness can prove extremely challenging for a myriad of reasons. If nothing else, you might feel a considerable degree of isolation as your condition brings in its wake a strong stigma. But as its name implies, Courage to Caregivers wants to make people aware that the folks who care for these resilient individuals might also be facing some serious struggles. And that is why it constantly stresses that care givers must make caring for themselves their major priority.

Kristi Horner, Founder and Executive Director of the Ohio-based Courage to Caregivers, learned that lesson the hard way as she nurtured her younger brother for four years. And she ultimately had to deal with his tragic death. She hopes that by providing them with information her organization will bolster others as they travel through their care giving journey. This group’s web site is

Bryan Lanham

When somebody first walks into the Kentucky-based McDowell Wellness Center they might conclude that it is simply another facility where people grimace as they check their weight, exercise when they get the energy and socialize. And it is easy to see how they might draw that conclusion, as it offers all the usual suspects - group fitness classes, weight lifting equipment, cardio machines and a six-lane indoor pool.

However, the fact that the center offers members benefits they would not enjoy elsewhere becomes obvious the minute they join. They immediately become eligible for an individual assessment, free sessions with a personal trainer plus counseling from a nutritionist.. They can participate in additional training sessions or nutrition counseling for a fee.

In addition to working as a personal trainer at the center, Bryan Lanham leads a class called People with Arthritis Can Exercise.

The center’s web site is


February 19, 2020 Show

Dr. Michael Lewis

Dubbed the miracle molecule, cannabidiol (CBD) is currently generating positive feedback from some users as well as some healthcare practitioners. These enthusiasts give it high marks not only for easing pain but also for calming anxiety and banishing sleeplessness. However, their claims that it represents nothing less than a miracle molecule have not necessarily convinced the public of its safety much less its legality.

And the questions just keep coming: How do you know the correct dosage of CBD to take? Can you overdose on CBD, risking your health if not your life? Have any carefully structured clinic trials proved its worth? Could it prove dangerous if mixed with other medication?

Dr. Michael Lewis heads the Maryland-based Brain Health Education and Research Institute which he founded in 2011 upon retiring as a Colonel after a distinguished 31-year career in the US Army. And he has the expertise to help answer some of these essential questions about CBD. His web site is

Dr. Julie Gatza

Health educator Dr. Julie Gatza acknowledges that cutting back on sweets represents a major challenge, one that many people chose not to even attempt. But she maintains that it can become manageable if you follow these tips.

Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself by cutting back your sugar consumption cold turkey. Begin your journey by cutting in half the amount of sugar that you eat and gradually further reducing your consumption of sweets. If you follow this time table, you should find that you have almost eliminated sugar from your diet within 2 – 3 weeks..

Instead of consuming your accustomed three meals a day, eat several smaller meals. Doing that, will help you curtail the sugar cravings that can occur after you indulge in a large meal.

Having an emergency snack bag of appetizing but low-sugar snacks will help you to fight sugar cravings.

Dr. Gaza is the Chiropractic Director and Clinic Director for the Florida Wellness Institute whose web site is 


February 6, 2020 Show

Christopher Cook

Not so long ago, if a student committed an infraction that was deemed serious enough to merit her being expelled, she had virtually no recourse. The ruling stood, disrupting her education to the point she might never graduate. But times have changed. And in keeping with that fact, the Ohio-based Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District has put in place an Alternative to Expulsion Program that has helped many students improve their behavior to the point where they are welcomed back into the classroom.

Christopher Cook who heads this effort admits that he does not have a magic formula. He simply works with each individual student, granting them more attention than a teacher with a large classroom possibly could. Often, he brings a social worker or counselor into the mix in the hopes of helping a student resolve home/community problems that that are impacting negatively upon their school performance.

Topher Wurts

Autism Village is not a place you would find on any map. Rather, it is an app that guides users who are on the autism spectrum to places – restaurants and other public facilities - that will not over stimulate them. The individuals who use the apps write the reviews.

Inspired by his son who was diagnosed with autism at a young age, Topher Wurts conceived the concept that became Autism Village. He began his efforts by creating a Facebook page. After it received thousands of visits within what he perceived to be an amazingly short period of time, he followed it up with a Kickstarter campaign that helped cover the cost of developing the technology.

In addition to sponsoring its app which is now being utilized by an estimated 70,000 individuals and their families, Autism Village also offers businesses training that will enable them to attract more customers as they become autism friendly.

The web site for Autism Village is


January 15, 2020 Show

Rebecca Gardner

The Gates Mills Environmental Education Center helps students evolve by boosting their knowledge about and their appreciation of our natural environment. And it even goes a step further as it starts them along paths which can turn that knowledge into a profitable career. The environmental center has turned ten acres that once housed a Coast Guard Station into its classroom.In addition to furthering students’ knowledge about commercial horticulture, the two-year programs that it offers - Cleveland Botanical Garden; Horticulture & Gardening Operations; Landscape Construction and Design - can serve as intervention efforts which increase the chances students will graduate. Post secondary opportunities are available at Cuyahoga Community College, ATI/Ohio State University, University of Akron and Kent State University. Students are encouraged to participate in paid internship programs to hone their practical skills. Rebecca Gardner, who graduated from the program, serves as the center’s coordinator. Its web site is

Sue Buddenbaum

As it recycles flowers that had been used in various events or are the unsold inventory of local stores and delivers them to nursing home residents, BigHearted Blooms brings joy and beauty to individuals who might be finding these things in short supply. And the numbers are impressive. During the past 18 months, this group has delivered 6,500 bouquets of recycled bouquets to recipients in 45 different care facilities located throughout the Cleveland area. Flowers have a very short shelf-life. So, these deliveries have to be made on a tight schedule regardless of weather conditions and other considerations, something that is only possible because the organization has a dedicated crew of volunteers. The group once faced a major challenge when it once had to pick up 90 feet of flowers after a wedding at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Sue Buddenbaum established BigHearted Blooms.    The group’s web site is


January 1, 2020 Show

Dan Barker

who once served as an evangelical minister, gained considerable media attention during 1984 when he did something that was clearly unprecedented, not to mention unexpected. He announced that he had become an atheist, making this announcement in the most public way possible - on AM Chicago (then hosted by Oprah Winfrey). And he, subsequently, became the co-president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation which promotes the separation of church and state. And he also co-hosts Freethought Radio, which is broadcasted nationally over several different stations and has welcomed, as guests luminaries, such as Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins.  Being an atheist is never easy and, as Dan has learned, it can become particularly challenging during the holiday season when religion becomes front and center in many people’s lives.

His organization’s web site is

Bruce Silverglade

Like the city – NYC – with which it is closely linked, Gleason’s gym has passed through its rough times as well as its glam periods. After Peter Robert Gagliardi, first established it during the Depression (1937) he could not charge enough dues to maintain the place. So, he had to drive a taxi 10 to 12 hours a day just to keep it open. But during the ensuing years, it has attracted a celebrity clientele that has included Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali and Roberto Duran and Hillary Swank - as she prepared to star in Million Dollar Baby.  However, Gleason’s current owner, Bruce Silverglade, is committed to ensuring that the gym continues to serve people with a wide range of needs, not just bold face names. He remains particularly proud of its STOP-PD program, which helps people who are living with Parkinson gain mobility and strength.
Gleason’s web site is


December 18, 2019 Show

Jill Cohen

When people suffer the loss of a loved one – most specifically their spouse - their life changes in major ways. Some of the transitions they will have to navigate are all too obvious. They will have to move onward without their companions; meals and long nights, not to mention vacations, will be spent alone. They will have to handle their finances and the upkeep of their house without the support they once enjoyed.

However, other transitions through which they are passing are generally left unspoken out of embarrassments or an inability to find the right words as they struggle to explain themselves. For the first tune in their life they might have to consider seeking help to stabilize their emotions. That is where a grief counselor such as Jill Cohen enters the picture. She attempts to provide her clients with a safe place where they can share their strong emotions: sadness, anger, numbness.

Jill’s web site is


December 4, 2019 Show

Annette Ravinsky

Many people almost begin to shake at the mere thought of encountering a rat. That reaction might be triggered by the fact they saw these vermin tormenting humans during horror shows.  Or, it might stem from the fact that they unexpectedly met up with one of them in a dark alley and were almost traumatized by that incident.

Annette Ravinsky, however, thinks that people who disdain rats are simply not aware that they are actually more playful than they are harmful and can make great pets that demand little in return for their loyalty. They also, she notes, have the distinct advantages of being litter trained and keeping themselves clean.  And it is with that thought in mind that she helped to form the Philadelphia Rat Rescue, making them available for adoption and healing them when they need that strong support.

The Rat rescue’s facebook page is


Bruce Bogart

Decades ago Bruce Bogart and Bob Snyder were friends in a neighborhood that closely resembled the one that Wally and Beaver Cleaver called home. However, despite the fact they were close, they played distinctly different roles. Bruce was an athlete, although he had a realistic enough evaluation of his skills to know he would never play center field for the Yankees. Bob, meanwhile, distinguished himself by being fun loving and the first in his group to get his driver’s license.

Fast forward more years than might want to count Bruce and Bob joined forces to host a radio show. But as is so often the case in radio their foray into the airwaves did not last all that long. So, they began directing their energies towards a new project – the Fabulous Boomer Boys, who performed regularly at many different venues along with other individuals from their generation. Their Facebook page is


November 20, 2019 Show

Kenyatta Neferkare

These days, people toss around a lot of words with more syllables than you might imagine when they talk about spiritual gifts. For example, the term “empathetic” is applied to somebody who can sense what other people are feeling; emotional communication flows between them and the folks they meet.

For most of her life, however, these words meant nothing to Kenyatta Neferkare. She simply knew that she had strong insights into the world around her. But recently she has become awakened to the fact her abilities might make her uniquely qualified to help herself and others. And she now makes extensive use of them during the consultations she holds with clients and her everyday life.

In addition to working as a sensitive Kenyatta has also followed more traditional paths. She became a professor who taught religion as well as a Church of God in Christ (Pentacostal) minister.

Anthony Hitch

uses body work – message - to help clients return themselves to a more stabilized state. But he wants to do more than simply connect with their body. His goal: turning the sessions that he shares with clients into nurturing and powerful experience that leaves them feeling more refreshed. And that is why he always brings yoga and reiki into the mix during these meetings.

An active Usui/Tibeten Reiki practitioner since 2013, Anthony has found this discipline, which relies upon transmitting healing energy through the hands, to be the most powerful tool of transformation he ever encountered. And he hopes that by intermixing it into body work sessions he will allow clients to share the rich depth of insight and healing that it continues to give him daily. He also maintains that bringing yoga medication into these meetings will help to ensure their benefits will prove long lasting.

The website for Anthony’s Cleveland-based practice is


November 6, 2019 Show

Kyle Woody

By many accounts, their cultural training makes it is difficult for men to openly express their feelings. There are times, however, when handling challenges, such as caring for somebody with cancer, becomes stressful to the point that finding an outlet for their emotions is essential. And Jack’s Caregiver Coalition is designed to support men who find themselves in that position.

Its Jack to Jack program provides the arrangements whereby caregivers can connect with one another, gaining strength from their shared experiences. The coalition does not guarantee that these connections will always provide participants with the desired results. However, they often significantly improve the way they think, feel and handle the responsibilities they have assumed.

The coalitions Caregiver 101 covers the fundamentals of care-giving, being specifically designed for people who are just beginning that journey.

The coalitions web site is   Kyle Woody serves as its founder.


Kate McCamant

Cohousing communities combine common facilities with private homes in the hopes of creating cohesiveness among residents. Most of these neighborhoods, which are scattered across the country, are organized as townhouse or condominium developments that feature a homeowners association. While the specifics of their arrangements might vary, they virtually all distinguish themselves from other communities by their efforts to create strong cohesiveness among residents.

That description makes cohousing sound like a concept whose obvious advantages should make it an easy sell. However, long experience has taught Katie McCamant that instead of being pretty procedural, establishing cohousing arrangements is fraught with challenges that are not easily surmounted. And that is why she formed the California-based Cohousing-solutions to assist people who want to accept these challenges

That organization has developed the 500 Communities program a training curriculum which equips participants to play a role in the creation of the next 500 cohousing communities. The group’s web site is


October 16, 2019 Show

Dr. Connie Siskowsk

Much is being written these days about care giving and the toll it regularly takes on family members. However, this dialogue generally focuses upon elderly spouses nurturing one another or adult children caring for their parents who suffer from the infirmities of old age. And the fact that literally millions of young people are making sacrifices as they handle these responsibilities tends to get lost in the mix.

The Florida-based American Association of Caregiving Youth is committed to making certain they receive the recognition and support they deserve. It remains particularly proud of the successes its Caregiving Youth Project has achieved. More than 90 percent of the young people who participate in this effort graduate from high school despite the fact that handling family responsibilities while simultaneously completing course work presents a major challenge for them.

Dr. Connie Siskowski is the founder and president of this Florida-based association. Its web site is

Jordan Levine

These days, much is being said by political candidates and others about prison reform, keeping people out of these institutions whenever possible and improving the conditions in them. However, less is being spoken as regards an essential question: How can people who have been incarcerated be returned to society? How can they be granted meaningful employment when so many businesses are reluctant to hire them considering their record?

The Ohio-based Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute offers responses to these concerns. Serving mostly a French cuisine it prepares former convicts to enter the culinary industry, providing them not only with training in the culinary arts but also with housing on its campus and job placement. It remains proud of the fact that 95% of the people who graduated from its program have found employment and only 1.4% have returned to prison.

Jordan Levine serves as Edwins general manager. The institute’s web site is 


October 2, 2019 Show

Dr. Fran Parker

These days, psychological terms are tossed around to an extent that was never previously the case. And ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is definitely an example of that trend. You hear it applied to somebody or to a whole group of people on a regular basis. But that does not necessarily mean that there is a general understanding of what having this condition means for people who are actually living with it.

Do people who are living with ADHD have trouble focusing themselves, constantly running in all directions? Do they get spurts of energy that enable them to scamper around the bases at breakneck speed? Do children who have this condition have different symptoms than do adults? Possibly, it means all of these things and much more.

A Michigan-based psychologist in general practice, Dr. Fran Parker has worked with the ADHD community for 30 should help to provide some clarifications about these matters.

Jay Westbrook

Activism seems to be very much in Jay Westbrook’s DNA. Yet, throughout his lifetime it has exhibited itself in some very diverse ways. These days, he devotes himself to his work with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. But as a younger man, he immersed himself in an environment quite removed from the natural beauty the conservancy seeks to protect: the rough and tumble world of urban politics. And his political career was marked by more than his share of both victories and crushing defeats.

Political disagreements resulted in his being initially denied a seat in Cleveland’s City Council to which he had been legally appointed, he proved himself to be a survivor as he eventually became that body’s leader. But the drama continued as a coup toppled him from that position.

Jay serves as the as the Special Projects Manager for the conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute. That organization’s web site is


September 18, 2019 Show

Johanna Jameson

The Illinois-based Memory farm is the home of Johanna and John Jameson. However, it is much more than simply a primary residence for an activist couple. The outside property is being renovated so it can more adequately serve its intended purpose. It is transitioning towards becoming a place where the – many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s - can stay physically, cognitively and socially active. And it is beginning to live up to that goal even as it is being reconfigured. Because many of the individuals who will eventually use it are gaining self confidence plus a sense of purpose as they assist in this process.

The farm is designed not only to provide services – yoga, animal therapy, gardening - who are living with Alzheimer’s but also to their care partners. They include social events, counseling and support groups.

Johanna Jameson was instrumental in forming the Memory Farm. The farm’s web site is 

Eric Anderson

Some of the students bike to their classes at the Sherbrooke Community Center, while others are car pooled or driven there by their parents. No matter what their specific mode of transportation, however, they attend school in an unusual setting for elementary-aged youngsters – a special care home for the aged and others who need support.

And this arrangement allows them to take part in some unique educational opportunities as they interact regularly with people from other generations and backgrounds. Among other things, they engage in “Literacy for Life” practices, such as: expressive daily journaling and shared use of technology. And because these professionals work at the center, the students in the iGen program might also be mentored by an artist or converse regularly with a pharmacist.

The web site for the Saskatchewan, Canada- based centre – home to 283 residents - is  Eric Anderson serves as its Communications Leader.


September 4, 2019 Show

Kim Bixenstine

If an individual believes that they have been wronged in a business transaction or by a medical professional and want compensation, people often assume that they have only one of two options. They can take the matter to court and endure a long process which can prove costly on many levels and might end up leaving them with nothing for their efforts. Or, they can simply let the unpleasantness that they encountered stand as a learning experience as they vow to never again let themselves be mistreated in the same manner.

However, they have another alternative which might prove more productive for them. They can have their case mediated, managing to settle their dispute in a manner that is mutually agreeable to all involved.

A lawyer with 35 years of legal experience, Kim Bixenstine is well acquainted with this process.

The web site of her law firm – Bixenstine Resolutions – is


August 23, 2019 Show

Tommi Avicolli

When Tommi Avicolli walked through his neighborhood as a young man, he delivered a strong message. Dressed flamboyantly – nail polish, long flowing hair, clothes that clunk to his slender frame – he announced his life style in ways that folks in his native South Philly did not always welcome. Although he realized that his was taking a risk by being that provocative he felt compelled to announce he was not moving aside for anybody no matter how much they disapproved of his orientations.

And that same unwillingness to be displaced or sit back while others suffer that same fate marks his present activities in a big way. Tommi director the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco’s counseling program. As the name implies this organization, is dedicated to making housing more affordable for that city’s residents. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in that city is approaching $4000.

His organization’s web site is


August 21, 2019 Show 

Frank C. Sacco, PhD

The professionals who developed the Create A Peaceful Learning Environment (CAPSLE) program do not credit the strategies they have evolved with being able to magically turn schools into places that nurture all students. But they do maintain that it can serve to make the environments in these facilities more conducive to learning.

And they note that it can achieve that goal by instilling self-esteem, respect and compassion in participants through the acquisition of social and physical skills. It, likewise, attempts to alert students to the fact they can deescalate bullying by not becoming part of the bully-victim-bystander power dynamic that fuels misbehavior. Possibly, more than anything else, however, it grants students tools for solving conflicts in nonphysical ways and teaching them to utilize better and more effective coping skills.

The CAPSLE program was developed by Stuart W. Temlow, MD, Frank C. Sacco, PhD and Sensei Stephen Temlow. The web The web site for the Back Up Bully efforts that promote and teach it is


August 7, 2019 Show

Bruce Silverglade

After Peter Robert Gagliardi, first established Gleason's Gym during 1937 he could not charge enough dues during the ensuing tough Depression years to maintain the place. So, he had to drive a taxi 10 to 12 hours a day just to keep it open.

But Gleason’s did not remain a hardscrabble business for long. Rather, it evolved into a New York institution where champions, such as Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali and Roberto Duran and Hillary Swank - as she prepared to star in “Million Dollar Baby” – trained.

However, Gleason’s current owner, Bruce Silverglade, is committed to ensuring that it will serve people with a wide range of needs, not just bold face names. He remains particularly proud of its STOP-PD program, which helps people who are living with Parkinson to gain mobility and strength. These efforts were the subject of a segment entitled “The Good Fight Parkinson’s Disease” that aired over Channel 4 in New York.

Gleason’s web site is .


July 17, 2019 Show

Joe Bautista

Stem Cell Therapy Plus is actually nothing all that new. On the contrary, it has been available, since the 1960s. At that point, however, virtually the only people who could benefit from these (stem cell plus) treatments were the rich and famous. Anxious to be relieved of degenerative diseases/ chronic ailments as well as to preserve their youthful appearance, they flocked to Swiss Clinics to receive them.

Now, however, this therapy is available to the general public in the form of high-tech softgel capsules that contain specific organ stem cells from sheep placenta extracts.

These youthful cells imprint their vigor upon old, tired, and degenerating cells and stimulate them to function with renewed efficiency, leaving the recipients less stumbled by chronic diseases.

The Delaware-based Stem Cell Therapy Plus is one of the world’s leading supplier of stem cell supplements.

Its web site is  . Joe Bautista plays a major role in its marketing efforts.

Dr. Margie Adelman

A 2018 survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) concluded that 75% of Americans 18 and older – an estimated 190 million people - regularly take a dietary supplement in the hopes of improving their health. However, Dr. Margie Adelman, a medical researcher and naturopathic physician, cautions that these impressive numbers do not necessarily mean that this medication is providing the promised results. Because the mere fact we put a pill in our mouth and swallow it, is no guarantee that the nutrients are able to work their way into our bodies and improve our health.

And that is why Dr. Adelman is so fast to tout the benefits of a new delivery system: Bioactive Gels capsules which release extremely small nutrient particles at specific locations in the digestive tract. She is the national spokesperson for Healthy Cell which markets this product and is the author of Living Lean: A Healthy Guild to a Beautiful Life.

For a FREE 2 DAY Sample of Healthy Cell Bio-Active Multi Vitamin  or call 800-975-9606


July 3, 2019 Show

Dr. Julie Garza

It is summer and the sunshine and the longer days are wonderful. But that magical season has one definite drawback. It brings more than its fair share of opportunities – beach parties, cookouts - to overindulge in foods you resolved only a few cold months ago to avoid.

Nutritional educator Dr. Julie Gatza (Dr. Julie), however, maintains that these over indulgences do not have to result in your experiencing stomach aches, gas, bloating, belching or constipation. It is a simple matter of following some guidelines. Don't pile everything onto your plate then gobble it down in the same sitting.

Avoid trying new unfamiliar foods and strange food combinations. Munch on veggie dishes that assist digestion. Eat steaks, burgers, and hot dogs slowly and as first course.

Dr. Gatza is the Holistic Leader of the Florida Wellness Institute. Its web site is Its services include everything from nutritional counseling to Amniotic Fluid Injections (Stem Cell Therapy).

Dan Shaki

When people visit New York, they often gravitate to landmarks such as Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center. Dan Shaki and Andrew Silverstein who formed Streetwise New York during 2011 understand why these landmarks would fascinate the millions of people who journey to New York. They are awe-inspiring in a major way.

But as they lead tours of neighborhoods that are full of historic treasures and architectural wonder, they gently nudge them into gaining a broader understanding of the city. They want them to begin realizing that the real New York manifests not in that city’s wide avenues or skyscrapers but in the ever-changing stories of its 8.6 million residents.

Andrew describes himself as being a lifelong New Yorker; unlike most Americans, he does not drive a car, walks fast and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else.

Streetwise New York’s web site is 



June 19, 2019 Show

Bettina Dickson Rusher

According to figures published by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's. And that number is likely to grow even higher as America ages.

Responding to these figures, a wide range of professionals are working to determine what strategies might best benefit these individuals. Their research has concluded among other things that Alzheimer’s patients respond positively to baby dolls and animals – ones that are cuddly and never bark too loudly or have accidents in the house.

Bettina Dickson Rusher and her sister, Frances, reached the same conclusion after working their way through their care giving journey with their mother. Their experiences were, in fact, so strong they decided to start the Georgia-based Memorable Pets which sells a wide array of stuffed animals and baby dolls. This company even markets cats and dogs that have interactive or robotic features.

The web site for Memorable Pets is 

Jim Swanner

If you watch old time Westerns, you will probably see somebody trying to control a horse. They might be working to tame a wild mustang. Or, they might be pushing an equine to go faster and faster as they try to outrun the “bad guys.” Jim Swanner, however, maintains that relationships between horses and humans do not have to be marked by (sometimes rough) attempts to overpower animals.

And going a step further, he believes that humans can get the best performance from their horses if they learn to communicate with them as they form strong bonds. He calls this system natural horsemanship. And he teaches it at his Alabama-based KLN stables plus through his radio show “All About Horses” which is streamed over WAKC. He has also written several books that include: "7 Secrets to a Fulfilled Life and Natural Horsemanship from the Ground Up.

His web site is 


June 10, 2019 Show

Christina Hidek

Several different scenarios might leave you in need of somebody who can help you organize yourself. You know that it is time for you to downsize. Yet, you dread having to start that process because your home is cluttered with mementos that date back to your childhood. Or, your home-based business is beginning to become more profitable but some records are scattered around your computer room.

No matter what your personal circumstances, Stream Lined Living might be able to help you manage your way through the clutter. And it offers several pathways that might help you reach that goal. If you prefer the D.I.Y. (do it yourself) route it markets calendars and other items that might offer you guidance. Or, if you prefer a more social approach it can arrange organizing parties. And there is still another option: virtual organizing and coaching.

Streamlined Living’s web site is . It was started in 2011 by Christina Hidek


June 5, 2019 Show

Neal Owens

Evidence indicates that sitting under a bright light lamp of at least 10,000 lux on a daily basis can help reset your brain and balance your mood.

Sessions generally last only between 15 and 30 minutes; you can read the morning paper, watch television, or enjoy breakfast while sitting under the light. Bright light therapy works its wonders by stimulating the production of brain chemicals, including endorphins and serotonin.

This therapy can prove particularly beneficial for people living with Alzheimers. As it stabilizes their sleep, it can leave them less prone to agitation or mood swings during their waking hours. And a 2014 study by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine has indicated that sunlight can help to regulate weight as it boosts metabolic functions and digestion if utilized early in the day.

The Maryland-based Sunbox sells a wide variety of different bright light lamps. Its web site is  Terri and Neal Owens manage the company


May 15, 2019 Show

Kristi Horner

Until quite recently, mental illness was a taboo topic in our culture, never mentioned much less discussed at length in polite society. Times have changed, however; emotional challenges no matter what form they might take are now being discussed much more openly. And as that has happened, increasing more attention is being paid to individuals who serve as caregivers for those living with mental illness.

The Ohio-based Courage to Caregivers is working to turn that attention into support that can make caregivers’ efforts less stressful.

This group administers a One-To-One Caregiver Program which matches caregivers for those living with mental illness with persons who have also handled these responsibilities. This effort is designed to help caregivers come to learn that the most vital aspect of care giving is caring for themselves.

This group’s web site is  Having experienced mental illness in her own family, Kristi Horner was instrumental in establishing this organization and now serves as its Founder and Executive Director.


Leah Cunningham

Appalachia has lost many of the coal mining jobs that once sustained it. But the West Virginia-based Solar Holler is committed to ensuring that despite those losses that region still serves as a major energy supplier to our country, if not to the world. Working towards that goal, this group is developing innovative approaches that bring (affordable) solar power to people who had previously never had access to this alternative energy source.

It has also joined forces with partners to launch West Virginia’s first solar energy training and apprenticeship program. And as it supplies businesses, homeowners and community organizations with a more affordable source of energy it is playing a major role in revitalizing the region.

Leah Cunningham serves as Chief Sunshine Officer at Solar Holler, leading sales and outreach efforts. Before joining this organization she managed WVU's (West Virginia University’s) community engagement and volunteerism efforts, and also served on that college’s Sustainability Committee.

Solar Holler’s web site is  Solar Power for Appalachia, West Virginia, Kentucky   We help Appalachian homes, businesses and non-profits mine the sun for clean and affordable energy that will power communities.


May 1, 2019 Show

Daniel Neides and Jessica Hutchins

When patients come to the Ohio-based Inspire Wellness they hear a message they probably never previously encountered in a doctor’s office, but one that both challenges and inspires them: Your body has the innate ability to restore itself to an optimum balance, with this potential being stronger than you might have ever imagined it is. And you can tap into your body’s healing power by providing it with optimal nutrition and opening all detoxification pathways.

These optimistic concepts form the cornerstones of what the doctors at Inspire Wellness – Daniel Neides and Jessica Hutchins – label functional medicine. This modality seeks to help people identifies the root causes of any diseases they might be experiencing and guides them towards living the highest quality of life they possibly can.

Some of the services that are available at Inspire Wellness include: Infrared Sauna, IV Therapy Thermography and Craniosacral. The website for Inspire Wellness is 

Inspire Wellness - Cleveland Functional Medicine - Disease Reversal

Are you ready to be awakened to live your best life and feel amazing instead of just "fine".?  Inspire Wellness is a Functional Medicine practice in Cleveland


April 17, 2019 Show

Sharon Hatfield

During the early 1850s, Jonathan Koons, an Ohio farmer, set out to debunk a nearby medium, but in an ironic twist of fate his efforts led him to evolve into a believer. And eventually, he became inspired to construct a spirit room; it contained, among other things, a modified table (spiritual machine) that acted as a battery which let the spirits manifest themselves plus an eclectic assortment of instruments. At least some visitors came to believe that when Koons played the fiddle the other instruments in the room would join in, playing strange melodies in unison while they danced above the sitters’ heads.

In her book, Enchanted Ground, the Spirit of Jonathan Koons, Sharon Hatfield, an Athens, Ohio native, set out to capture Koons’ flamboyance. And as she relates his story, she dispels the misconception that Koons’ ‘spirit room’ was just a trivial example of the public’s fascination with Spiritualism. She instead presents him as being a major representative of that nineteenth century movement.

Dr. Cass Ingram

Virtually everybody is familiar with turmeric, having consumed it in curry powder, as an individual spice added to recipes, or as one of the flavorings for tandoori meat and Indian or African rice dishes. But no matter how many times they might have savored it, most people do not realize this spice has great healing powers. It has been credited with helping people manage, among other disorders, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, gastric disorders, cancer and Crohn Disease.

A nutritional physician, Dr. Cass Ingram has written more than 20 books and has appeared on over 5,000 radio and television shows, as he works to acquaint people with the benefits of tumeric and other spices. He received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). His latest book is The Wild Turmeric Cure.

Dr. Ingram’s web site is


April 3, 2019 Show

Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci

Medical students generally spend much of their time attending classes or working in laboratories. However, Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci was rewarded a grant by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to spearhead a program that utilizes virtual reality to bring them out of what might have become their comfort zone. Their excursions into cyberspace are designed to help students at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine better understand the emotions patients encounter as they face aging and end of life issues.

When a medical student puts on a head set and becomes Clay, a 66-year-old male veteran with terminal lung cancer who experiences being communicated bad news, goes on hospice and eventually dies at home. Other labs include becoming a person with macular degeneration and hearing loss or a person with dementia.

You can read more about Dr. Gugliucci’s work at this link. She serves as director of Geriatrics Education and Research at her Maine-based college.

Dr. William Schwab

Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs help to ensure that seniors receive the health care they need. But they do not always take into account the fact that many challenges – mobility issues, dementia - might make it difficult, if not virtually impossible, for an elder to keep appointments in a doctor’s offices. Thankfully, however, efforts such as University Hospital’s Medical House Calls Program, make this lapse less burdensome as they bring physicians and other professionals into patients’ residences.

This service might be particularly valuable for individuals who are returning home after a hospital stay and need to have their condition carefully monitored. It might, likewise, benefit caregivers in many ways. They are relieved from the strain they might encounter as they transport their elder to a medical facility, and are put into contact with valuable support - skilled nursing, nutritional counseling or wound care. Dr. William Schwab is a geriatrician who treats patients through this program.

You can find out more about UH’s Medical House Calls Program at this link.


March 20, 2019 Show

Dr. Michael Lewis

Concussions are often depicted as being an injury that only athletes who play contact sports sustain. However, research now indicates that a much broader group of individuals can suffer a mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), commonly known as a concussion. In fact, it has been estimated that nearly three million people every year visit the emergency room for traumatic brain injuries

These injuries can result from something as commonplace as slipping down the stairs or banging into an open cupboard. And although they might appear to be the sort of thing that will resolve itself with time, they can result in long term consequences – an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

However, people can protect themselves against falling into that downward spiral. In his breakthrough book, When Brains Collide, Dr. Michael Lewis explains how therapeutic doses of omega-3 rich fish oil and hemp-derived CBD oil can effectively assist in the prevention, management, and healing of concussions.

Dr. Lewis’ web site is


Paul Sobel

At one point it was easier for seniors to age in place than might be the case today because they could rely upon the ongoing support from their neighbors. And members of the virtual villages that are now scattered across our country are working diligently to help members remain in their homes by providing one another with that exact same kind of assistance. One member might, for example, offer another member rides and in return receive some assistance as she completes needed home repairs.

This movement was born in 2001 in Boston, when a group of residents got together to form the Beacon Hill Village. Now, according to the Village to Village Network website, there are 200 open Villages and more than 150 in development stages scattered throughout the country.

Village in the Heights is one of them. Paul Sobel was instrumental in establishing it earlier this year. This organization’s web site is  ; it serves residents of eastern Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) suburbs.

Home - Village in the Heights
To support seniors aging in place in University Heights, OH. Welcome! Village in the Heights is a member driven organization of neighbors living in the eastern Cleveland, OH suburbs.


March 6, 2019 Show

Anthony Nunez

When we were young, many of us read books, such as One Thousand and One Nights and fantasized about having a genii who would answer all our wishes. Well, for some people getting older means that they really do have a genii of sorts willing to serve them. He goes by the name of Randy and was developed by the Virginia-based INF Robotics.

Rudy is designed to encourage his owners to become actively engaged in the world around them; with this engagement being specifically designed for each separate individual. He is, likewise, easy to use, intuitive actually; he responds to straightforward voice commands. And his personality – if, in fact, a robot can actually have a personality – promotes interactions.

Anthony Nunez, CEO and founder of INF Robotics, has worked in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for decades, writing extensively on these subjects and serving as a guest speaker at the Smithsonian. His company’s web site is 


Maura Horton

We have all heard the old adage that could be paraphrased as “clothes make the woman (man).” Well, the North Carolina-based MagnaReady is adding a new twist to that saying. The machine washable shirts it markets are held together with magnets instead of with buttons. So, people who have a wide range of physical challenges gain self-confidence and independence as they can easily manipulate them on their own.

Maura Horton is the Founder and President of this North Carolina-based business. She evolved the idea for her company’s product when her husband, Don, was embarrassed when his lack of muscular mobility made it difficult for him to button his shirts. A college football coach, he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at an early age,

MagnaReady’s web site is  .

This firm sells shirts for boys at Magnamini. This company’s motto is “authenticity is magnetic.”


February 20, 219 Show

Kimberly Wilfong

Caring for a family member or other loved one can provide people with an opportunity to discover and then develop talents that they have talents they never realized they had. For example, somebody who never figured they were much of a cook might discover that they can prepare a very tasty meal when their care recipient needs that support. Or, somebody else might be surprised to learn that they had more of a knack for home maintenance than they ever expected they could.

However, despite the fact that it can prove self-affirming care giving can also prove exhausting in the extreme. And when the stress becomes too severe, they might benefit greatly if their elder spends some time in hospice, such as the one administered by the Ohio-based Cardinal Court Special Care Alzheimer’s Center.  Kimberly Wilfong is Resource Director. The website for that respite facility is 


February 6, 2019 Show


Laura Santoro

Observers interpret the term “yoga” in a myriad of different ways. To some people, it refers to a discipline whereby practitioners twist their bodies in ways that seem to defy the fact they are held together by bones instead of something much more pliable. Others, however, envision “yoga” as being a modality where by people can transport themselves to a more peaceful sphere.

And then, there are also individuals – Laura Santoro (Atmadarshan - "Vision of the true Self") is a prime example of that grouping – who believe that there is no real distinction between these two understandings. By their accounting, yoga enables practitioners to expand both their body and their mind in more directions than they had ever imagined.

Atmadarshan, who has an academic background in psychology as well as in biology, teaches both personal and corporate classes. She also worked for years in hospitals plus has a Black belt ranking in Aikido through Aikido Schools of Ueshiba You can learn more about her work at

Lawrence Bocchiere III

These days, people are entering into a wide variety of marriages that were not even dreamed of ten years ago. Among other things, there are gay marriages and marriages where the spouses live busy bi-coastal lives, seeing each other only when it can be arranged. And while these iterations on traditional marriages have gained considerable attention unions where one spouse has become incapacitated and is cared for the other have received much less note. In fact, they generally remain hidden out of sight.

And Well Spouse is working to change that lack of recognition as it supports these individuals. Formed in 1988, this New Jersey-based organization offers support groups and is also serves as a resource center.

Lawrence Bocchiere III is President Emeritus and Chairman of the Well Spouse Association. He cared for his spouse for 17 years and is now remarried to another former caregiver, an arrangement he claims is fairly common.

The web site for Well Spouse is


January 19, 2019 Show

Terri Corcoran

Caregiving involves nurturing vulnerable people on an ongoing basis, so it is stressful by anybody’s definition. It, however, can become particularly challenging when it becomes intertwined into the special relationship that spouses share. And that is why the New Jersey-based Well Spouse organization is committed to assisting individuals who find themselves handling these duties. It administers support groups that meet either in person or via phone calls and, among other things, it also offers members annual workshops, social events, special tours and conference sessions.

Terri Corcoran cared for her husband, who was physically and mentally disabled by a genetic neurodegenerative illness, during almost the entirety of their 17-year marriage. She received support from Well Spouse while her husband was still alive and has continued to be active in this organization since he died during 2016, serving as its PR Chairperson and co-editor of its bi-monthly newsletter Mainstay

Well Spouse’s web site is 


Adrienne Gruberg

What does a young girl - possibly, like the one pictured here - who occasionally helps her elderly grandmother cook meals have in common with a middle aged woman who tends to her disabled husband on a daily basis? Well, according to the definition that the Caregiver Space has evolved, they are both caregivers. And it maintains that term might also apply to a middle-aged woman who takes her father shopping every week.

No matter what role somebody is assuming as a caregiver, the Caregiver space strives to lend them the support that they need as they handle their commitments. This organization runs online support groups for young caregivers, spousal caregivers, caregiving daughters, caregiving sons and caregiving parents. And it even has a group for people who are experiencing grief after their care recipient passes.

Adrienne Gruberg took care of her husband and mother-in-law until they died of cancer. She founded the site to support other caeregivers.

The organization’s web site is


January 2, 2019 Show

Joan Hanson

Through its Navigator Program, the Ohio-based Hospice of the Western Reserve delivers palliative care to patients in a broad variety of different settings: in hospices, in private homes, in assisted living facilities. Although it is not designed to be curative, palliative care can greatly benefit patients as it helps them manage their pain.

And if they chose, they can continue to pursue aggressive treatment or further diagnostic testing while they are receiving this care. The Navigator Team is comprised of Advanced Practice Nurses, social workers and trained volunteers. A nurse is always on duty at a hotline it administers. Joan Hanson directs that hospice’s navigator services.

The Navigator program is not the only innovative effort that the hospice has established. Another example: the S.T.A.R.S. program - Supporting Tears, Anger, Remembrance & Sadness - which buttresses students who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The hospice’s web site is


December 19, 2018 Show

Sonia Marcello

is a 3rd year osteopathic medical student at the university, who participated in both programs. (see below)

Students who participate in “Learning by Living Nursing Home Immersion Project” are admitted into a nursing home where they live the life of a resident for approximately two weeks – 24/7, receiving both a diagnosis and standard care procedures. And students who take part in the 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Project reside in an 18 bed acute care in-patient hospice home for 48 hours. They sleep in a bed where many others have died. However, instead of being recipients of care the students are working with the hospice staff to provide inter-professional care for patients, support for family members and post mortem care after the patient dies.

Jordan Levine

Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, a 501 (c) organization, not only grants formerly incarcerated men and women training in the hospitality industry. It also supports them as they complete their training by offering them free housing, legal counsel, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, literacy programs.

And thanks to the comprehensiveness of its efforts, it has a very impressive success rate; 97% of those who complete its program find employment and only 5% return to jail. Edwins currently runs two French restaurants and it is in the process of opening a butcher shop.

Edwin's website, which in addition to providing essential information about that organization’s restaurants also offers online cooking courses, is 

Jordan Levine, Edwins’ General manager, has been working at restaurants since he was 16; he washed dishes in his cousin’s pizza parlor before moving up to cooking and serving responsibilities. Since that time, he has expanded his culinary skills to include Middle Eastern and French cooking. A man of many talents, he spends his free time reading and playing the guitar.


December 5, 2018 Show

Ed Guion

Decades ago, when people began to need a little extra help as they aged, arrangements were made for them to live in a little house next to the main house. And admiring the way that arrangement made it possible for families to care for one another, Ed Guion wanted to bring it up to date. So, he developed a prototype that evolved into the Elder Cottage concept which has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show plus the AARP’s Modern Maturity Magazine.

Priced at between $44,960.00 and $60,440.00, depending upon their size and the number of rooms they feature, Elder Cottages remain quite affordable when compared to the expense of retirement community housing of similar dimensions. However, despite the fact that they have many strong selling points, zoning regulations plus other factors, might not make these structures a viable option for every family.

The web site for Elder Cottages is 

Lori Bishop

As Americans are aging, dialogues about end of life care have moved out of the shadows and into the mainstream. And that openness has translated into increasingly more American coming to understand that they this care can be delivered through a myriad of available options. The Alexandria Virginia-based National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is working hard to further this dialogue by remaining active on many different levels: legislative, training, support to those receiving care and advocacy. It even offers a series of online classes and webcasts .

This organization defines “palliative care” in very inclusive terms, “family-centered (end of life) care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering.” And it stresses that this care might be delivered in a wide variety of different setting: a home, a hospital a hospice.

Lori Bishop services as this organization’s Vice President of Palliative & Advanced Care.


November 21, 2018 Show

Gary Joseph LeBlanc founder of  Dementia Mentors

Eric Wegner is living with dementia and making his diagnosis manageable by working with Dementia Mentors.

Being diagnosed with any serious illness would leave virtually anybody terrorized. However, being told that you have dementia might have a particularly strong impact on many individuals as they equate it with losing their memory and subsequently themselves.

The Florida-based Dementia Mentors gives people who receive that diagnosis hope by connecting them through online video chats with another individual who has that same type of cognitive impairment. These dialogues offer them, among other things, practical advice that can make living with their condition more manageable.

And in addition to granting people an opportunity to discuss their symptoms, this organization also offers virtual memory cafes, a venue where people can share thoughts and opinions not necessarily related to their disease.

Gary Joseph LeBlanc who has long worked as a columnist and adviser to care facilities on dementia related matters started Dementia Mentors. The group’s web site is

Gary also has a web site that offers hints on care giving at  .


November 7, 2018 Show

Carter Strang

If you are a woman, or a man, of a certain age, some things are etched into your mind. You remember exactly where you were when John Kennedy was shot, when the Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan and also when the four students were killed at Kent State. The latter memories might be particularly strong for some individuals because they view them in starkly personal terms. They feel that it could just as easily been them who was killed as it was the four young people who met that fate.

Carter Strang has delivered numerous presentations on the Kent State Tragedies, discussing how the shootings impacted upon him. He is currently a partner with the Ohio-based Tucker Ellis, with a primary focus on environmental, mass tort, and product liability litigation. Before he attended law school, Carter earned both the Jennings Scholar and Taft Fellow teaching awards in his career as a high school teacher and coach.

Dan Barker

A former evangelical minister and graduate from the Azusa Pacific University, Dan Barker, gained considerable media coverage during1984 by doing the unexpected. He announced that he had become an atheist and subsequently appeared on AM Chicago (then hosted by Oprah Winfrey), proclaiming that he had “kicked the religion habit.”

Dan currently serves as the co-president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation which promotes the separation of church and state. A show he co-hosts, Freethought Radio, is broadcasted nationally over several different stations. It has welcomed a wide variety of freethinkers - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Julia Sweeney, and Michael Newdow.

His newest book is Free Will Explained: How Science and Philosophy Converge to Create a Beautiful Illusion.

A Baby Boomer, Dan works to stay young by playing professional jazz piano and walking the three miles between his home and his office every day.

His organization’s web site is


October 17, 2018 Show

Peggi Robinson

When people think about near death experiences some strong images pop into their heads. Somebody who has suffered an accident or medical trauma, such as a heart attack, is swept along a tunnel towards a bright light. However, instead of continuing along their journey to this light, they are hurled back to earth; it is not their time.

The North Carolina-based The International Association for Near Death Studies, however, maintains that a large percentage of NDEs diverge from this scenario in important ways. But it notes that no matter what form they assume these incidents deeply touch their people who experience them and might result in their needing support that will help them process these powerful incidents. And it is working to make their adjustment easier by increasing greater awareness of NDE and the impact they can have.

This organization’s web site is . Pegi Robinson heads up its Mid Ohio Valley Chapter.


Johanna Jameson

The staff at the Illinois-based Memory Farms does not claim that it can cure dementia. Rather, they recognize that it might be decades before medical science has progressed to the point where it can reverse memory loss. However, they do pride themselves upon helping people who are experiencing memory loss rebuild their self confidence through physical activity.

Visitors to the farm participate among other things in animal therapy – the facility has therapy dogs and goats – yoga and safe wandering. The latter involves encouraging them to explore the property that has wandering stations which offer a variety of physical and cognitive activities.

And the farm also offers services for caregivers, individuals whose commitments to their care recipient often leave them depleted and stressed. These offerings include respite care, support groups, counseling services plus an opportunity to share activities with their loved one.

The web site for the farm which was opened earlier this year is  Johanna Jameson was instrumental in establishing it.


October 4, 2018 Show

Shannon Reglus

During previous decades, when somebody could no longer carry out what are often termed activities of daily living few options were available to them. (ADLs include: feeding; toileting; selecting proper attire; grooming; maintaining continence; putting on clothes; bathing, walking and transferring, which involves moving from a bed to wheelchair.) They were sent to institutions that were not always as client-centered as might be desirable. Now, however, people are finding that other alternatives, ones that they might guarantee their comfort to a greater extent, are available to them.

A case in point is the Lantern, which is dedicated to helping people in need of memory care function at their highest potential as they live in a home-like environment. The centerfolds of its Fountain of Life program -“Brain Power” and ‘Svayus” - work to promote healthy aging as they keep clients’ minds and bodies active.

The Lantern has three Ohio-based locations. Its web site is  . Shannon Reglus serves as this organization’s director of marketing and admissions.

Toni Mulee

People who are living with Down Syndrome have an extra copy/ partial extra copy of their 21st chromosome, an anomaly that can cause them to experience intellectual and physical challenges. Yet, The Upside of Downs , is committed to spreading the message that despite the fact that they might need specialized medical care, these individuals can still contribute to society in many wonderful ways. Among other thing, they can attend school, work, form close relationships and participate in decisions that affect them. As is the case with virtually everybody else they simply need a chance to develop and then showcase their talents or abilities.

Toni Mullee became the executive director of this organization 5 years ago after having spent 12 years working in non-profits. In addition to conducting advocacy this non-profit holds an annual fundraiser, called the Buddy Walk, and provides support and education for families.

The group’s website is


September 19, 2018 Show

Louanne Ludwig

was a driven and successful real estate agent. However, she maintains that one thing often separated her from others who enjoyed her bounty. She was restless and unfulfilled; her disquiet culminated during one hectic season when she began to sense that could communicate with the Divine. These sentiments led her on a quest for spiritual enlightenment, not hot properties, and as her search deepened so did her feeling of peace and joy as well as a desire to share her discoveries with others.

And that is why she has worked assiduously to develop her ability to either read dreams or deliver psychic readings. She has come to believe that: "All dreams are filled with metaphors meant to help us see what is going on in our lives through the eyes of higher consciousness."

Her book is titled, A Journey Within, and her web site where you can arrange for a psychic reading or a dream analysis is

Philip Stotter

Everybody knows that being physically active could help the ever increasing number of Americans who are overweight to take off unwanted pounds. But what might seem like an easy challenge – go to the gym or just take a brisk walk – can become daunting for some people whose bulk makes movement uncomfortable.

The Cleveland-based Club Fitness can, however, make the challenges they face surmountable by boosting participants’ strength, agility, balance, flexibility, endurance and motor control rather upon guiding them to compete in triathlons.

The key "product" at Club Fit is Active Aging 360, a large piece of gym-like equipment that has eight stations simulating day-to-day functional tasks. At each station is a small screen programmed with a virtual coach, known as AAVA, who offers instruction and guidance tailored to the individual.

Club Fit’s web site is  . It is owned by Philip Stotter, a former physical therapist who invented much of the equipment in this facility.


September 5. 2018 Show

Joan Tabb

Many aging Baby Boomers face retirement with great anticipation, remaining convinced that it will free them from work routines that have become burdensome and allow them to progress along paths of their own choosing. Others, however, remain fearful about leaving the work force. What will they do during the decades of life that lie ahead of them after they close their office door for the last time? Hoping to ease their distress, Joan Tabb has outlined some guidelines they might follow as they come to accept retirement as being an opportunity, not something to dread.

Joan brings the experience she garnered during a twenty-year career at major corporations - Apple, 3Com, Intel - to her work as a career and executive coach. Her web site is 

Her latest book is titled Building Blocks for the NEW retirement: An easy, interactive 8-step guide for a retirement with meaning, purpose and fun.

The Barnes Twins

Over the years, Washington Square has gained renown for nurturing talent that later enjoyed great acclaim. Bob Dylan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot are only two examples of people who have basked in its glory and moved on from that point. And because this park, with its arc that seems to spread over everything, has a reputation for putting people on track to live out their dreams, it attracts street performers of every shape and size.

Identical twins Kareem (Tac) Barnes and Tyheem (Tic) Barnes are only two examples of people who have enlivened that open space in the hopes of boosting their career. By virtually all accounts, their show which features the twins jumping over groups of people – all sizes, all shapes, all ethnic backgrounds - remains immensely entertaining, mixing drama with good natured bantering. However, complaints have been lodged against their shows which attract loud crowds and can become a bit boisterous. Such is the life of the street performer.

Tic and Tac’s website is  You can view their performances on link


August 15, 2018 Show

Kat Meyer

After Rebecca Meyer was diagnosed with a brain tumor (grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma) during August of 2013, her parents searched all possible treatment options. However, despite their valiant efforts and her considerable courage, Rebecca died on June 7, 2014, her sixth birthday. At that point she had endured almost 10 months of radiation, chemotherapy and experimental trials.

In the months after Rebecca’s death, the Meyer family took several trips together to work through their grief. And they found that being separated from their usual routine – daily chores, school, work - during these vacations, proved healing. So, they decided to form Rebecca’s Gift as a means of providing other grieving families with the same space away from their mourning they had enjoyed. During the ensuing years they raised NEED A Dollar Amount to help send six grieving families on vacations.

Kathryn Meyer, Rebecca’s mother, was instrumental in establishing this Cleveland-based program.

The organization’s website is

Dr. Clark Echols

Our world is changing and behavior that was once acceptable when men interacted with women is now viewed in strong “Time Over” terms. And Clark Echols, MDiv, MA, LPCC, would like to see this cultural upheavals go a step further. A counselor, he not only wants to help his clients become accountable for their actions towards others but also more accountable to themselves as they grow more closely connected to their inner feelings.

Clark was employed for 32 years as an ordained pastor in the New Church, which follows the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. He now works with individuals as well as with couples, helping them to cope with anxiety, depression or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). An activist, he has also been instrumental in forming CMG (Cincinnati Men’s Gathering), which works to guide members towards a fuller understanding of their masculinity. Mutual support remains its guiding mantra.

Clark’s website is 


August 1, 2018 Show

Karen Hatfield

Often, when children suffer a loss they cope by showing a brave face to the world instead of allowing themselves to heal as they openly express their pain. And that is why the Together We Can bereavement camps sponsored by the Hospice of the Western Reserve can play such an important part in their life. Within their welcoming confines, campers spend time with other kids who have experienced the death of someone special, and benefit from activities that encourage expression of feelings, enhanced coping, and remembering and honoring the person who died.

Hospice of the Western Reserve offers a variety of Together We Can camps and family events ranging from several hours to several days in different locations. From a family event at Mentor Headlands Beach, to working and riding horses in collaboration with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, campers have multiple options for sharing their stories, understanding their grief and having fun at the same time.

Karen Hatfield is Team Leader for Counseling Services for Hospice of the Western Reserve. She part of the team who develops and facilitates the camps offered each year.

Lisa Scotese Gallagher

Residents at the Ohio-based Hospice of the Western Reserve might find it virtually impossible to revisit a locale that they remember with great fondness. Thanks to modern technology in the form of drones, however, they can make one last trip to a place, possibly an ancestral home or simply a local park, that has special meaning for them.

Flight to Remember makes their adventures possible. Formed during 2017 by Tom Davis, its pilots go to a site a patient has selected and capture videos of it by flying unmanned aerial systems (drones) as much as 400 feet above it.

These videos are then live streamed to the patient. And they also receive a highlight reel as they watch it accompanied by family and friends.

More information about this program can be downloaded at this link:

Lisa Scotese Gallagher is the Director of Staff Experience at the hospice and she has been an essential part of making this program a reality.


July 18, 2018 Show

Judy Valentine

was still quite young when she first made a name for herself singing around the Boston area. And although many decades have passed since she first ventured on stage – she is now in her 90s – her enthusiasm and ability to connect with audiences captivate people as much today as they ever did.

She and her then husband, Sherm Feller – he eventually became the public address announcer at Boston’s Fenway Park and a prolific composer – hosted a radio show called “A Feller and A Girl.” He did most of the announcing but Judy won renown for her singing. And she gained even more fans as she performed on an early show for children along with co-star Carroll Spinney; he soon grew feathers and became the legendary "Big Bird." Multi-talented, Judy also produced more than 30 recordings including the classic "I'm a Little Tea Pot."

You can read more about Judy’s career at

Charlie Mosbrook

Throughout his music career, Charlie Mosbrook has always worked to build a strong connection with his audience. His powerful baritone plus his expert guitar playing gave voice to that commitment when, as a young man, he sang original folk songs on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern United States.

And he remains true to it today as he travels across the country often by train, spreading the social justice message his music delivers. A spinal chord injury Charlie suffered during 2010 has limited his mobility but it has not dampened his spirit; in fact, it has made him more determined than ever to share his talent.

Earlier this year, Charlie's song "Remember Who We Are" was selected as the 2nd place winner of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival songwriting contest. He has been invited to perform that composition on the main stage of that event in Okemah, Oklahoma.

Charlie’s website is


July 4, 2018 Show

Dr. Donna Halper

can claim bragging rights as being both somebody who helped to mold history as well as somebody who published books about it. While still in her 20s, she held an administrative position at the Cleveland-based WMMS, an earlier adapter of a rock and roll format.

And then decades later, she later gained renown as the author of six books and numerous articles. Her most recent book is a newly revised and expanded second edition of Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting, published during March 2014. She was previously the author of Boston Radio 1920-2010, which tells the story of Boston radio in words and pictures, which was published during 2011.

Donna currently teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; her areas of expertise are media ethics, media stereotypes, and social history. She has also worked as an advocate for an adult with autism, a mentor, a tutor, and a Big Sister.

Her website is 

Jay Westbrook

when his political passions were fueled when as a child his family lived in several different Southern states – Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Florida – and he had ample opportunity to see a broad scope of the American landscape. And then years later when he moved to Cleveland, Ohio Jay put his fervor into action; he helped to form Ohio Public Interest which is now Ohio Citizens Action.

Eventually, his activism led to his being appointed to Cleveland City Council. The Council President, George Forbes, with whom Jay had strong political differences managed to block that appointment. But Jay was eventually elected to council and even ended up serving as its president.

After more than 30 years serving on council, however, Jay decided that it was time for him to utilize his talents in a different venue and he is now working as the Special Projects Manager of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute This organization seeks to promote responsible land use both in Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County.

Its web site is 


June 6, 2018 Show

 Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci

Medical students generally spend much of their time in the classroom, in laboratories or studying on their own. But Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci, Professor and Director of Geriatrics Education and Research at the Maine-based University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) designed and implemented two initiatives that take them out of these accustomed environments.

These projects immerse medical students and other health professions students into acute care hospice homes and nursing homes so that they walk in the shoes or propel themselves in the wheelchairs of others to better empathize with what their patients and family members are feeling, working against a trend whereby medicine has become depersonalized and technology driven.

Students who participate in the “Learning by Living Nursing Home Immersion Project” are admitted into a nursing home by Dr. Gugliucci so they can then live the life of a resident for approximately two weeks – 24/7, receiving both a diagnosis and standard care procedures. And students who take part in the 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Project reside in an 18 bed acute care in-patient hospice home for 48 hours; sleeping in a bed where many others have died, but instead of being recipients of care the students are working with the hospice staff to provide Inter-professional care for patients, support for family members and post mortem care after the patient dies.

You can read more information about Dr. Gugliucci’s work at this

Paul Sobel

In responding to AARP surveys, at least 90 percent of the respondents indicated that they want to remain in their own homes as they age. And Virtual Villages are designed to make it easier for them to age in place by returning to the neighbor helping neighborhood model that was the norm in America during previous decades. Earlier this year, Paul Sobel was instrumental in establishing Village in the Heights which serves several Cleveland, Ohio suburbs.

The virtual village idea was born in 2001 in Boston, when a group of residents got together to form the Beacon Hill Village. Now, according to the Village to Village Network website, there are 200 open Villages and more than 150 in development stages scattered throughout the country.

Earlier this year, Paul Sobel was instrumental in establishing Village in the Heights which serves several Cleveland, Ohio suburbs. He has long worked on aging issues. His organizations website is


May 16, 2018 Show

David Nassaney

During 1996, David Nassaney’s wife, Charlene, suffered a massive stroke that left her with severe speech and mobility impediments. In time, however, thanks to her strong faith and determination, she became able to resume many of the activities that had filled her life before she experienced this trauma.

And David also found that he could challenge himself in new ways as he became committed to supporting others who were also serving as caregivers for loved ones. He began hosting a podcast plus a weekly radio show called “Dave, the Caregiver’s Caregiver, Avoiding Burnout.”

And he also became a best-selling author. His third book is It’s My Life Too! Reclaim Your Caregiver Sanity by Learning When To Say “Yes,” and When To Say “No” a volume he has marketed by appearing on more than 25 morning shows.

David has, likewise, formed a support group which members can join through his website  and grants them 24/7 online support, live weekly calls and practical solutions to the problems they are facing.

 Debra Muzikar

“Autism” defies any effort to define it 25 words or less. And that is the case because that term applies to a very wide spectrum of social and communication challenges, repetitive behaviors, sensory hypersensitivity that might not be typical of the public as a whole. However, as the Art of Autism is fast to point out people who are diagnosed as being “autistic” might have their real challenges but they also have unique strengths and sensitivities.

And to make people aware of that fact The Art of Autism is committed to providing a showcase of blogs, gallery art and films through its website and events. It also seeks to foster independence and self-esteem among its participants, as it encourages them to develop new skills and monetize their artistic and other efforts. It was formed during 2005 and its website attracts 2700 visitors daily. Debra Muzikar was a co-founder of this group.

This organization’s website is 


May 2, 2018 Show

Jalaja Bonheim

Circlework has the power to create sanctuaries where participants experience healings as they openly discuss abuse or other pain they have long kept hidden. More than anything else, they enjoy authentic intimacy, a life enhancing closeness that might not be available to them elsewhere. Joining in activities that grant them a greater awareness of their physical and spiritual selves encourages them to think with their hearts rather than with their heads.

Jalaja Bonheim is one of the one of the world’s foremost experts in the use of circle gatherings to empower and heal participants. The founder of the Institute for Circlework, she has trained hundreds of professionals to become Circlework leaders and she has even led groups that included both Palestinian and Jewish members. Her new book – The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower Themselves – details in depth the essentials of this practice.

Jalaja’s web site is


April 18, 2018 Show

Lynda Shrager

Subtle differences in their behavior have gradually become less subtle over the years. They might not be walking with the same sprightly gait they once did. Or, newspapers might be beginning to pile up on their front steps. So, you have become convinced your parents are having trouble managing their affairs, and that realization worries you.

However, you dread having what might be termed the talk, a frank discussion about the fact that they need some help. That is where Lynda A. Shrager’s book – Age In Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s House – will come in handy.

Lynda’s newspaper column, Mom’s RX, has appeared in countless newspapers across the country, and she is a featured columnist for Everyday Health, one of the country’s leading health websites. She has practiced in the medical field of geriatric rehabilitation for more than 37 years.

Her website is 

Rick Shapiro

The individuals whom Rick Shapiro interviewed for his book Hope Never Dies: How 20 Late-Stage and Terminal Cancer Patients Beat the Odds might not think of themselves as being anything special. But they did manage to accomplish something that is almost by its very definition miraculous. They survived a diagnosis of terminal cancer. And the fact that some of them are still thriving years after they received this dire diagnosis remains noteworthy in the extreme.

A health crisis led Rick to write this book. During 2001, the results of many tests led his doctors, who suspected he might have cancer, to suggest that he should have a liver biopsy. But instead of following this suggestion, he drastically transformed his nutritional habits, consuming mostly plant-based foods and freshly made veggie juices. And within a relatively short period of time his body showed no evidence of liver disease.

Rick's website is


April 4, 2018 Show

 Kathy Hatfiel

An AARP survey concluded that nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, being able to age in place. And numerous other surveys have replicated these results. However, saying that you want something and being able to make it a reality are often two different things. So, people often have to move into an institution, even if that arrangement was hardly their first choice.

But times have changed and today’s nursing homes are not necessarily the sort of impersonal places that they have often been envisioned as being. Efforts are ongoing to make these institutions more homey, not to mention more sensitive to individual needs or desires.

Kathy Hatfield is proud that she has been a part of that effort. She was instrumental in establishing the North Carolina-based Almost Home Group which administers three homes in that state. Her organization’s web site is  .


March 21, 2018 Show

Garry Berman

These days it is almost hip and trendy not to own a television – or for that matter, a radio. Computers and mobile devices that can stream pretty much everything have made this technology obsolete for some people. However, things were very different when the Baby Boomers, folks born right after World War II, were coming of age.

Televisions and radios, bulky as they might have been at that point, were front and center during that historical juncture. They blared during times when entire families were gathered together in their living rooms and during times when teens journeyed out on their own. And Garry Berman has made a career out of writing about these cultural happenstances; the Beatles and comedians such as Ed Wynn remain an ongoing fascination for him.

Garry has also written in collaboration with Kelly Marie Thompson, a native of South Shields, England on comedy scripts and on a book From Me To You.  His web site is

Molly McMahon

Molly McMahon Graziano is a founding member of Ohio End of Life Options.

Its web site is

As is the case elsewhere, Americans have traditionally been reluctant to even discuss, much less to legislate, end of life issues. However, all of that is beginning to change as witnessed by the fact that five states – Oregon (1994/1997) Washington (2008), Vermont (2013), California (2016), Colorado (2016) - and Washington D.C. (2017) now have Death With Dignity laws.



March 7, 2018 Show

Kathy Hatfield

Nursing homes are often perceived as being insensitive to individual needs, the last place in the world you would want to spend your declining years. But, as it strives to live up to its name, the North Carolina-based Almost Home Group has long worked to prove that these facilities can be reconfigured to offer more personalized care. The three homes it administers are not only welcoming and homelike but also committed to benefiting residents by keeping them as mentally and physically active as possible.

Kathy Hatfield’s life underwent a major change during 2004 when she became the major support for her father who was then in the middle stages of Alzheimer, a condition that he would live with for 12 years. As she nurtured him through his journey, she quickly learned that there is an acute need for facilities that can properly care for people with memory loss. What she discovered led her to form the Almost Home Group, whose web site is 


February 21, 2018 Show

Mark Cheplowitz

At the end of the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” the wizard is exposed as being nothing but a charlatan hiding behind a curtain. As he produces extravaganzas for the Wizard of Ahs, however, Mark Cheplowitz prides himself upon taking an approach very much the opposite of the one the wizard assumed. While that creation of Hollywood was obviously trying to pull a ruse on Dorothy and her friends, Mark works to ensure that his shows are much more than just smoke and dagger routines lacking in substance. He considers himself to be an educator as well as a showman, as he helps people come to feel awed by the nature of the event they are attending.

Over the last 35 years, Mark has produced events for NBA All-Star Game and championship festivities and MLB All-Star and World Series events. He has also produced numerous musical stadium concerts, featuring entertainers such as Aerosmith, Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin.

The Wizard of Ahs' web site is

Dale Picard

Some of the canines that are trained through East Coast Assistance Dogs work as service dogs for clients who have a broad variety of challenges, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, Vertigo, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or Spinal Cord injuries. Others, meanwhile, become facility dogs as they find their callings in hospitals, nursing homes court rooms and many other locations where they support distressed individuals. No matter where they might end up working their magic, however, all of these animals have one thing in common. Because they have an abundance of patience and love they are often able to support people in ways that another human simply could not.

Lu Picard and her husband, Dale, formed ecad more than 30 years ago, coming to this venture with considerable experience at administering businesses. This organization currently has facilities in both New York and Connecticut and has placed animals in 12 different states. Web site is


February 7, 2018 Show

William Pullen

 Fitness enthusiasts often claim that you have to engage in very strenuous workouts to gain any tangible results. But, at least as Psychotherapist William Pullen describes it Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) takes a much gentler approach. It maintains that virtually any form of exercise has the power to guide us out of emotional pain as long as it is practiced with mindfulness and it can become particularly valuable when combined with talk therapy.

William maintains that DRT can benefit a large hare of the 18.1 million American adults who are afflicted with anxiety, even if their fitness level is far from optimum. By his accounting, far too many of them are turning to therapies – pharmaceuticals, talk therapy – that often prove ineffective over time.

More information about DRT can be found in William’s book Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low Mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression . His web site is

Noreen Renier

Police officers generally conduct criminal investigations by collecting hard evidence – cell phones or even a few strands of DNA left behind at a crime scene. On the other hand, however, psychics almost by definition rely upon their intuitions when attempting to crack a challenging case. So, it would seem logical to conclude that two will never find themselves working harmoniously as a team, but Noreen Renier has long attempted to disprove that assumption.

A well-known psychic detective, she has worked on over 600 unsolved cases with city, county, and state Law Enforcement Agencies. Yet, she strongly believes that psychic like herself should only be brought in as a last resort when professionals using more traditional methods have hit dead ends in their efforts to untangle difficult cases.

Noreen’s web site is  And she discusses her career which has had its share of successes – not to mention more than a few controversies in her book “A Mind for Murder.”