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My Brother…My Hero – How one man’s life as a quadriplegic inspired others

In this podcast, Sheila Preston Fitzgerald finds the courage to discuss the very recent passing of her beloved brother who became a quadriplegic in a diving accident at the young age of 19. Jake Preston was a gentle giant who suffered unimaginable obstacles, only to move past his own pain and develop a life that touched and healed others.

After more than three decades as a quadriplegic, Jake passed at the age of 49. Despite all the odds against him, Jake lived a very full life. He married the love of his life, completed his doctoral education, became a sought after professor, enjoyed hunting, and sharpened his heart and mind into his greatest tools. Jake’s life and legacy is one of gentleness and faith in a God who orchestrated everything!

Blurred Lines – Words of hope from Black Lives Matter advocate AND police officer, Alisha Zellner

As a police officer and black woman, Corporal Alisha Zellner speaks candidly about what it feels like to live in two worlds. During a time in our history when outspoken advocates for change are rising up and taking to the streets, Alisha took her emotions about racial tension and demand for change to the streets…literally.

Logging 564 miles on her bike, Alisha initially set out on her own but quickly gained a group of followers who wanted to make a statement in a way that promoted mental AND physical health. Alisha chronicled her journey, while challenging followers to think beyond themselves and look back at what history has taught us.

This podcast is incredibly inspiring, due in large part, to Alisha’s positive outlook. Her message of love and acceptance is one everyone needs to hear! Alisha’s story has been picked up by magazines and radio stations across the nation. She is pursuing her Masters in Social Work, loves biking on the Colorado trails and is using her platform to create positive and lasting change. She can be found at:

Say It…but Say It With Kindness

In this latest podcast, we feature a local author whose touching work is gaining momentum and making a significant difference in others. As an educator, marathon runner and author, Tony Garcia not only shares his work but highlights the importance of words in a world that desperately needs hope right now.

Beginning with journal entries chronicling his first Boston Marathon run; Tony has evolved into a sought after writer, with a large following. His gift?.. an ability to turn words into powerful messages about difficult-to-express emotions, how we treat others and how we can honor ourselves. At times allowing an outlet for his own pain, Tony’s writings have inspired, challenged and validated many who are looking for a way to make sense of their world.

Tony has written three books, available on Amazon:
Wanna Know a Truth? A Simple Man’s Search for the Truths in His Life
Whispers From My Heart
Secrets, Truths & Whispers: Lessons from a Good, Hard Life
He can be found at:

From Strip Club to Stripped Clean!

In this powerful podcast, Aaron Bekkela talks about the difficult decision he made to leave a family business weighted with obligation and expectations to follow the pull of his heart strings. Being born into a family business that owned and operated several strip clubs, Aaron struggled with the addiction, darkness and pain that was ever-present in the industry and made the life changing decision to sell the business and see it come to life as a church and community resource center.

How Aaron’s heart led him to obtain his degree and become a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Clinical Director of a teen residential treatment center serves as a testament to the power of making decisions that ultimately change the course of not one, but many lives.

For more information about the former strip club turned church, contact the Genesis Project at: 970-682-2289 or

How to survive a narcissist when you’re just trying to survive yourself! 

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD skillfully describes the personality traits of a narcissist and the chaos they can bring to a relationship. During these unsettling times, the last thing we need is the confusion a narcissist can unload. She gives helpful tips for surviving the ‘craziness’ and how to acknowledge our need for personal boundaries. 

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD, The Relationship Help Doctor, offers urgent and ongoing care for relationships in crisis through consulting, speaking, video, and podcasting. She particularly focuses her expertise on the partners, ex’s, adult children, and co-workers of the relentlessly difficult, disturbing people she calls Hijackals®. Working with people struggling with life, death, and relationship for over thirty years in Canada and the United States, Dr. Shaler has brought hope, comfort, strength, new direction, and success to countless people who honestly believed it was impossible. Even the United States Marines have used her services!

Why do our stories matter right now? How to connect authentically with others when stress is high!

Dr. Mark Goulston discusses the power of truly “seeing, hearing and feeling” the people in our lives, especially during stressful times like the one the world is experiencing right now. What everyone needs right now is connection and Dr. Goulston’s words of wisdom offer a template for how to begin a heartfelt conversation. 

Dr. Mark Goulston is the co-creator and moderator of the suicide prevention documentary Stay Alive and has a podcast on the Mental Health News Radio Network. Originally a UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and a former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, Dr. Mark Goulston’s expertise has been forged and proven in the crucible of real-life, high stakes situations. An influencer who helps influencers become more influential, his unique background has made him an indispensable and sought after resource and change facilitator to Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs and educators across the nation. 

Chicken Soup Anyone? – Amy Newmark talks about the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series

There is power in people’s narratives and the world needs more inspirational and uplifting stories right now! Join us as we talk with Amy Newmark about Chicken Soup for the Soul. Amy is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, she has published more than 170 new books, most of them national bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today. She is also the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for enjoying a better life.

Amy is credited with revitalizing the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, which has been a publishing industry phenomenon since the first book came out in 1993. By compiling inspirational, true stories curated from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-five-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant.

When Amy and her husband Bill, the CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, are not working, they are visiting their four grown children and their grandchildren.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amynewmark and look for books and more at:

Grief and Loss during COVID 19 – What if we gave ourselves space to truly feel?

On day 60 something of quarantine to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, Shari and Jann discuss grief and the importance of allowing ourselves to “feel”. In the busyness of our lives, we often distract ourselves from feeling anything that makes us uncomfortable and the problem with that is the inevitable mental, emotional and physical ramifications that befall. During this time, we need to be especially kind and nurturing to ourselves and one way to do that is to allow the feelings to come over us, embrace them and then let them go.

Shari and Jann travel the country (when not quarantined), speaking on their book, Which Way?, mental health issues and the power of our stories.


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