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Debby Waldman Encore — “How Covid-19 and Power Tools Helped Heal My Relationship With My Son”

Special Episode for Suicide Prevention Week:
Debby Waldman is a writer and ex-pat American who has lived in Edmonton, Alberta, since 1992. We were knitting buddies in New Haven, Connecticut in the mid-1980s when she was a newspaper reporter there, but we lost touch until recently, when a mutual friend sent me her New York Times essay, “How Covid-19 and Power Tools Helped Heal My Relationship With My Son”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/well/family/depression-suicide-covid-woodworking-canoe-cutting-boards.html

The essay is in part about how the pandemic gave her a chance to pursue a long-time dream, to learn woodworking, but it’s also about another step in her journey to understand and come to grips with her family’s legacy of mental illness. She has recently completed a draft of a memoir about the effects of the secrets and silence that surrounded the suicide of her father, a Reform rabbi, when she was 13. Learn more at https://www.debbywaldman.com/.

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Frank King Encore — From Comedy Writer to Suicide Prevention Speaker and Trainer

Special Encore Episode for Suicide Prevention Week:

Frank King was a writer for The Tonight Show for 20 years. But these days he’s helping prevent suicide.
Depression and suicide run in Frank’s family. He was just a young boy when his grandmother committed suicide, an image that’s seared into his mind. He’s thought about killing himself more times than he can count. He’s fought a lifetime battle with Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Suicidality, turning that long dark journey of the soul into five TEDx Talks and sharing his lifesaving insights on mental health awareness with associations, corporations, and colleges. Find out more about his work at TheMentalHealthComedian.com. And Check out Mentalhealthfirstaid.org and NAMI.org to learn more about suicide prevention.

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Toby Younis and Shelley Carney — Helping Encore Entrepreneurs Make Sense of Technology

Toby Younis and Shelley Carney are encore entrepreneurs at AGK Media Studio. Their mission is to help other encore entrepreneurs master the technology necessary to produce live stream video, podcast episodes and blogs all at the same time so they can achieve visibility and credibility in the online marketplace. Find out more at: http://agk-media.com.

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Eleanor Lerman — Award Winning Writer Tackles Caregiving a Sibling with Alzheimers

Have you ever wondered what would happen if one of your family members developed Alzheimers, and unexpectedly came to live with you? Acclaimed author and poet, Eleanor Lerman, just published the book “Watkins Glen” which examines this very situation.

At the heart of “Watkins Glen” is the story of Susan, a woman in her sixties, who reluctantly finds herself having to take care of her estranged older brother, Mark, who has developed Alzheimer’s. Susan is living in Watkins Glen, a town in upstate New York, where she takes her brother to live—temporarily, she thinks. In the throes of his illness, Mark has developed a rare but well-known symptom of dementia called Acquired Artist Syndrome, whereby people who have never even thought about painting suddenly become obsessed with the art. Find out more about Eleanor Lerman at https://www.eleanorlerman.com/

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Stephanie Raffelock — “Creatrix Rising: Unlocking the Power of Mid-Life Women”

In “Creatrix Rising: Unlocking the Power of Mid-life Women”, Stephanie Raffelock lays out through personal stories and essays the highlights of the past fifty years in which women went from quiet strength to a resounding voice. She invites us along her own transformational journey by providing probing questions for reflection, so we can flesh out and bring to life this new archetype within ourselves.
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Written in the spirit of Women Who Run With the Wolves, “Creatrix Rising” gives context in which to place the great, creative surge that women of later years are experiencing personally and collectively. The Crone is replaced by the new archetype of Creatrix, now morphed from the ugly old witch of the forest into the shining inner guide of Creatrices everywhere. Find out more at https://www.byline-stephanie.com/books

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Antonia Rolls — When Your Family Member is Addicted

Behind every addict, there is at least one person traumatized by loving them. Antonia Rolls’ ongoing art project asks both the addict and the person who loves them to say something about how they are coping. Rolls paints portraits of each sitter and writes what they say on the actual painting. She paints each person as an angel or a saint, or at least a divine person, something to do with the dark and the light, the heaven and hell of addiction. Find out more about this touching project: https://antoniarolls.co.uk/

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Dr. Marcus Ranney — International Champion of Wellbeing, Humanitarian

Dr. Marcus Ranney is an international champion of wellbeing who has recently been directly involved in the fight against COVID in India. His philosophy centers around enhancing the positive aspects of health rather than focusing solely on disease. Ranney’s research has taken him to the sides of Everest, skiing in the Arctic and the European Alps, and he has served as a medical officer in the Royal Air Force and at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He’s recently authored the book “At the Human Edge” which looks at human physiology and extreme sports. He is a keen athlete and marathon runner, holding a Guinness World Record for backwards running. Learn more at www.humanedge.co or through his social media handle – docmranney.

Olivia Bareham: Taking Back Funerals from the Funeral Industry

Olivia Bareham is the founder of Sacred Crossings, a Los Angeles based funeral home specializing in green, environmentally sensitive products and after-death care practices. They specialize in home funerals, green burial, full-body sea burial, direct cremation, witness cremation and celebrant services. The home funeral allows family and friends to care for the body of their loved-one at home, in their own time honoring cultural and religious traditions. Find out more at SacredCrossings.com.

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Carol Giuliani — Expert Travel Companion for Seniors

Carol Giuliani loves to travel and is a whiz at planning and executing trips by air or car, all over the world. She also has decades of caregiving experience and worked as an attorney and professional fiduciary, managing the finances of seniors for many years. Six years ago, she combined her talents to create Senior Travel Companion Services to help seniors safely and comfortably get to their desired destinations. Since then, she has planned and executed over 60 trips for people with mental and physical disabilities, including dementia, Parkinson’s, vision loss and other obstacles or concerns that have hindered their ability to travel alone or with groups. Find out more at SeniorTravelCompanionServices.com.

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