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This is a conversation with Marda about her backstory. A little walk down memory lane, uncovering how it all began. Read more →


Ciaran has produced a masterpiece of fiction that is full of fact, insight, story, education, and illumination. For instance, what does adoption look like in the US, compared to ... oh, say, Switzerland, where there are no shelters or strays. Where you have to take a 4-hour course before getting a dog. Where... well, watch the video and learn more about the differences between them and us and... why WE, as a country, as a dog loving community, as a society, can finally win the war on puppy mills. Read more →


I asked her how she came up with the title and she told me, "People get emotional about their work. They often get to a point where they think it's just a bunch of yuck." Well, she wants you to lean into that yuck - accept the challenge. Move on from whatever mess or disorganization is holding you back. It's exactly when your book is not matching your idea of a perfect experience, that you need to lean into it and keep working. Read more →


For now let me share this, our conversation was sort of all over the place because there was so much to talk about! We talked about individual people having talents and being put on this earth to use those talents. We talked about success and how sometimes, being silent in success, or not so flamboyant that you attract media attention, is better because you get more done. We don't all need to be in the spotlight. Read more →


Years ago, Marda Stoliar began telling Sheila about her students and their special reasons for learning to bake - from wanting to be free from society's expectations (willing to start a cultural change in their community) to desiring a way to help others, family members sometimes, become more than even they thought they could. Read more →


I wanted Kayla on Smart Conversations to talk a bit about book trailers. I met Kayla via Melanie Hicks, another Smart Conversation guest, after watching Melanie's fantastic book trailer. Read more →


Mary didn't write this book because of one bad boss. She wrote the book to impress upon leaders today, and those who would be leaders, that the command and control method is over. Today, you need to be "transformative and visionary." If you need help, get the book. If you know someone else who could use that training, get the book. Read more →


A good bit of conversation is around the paradox of story. Of how we learn the story of man vs nature and who will win. When the question is, why does either one have to 'win'? Why can't both gain and collaborate and learn to live in harmony? It's the self vs the collective good. Annette tells us how we need to accept there is no happiness without suffering.  Read more →


For Heneka, eating right, exercising, meditating, praying, and being centered are all necessary parts of her entrepreneurial journey forward. She does all of this, pays attention to all of it, because she had a serious health scare not that long ago. Read more →