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12-29-10 Show

Meg Corrigan

Author, and  Motivational Speaker

Meg  is the author of Then I am Strong: Moving from  My Mother's Daughter to God's  Child. The story chronicles Meg's existence with her alcoholic mother, her codependent father, and her over-responsible sister.  After surviving a rape at gunpoint, Meg turned to God.


Leonard Simone

American living in Thailand

 Leonard has been working and living in Southeast Asia since 1992, designing and manufacturing jewelry for various markets around the world.  
Leonard is going to tell us why an American from New Jersey decided to live in Thailand and how he was in Vietnam when it first opened up to Americans in 1993-1994

Ty Brown

Ty was on Ali's season of the Bachelorette and is now "livin" his dream as a country singer with a really cool new CD out!!!







12-22-10 Show

Valerie Frankel

Valerie Frankel is a bestselling novelist and an award-winning journalist. She's written twenty books (e.g., The Accidental Virgin and The Girlfriend Curse), and contributed to dozens of publications including the New York Times, Self, Allure, Glamour, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. Her memoir, Thin Is the New Happy, about overcoming bad body image after 30 years of dieting and self-loathing, was recently described as "Rueful, zestful and surprisingly funny," by the New York Times. Recently, Val co-authored "Men Are Stupid . . . And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery" with the legendary Joan Rivers.


David Nghiem

Adventurer, Author,  Biomedical/Space
Engineer with NASA, MIT, Boston University.

Dave's book, Jackfruit is based on his expeditions as  he cycled through ten
countries for 300 days ~ 2000 miles through Peru, Bolivia, Central
America, and Mexico. On his second expedition he cycled 3729 miles between Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.






12-15-10 Show

Don Shapiro

Don Shapiro is the author of the book in the making “Life Is A Fork In The Road” about following our inner wisdom to make better choices. He is collecting real life stories and insights so he can discover core truths about how we can listen and trust messages of guidance we receive from within us and beyond us. This book project has already attracted over 16,000 fans from 155 countries on Facebook

For 25 years, Don Shapiro has been president of First Concepts Consultants, Inc., a management and marketing consulting practice ( ). He applies the same research methods he uses with his clients to look for common patterns from the stories and insights he is receiving for the book. Don has been a public speaker for over 40 years and speaks about Life Is A Fork In The Road as well as his discoveries on organizational success. A curious nature, a passion for uncovering what causes things to happen and a creative spirit have driven him from childhood to today.


Kim Barnouin

"SKINNY BITCH: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook

Kim Barnouin is the co-author of Skinny Bitch, a book that has been a New York Times bestseller for over two years and has sold more than 2 million copies and has been translated into 23 languages.  Since penning the first tough-love manifesto, she has followed up with four more books in the Skinny Bitch series.  Her "Healthy Bitch Daily" blog (, launched in 2009, delivers advice on food, fitness, sex, money, shopping, and more.  Kim holds an MA in Holistic Nutrition.  She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, CA.  Kim's SKINNY BITCH:Ultimate Everyday Cookbook of Crazy Delicious Recipes that are Good to the Earth and Great for Your Bod on sale now Running Press.








12-8-2010 Show

Emily Cavins  

Author, Developer of Great Adventure Kids, and Holy Land Tour Host

Emily's book  online

Emily is the author of My Heart Is a Violin: The Autobiography of Renowned Violinist/Composer and Holocaust Survivor Shony Alex Braun and co-editor of Amazing Grace for Mothers. She is the developer of the “Great Adventure Kids” bible study materials that center around teaching children the plan of salvation history and based on her husband Jeff’s The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation bible study available through Ascension Press. Emily and Jeff lead annual pilgrimages to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and to Greece, Turkey and Rome. Emily has written “Family Night” which brings the Sunday bible readings alive with activities, snacks and discussion questions, found at She is currently a student at the University of Minnesota finishing her degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archeology. She has participated in several archaeological digs in Israel. Emily is the proud mother of three daughters, Carly, Jaki and Antonia. One of her favorite hobbies is traveling with her husband of over thirty years, Jeff Cavins.



Toni T. Branner,

M.A.  Professional Speaker/Exercise Physiologist/Author/Wellness Consultant 

Toni T. Branner is the director of Fitness Concepts; a professional speaking and wellness consulting firm in Charlotte, NC that provides seminars on topics of anti-aging, peak performance, athletic motivation, stress management, and optimal exercise programs.  Toni is a National Marketing Director for NSA Juice Plus.  She is the fitness director for the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club where she designed unique fitness and strength programs for all ages for 20 years.

12-01-2010: Show

Janet Zappala, Emmy Award Winner, Anchorwoman and Author

Janet  Zappala is a six-time Emmy Award winner, a Golden Mike recipient, and  an
Associated Press First Place Award Winner.  She spent many years in  front of
the camera as a TV Anchorwoman for Philadelphia and Los Angeles.  She is a
Certified Nutritional Consultant and Author of My Italian Kitchen~Home-Style
Recipes Made Lighter & Healthier.  To purchase Janet's book, My Italian Kitchen,
go to



G. L. Henderson, Author, Radio Personality and The King of Relationship Drama



11-29-2010: Show

Mike Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is the author of Necessary Heartbreak. He is an author and writer living in New York who graduated from St. John's University. Michael hosted several news and sports radio shows on WGBB on Long Island, NY, and WEVD 1050AM (now ESPN radio) in New York City. He also worked on the ESPN college basketball show and contributed college and high school hoop information to Sullivan is currently working on the second book of the trilogy called The Greatest Christmas. His agent, Irene Webb (, is presently pitching the first book of the trilogy, Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness, to four movie producers. Michael has published a number of books through established trade houses, including the trivia book So You Think You're a New Yorker. In addition, he published seven sports-themed books for children through Enslow, and a volume of a children's book series through HarperCollins.


Joseph Pillsbury,

Author and Web Comic Strip Creator

Joseph Pillsbury is the author of The Prank which won the 2010 Next Generation Indie  Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.  He is also the creator of the world's  first web cartoon strip,

To purchase Joseph's book, The Prank, . 



11-22-2010: Show

Lisa Figueredo

Lisa M. Figueredo is the Publisher of Cigar City Magazine,  a Bi-Monthly publication available for subscription.  Lisa's shares her  vision, and passion regarding her blended culture, history, and family  with this motto:  Rediscover. Remember. Relive.


Stephanie Dolgoff

Stephanie Dolgoff is the author of My Formerly Hot Life (Random House). She writes for many magazines, including Self, Health and Parenting, and blogs for, as well as her own popular blog She has been a contributing editor at Real Simple and editor-at-large at Parenting, the features director at Self, and the executive editor at Glamour. Among other publications, she's written for The New York Times, the New York Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Fitness, Parents, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal. Stephanie lives with her husband and twin girls in Manhattan.


11-15-2010: Kirk DeWindt (Ali's Bachelorette Season)

Known for his level-headed approach to love, Kirk DeWindt is best know for his attempt at sweeping Ali Fedotowski off her feet on ABC's prime time show, "The Bachelorette." (Unfortunately, his attempt failed after bringing her back to meet the family). Currently residing in Minneapolis, MN, this down home midwestern boy was brought up learning how to make his own fun. Kirk is currently the owner of his own personal training business, hosts social and radio events, and fills in as a co-host on Twin Cities Live on ABC.


11-8-2010: Dave Raymond/Phillie Phanatic

 Dave Raymond, The Emperor of Fun and Games Biographical Sketch: "Fun Making Money" Moving directly from college student to campy green fur-ball, Dave Raymond pioneered the field of sports mascots with his innovative inhabitation of the world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. He was the original Phanatic, and his vision and performance skill spawned a revolution in the mascot industry, leading sportscaster and baseball analyst Tim McCarver to name the Phanatic the "best mascot in baseball" in 1993. Creating fan adoration, brand leadership and sponsorship opportunities for the Phillies and the Phanatic for 16 years catapulted Raymond into the world of character branding. As the nation's leading market consultant for character branding on and off the field, court, or in the board room, Raymond generates MoneyMakingFun™ for over 250 sports teams and companies across the nation. Providing leadership for his character branding company in Newark, Delaware, Raymond now wears the moniker of "Emperor of Fun and Games" at Raymond Entertainment Group (REG). The group offers soup-to-nuts character branding programs that develop market opportunities and plans, costumes, performer development and training, and growth management to generate maximum value from a sports or corporate character. David has become a popular speaker for marketing, PR and the "self help" industries and has been profiled by CNN, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and NPR. You can follow him on Twitter @emperoroffun and read his blogs at


11-1-2010: Jeff Cavins

  Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker and Bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way. He is the creator of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension Press. The foundational study, The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation, has enabled students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. Other Great Adventure Bible Studies taught and recorded by Jeff include Matthew, Acts, Revelation, Psalms and James. Currently over 3500 groups are using these studies in the US and other countries, and they have helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians engage in scripture in a life changing way.

Jeff is the founding host of EWTN's weekly program "Life on the Rock" as well as Relevant Radio's daily show, "Morning Air." He is author of several books including the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith and I'm Not Being Fed: The Food That Satisfies the Soul. He is also co-editor of the Amazing Grace series published through Ascension Press. His newest book Walking with God, is co-authored with Dr. Tim Gray and gives an insightful overview of the Bible. Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently the Director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a Fellow of the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Jeff resides with his wife, Emily, and their daughters in Minnesota.

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