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In this podcast, I offer up what has my attention as a podcast producer; in music, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and the conversations I have with others about these topics.
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My guests on this episode have got my attention for several good reasons:  I admire the environmental work they do in promoting the restoration and preservation of a natural resource in my own community of Carlsbad, California. And I’m eager to help them succeed in their mission by starting a podcast about specific aspects of the ecosystem and their role in it, like their Monarch butterfly program.  Lisa Rodman is the CEO and Samantha Richter is the COO of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. The foundation’s centerpiece is the Discovery Center, an interactive exhibit geared towards educating children about the ecology of the lagoon. Teachable subjects include flora and fauna, water conservation, aquafarming, astronomy, and Native culture. They established the Academy of Environmental Stewardship to educate the next generation of environmentalists.  A core mission of their trail walks and restoration program is to teach guests of all ages to appreciate and preserve the nature that is all around us. Other initiatives and activities include recruiting volunteers, planning events, and, of course, fundraising through corporate and individual membership programs. An example of the kind of success they can achieve: The foundation raised $8 million to eradicate a “killer algae” that threatened the viability of the lagoon. The Agua Hedionda Foundation’s podcast “Nature All Around Me” < can be found there. Contact the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation: Where: 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008Phone: (760) 804-1969Email: info@aguahedionda.orgWebsite: aguahedionda.org HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review, and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
Today’s guest Makeala Ferguson is a new friend I met on Mary Cravets Watch Us THRIVE Zoom call, which I do several times a month and where I consistently meet great people like Makeala. These calls are open and free. I suggest you join us. Makeala has almost 16 years of experience at the secondary (7 years) and post-secondary education (9 years) levels, and has successfully taught personal and professional development courses, advised high school students and adult learners, and managed general education faculty. She is currently The Pacific Institute campus trainer for faculty, staff, and students - which consists of helping people identify how their habits, attitudes, beliefs, and expectations impact performance. We cover a little bit of Makeala’s background. I ask, “Does everyone need a coach?” Makeala gives us a few examples of the clients she’s worked with. I fully disclose my gift of Attention Deficit Disorder and we discuss that a bit. I ask Makeala to let us know about a “defining moment” in her life where everything changed. Makeala shares with us how she found the support needed to get through a difficult time.  Makeala gives me a short lesson on Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology which Makeala is in school to receive a graduate certificate for. We talk about leadership roles.  Makeala leaves us with her favorite quote from Maya Angelou “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style!”   Contact Makeala Ferguson Makeala-Addell.com makeala@makeala-addell.com   HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license. ccRtjcdUqd4GBvPiX4FC
While living in New Mexico, I started podcasting in 2005 first producing Jeffery Milburns Omni Art Salon, which Jeffrey continues today with over one-quarter of a million downloads. That my friends is another Flashback Friday episode forthcoming.  In 2006 I was well on my way producing podcasts when I got a call from a friend asking if I knew Jim Terr from Blue Canyon Productions. I said I didn’t. My friend told me he was a comedian and a local New Mexican radio personality and I should have him on my show. So I gave him a call. I called him and we agreed for him to come into my studio the following Wednesday at noon. That Wednesday morning around 9 AM I got a call that went something like this: Is this Mr. Be? I said it’s John. The voice on the other end introduced himself as BuDDy a good friend of Jim Terr. He explained that Jim couldn’t make that date and had suggested he come instead. I said Okay. BuDDy went on to say… Mr. Be, you just play it straight and I’ll take it from there. The following Wednesday at noon, BuDDy showed up, which became the birth of BuDDy’s Old Fashioned Podcast, we just wanna be your friend, the character created by Jim Terr. Over the 36 episodes we created together, Jim (BuDDy) taught me how to use my voice with a microphone. He made me a few pop-filters for the microphones and mentored me in so many more ways. To date, this show was the most fun I’ve ever had on a podcast. What follows is my favorite episode, episode 16: A Glamourous Guest, recorded and released July 7, 2006, after the recent Fourth of July. If you go to the show notes for this episode, you’ll see the “original” show notes BuDDy wrote for the episode. Many of the links mentioned are now dead and noted. But nothing else was changed. Start of BuDDy’s original show notes for this episode (Note “English” spelling of “glamourous”) Are we putting headlines in “initial caps” like #13 or not? (Executive decision) These notes are a little extra long, allowing for the “filmstrip” if you’re able to run it down the side, though I’m not attached to the filmstrip idea since the top photo is already generally pretty small. Do whatever you want with the photos, as long as you put her best one at the top, and don’t include anything of BuDDy’s neck below where a regular shirt collar WOULD be, and please don’t use photo #1985  in which BuDDy looks toothless – thanks. God, I enjoy writing these show notes! BuDDy #16 A Glamourous Guest  BuDDy “rings in” the program with some prayer chimes thoughtfully supplied by Ms. Steph, which are sure to become a regular feature of the program until BuDDy tires of them. After letting BuDDY rattle on for a few minutes about something or other, Mr. Be announces the installation of a Listener Comment Line for BuDDy’s Old Fashioned Podcast! (now a dead link) Before they try it out, Mr. Be introduces a surprise guest, the lovely actress, and video editor Kate VanDevender of Albuquerque and New York City. That’s right, New York City! (we don’t mess around here on BOFP). BuDDy is dazzled into near-speechless awkwardness but quickly recovers to suggest they listen to the comment line, which in fact contains only one crackly “test” comment from BuDDy. Mr. Be gamely suggests that listeners start phoning in their comments and questions anyway, but BuDDy suggests a more conservative approach of ironing out the bugs first, and there it stands for now.  Anyhow, our Miss Kate talks of her acting career, including her upcoming role in a comedy called “Sealed for Freshness” in New York. BuDDy offers his expertise on “burping” Tupperware. She also talks about her video editing business, ImagineEdit (now a dead link), wherein she prepares “demo reels” for actors. (Kate’s own “reel” is included there!) BuDDy, not surprisingly, mentions his inclusion on the Forbes Billionaire List. Kate also talks about her participation as an editor for the short film, “Eddy Ray”, in the upcoming Duke City Shootout (now a dead link) in Albuquerque. BuDDy mentions that the podcast has been heard in such exotic locales as Canada, Denmark, Germany, the UK (formerly England), and Yugoslavia (formerly something or other), according to our podcast “stats” (statistics). BuDDy also wishes out loud that we could get in a fresh supply of our podcasting essential, Marsha Mason’s Throat Therapy Spray (now a dead link), for ourselves and our guests. We play a rockin’ cut by last week’s guest, Rick Mena, called “I Failed The Lie Detector Test,” from his self-titled (or “eponymous”) CD called, not surprisingly, “Rick Mena.” BuDDy sings a joyous song called “Another Heterosexual Wedding (Here in Santa Fe)”, accompanied by Mr. Be and Miss Kate, and explains that the song was actually written and performed for an actual heterosexual wedding here in Santa Fe! BuDDy reminds us that he’s not trying to stir up any controversy, and simply wants to be our friend. Another ring or two of the prayer chimes, and we’re outta there! Contact Jim Terr JimTerr.com BlueCanyonProductions.com Jim Terr on Facebook HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
If you want to be a better writer, this episode is for you. My guest Dave Herndon is an accomplished non-fiction editor and writer, with nearly 40 years of experience at quality newspapers and magazines. We asked him for a few writing tips, which turn out to be good advice for delivering information and storytelling regardless of medium or platform. Dave stresses the importance of outlines, so here’s a somewhat shrunken version of his outline. Ask yourself the most important question: Who cares?  What’s your story in a nutshell? How are you going to tell your story?  DO AN OUTLINE! Identify key elements of story: The lead/intro; the nutshell; the body; scenes, characters, quotes, key info, etc. Herndon refers to a famous example in this outline, Gay Talese’s storyboard for a famous profile of Frank Sinatra. And here’s the final piece, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold. Write like a craftsperson--assemble the pieces as you outlined them--and let the art take care of itself, in the process of rewriting/self-editing. Take it from the likes of Tom Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway: set a reasonable quota for a day, and stop hard when you reach it. Wolfe set himself a quota of 1,000 words a day. That doesn’t mean you have to. The next day, self-edit the stuff you wrote the day before and pick up in the midstream. Herndon referred to two examples of craftsmanship that represent solutions to different interviewing/writing problems. He wrote a piece about Ted Turner, A Turning Point in Turner Country, but only had 20 minutes with TT. See how he deployed a scant inventory of quotes to create the impression that Turner himself is helping to tell this story. Another piece had the opposite issue: Herndon had lots of access to the subject--who died while he was writing it. So the story had to change in mid-process, with the stakes raised considerably. The piece is titled, The Voice of the People, about Andy Palacio. Links Mentioned In This Episode Gay Talese Outlines His Famous 1966 Profile “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” on a Shirt Board Frank Sinatra Has a Cold A Turning Point in Turner Country The Voice of the People Insight Meditation (Vipassana) Kate Reynolds, The Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness Kelle Rae Oien, International Nia Teacher & Trainer Contact Dave Herndon Herndon-at-Large.com herndonatlarge@gmail.com  HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
Dare To Thrive - Monday, July 13th, 2020. How to let go, get unstuck, re-connect to source, and experience happiness and abundance in every area of your life. Click here to sign up and attend for FREE! I first met Mel Robertson from De-Cluttering Spaces at a networking mixer in 2016. After experiencing her clarity, obvious presence, and knowledge of the subject, I brought her on Alternative Health Tools podcast April 5, 2016, for episode 44, Mel Robertson: De-Cluttering Spaces And Becoming A Happiness Seeking Missile. This episode continues to be one of the top 3 episodes on that podcast since 2014. If you’re new to networking groups, you’ll learn a lot from this episode about possibilities and what commitment you’ll need to make with your networking group to be successful in your business. Beyond networking, Mel’s business De-Cluttering Spaces is all about getting organized from the inside out - where inside there, your happiness awaits you. Be sure to watch De-Cluttering Spaces on Desert Living with Bryan Gallo YouTube video (4:16 mins). Mel’s latest passion project is working with Voices for Children. Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Mel in fact is a court-appointed officer advocating for the children. Make sure you go to Mel's website and pick up your free copy of "The Seven Steps to Manage Overwhelm and Organize Any Space!" Contact Mel Robertson DeclutteringSpaces.com info@DeclutteringSpaces.com  Phone (619) 602-3725 HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
Ep. 4 Misogyny

Ep. 4 Misogyny

2020-06-1501:23:25

Today I’m talking with Karen Berzanski who can be found at TheLuckySoul.com, a Certified Life Coach, Pro EFT Tapping Coach, Mindset enthusiast, and trauma thriver. We’re joined by Stephanie Murphy from MesaVistaWellness.com, MA, RN, MEd, LPCC, ATR-BC, and Art Therapy Supervisor. All three of us have wanted to have a conversation about “misogyny.” Here it is. By the end of this episode, it was apparent there was more to talk about - in upcoming episodes. What Is Misogyny? Misogyny: hatred of women - ref. Random House Unabridged Edition of the entire English language (print). Misogyny: Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. ‘she felt she was struggling against thinly disguised misogyny’ - ref. The Oxford Dictionary (online). Misogyny manifests in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, androcentrism, patriarchy, male privilege, belittling of women, disenfranchisement of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification - ref. Wikipedia I produced a podcast episode in 2007 with Stephanie interviewing Craig S. Barnes, the author of "In Search of the Lost Feminine.” That interview is included at the end of this episode. A notable definition from Stephanie and the book: “Marriage - an institute created by men to harness the power of the next generation.” This episode started out when I asked Karen if she had heard Stephanie’s interview with Craig. What follows in the conversation unfolds from that question. Books In Search of the Lost Feminine: Decoding the Myths That Radically Reshaped Civilization by Craig S. Barnes Untamed by Glennon Doyle Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex by John Gray. Mentions “Trust is earned in the smallest of moments.” ~ Brene Brown   “A powerful woman is the same wherever she goes.” ~ Yama Vanzany Marianne Williamson 2020 presidential campaign - Wikipedia Kali, the great creator, and the terrifying destroyer - Ancient History Encyclopedia Contact Karen and Stephanie Karen BerzanskiTheLuckySoul.com Stephanie MurphyMesa Vista Wellness HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
This episode was recorded on October 16, 2019, before the pandemic while Tracy and Laurie were visiting me here in San Diego. This is the 2nd of two recordings we did while they were here. Go back to episode 2 and listen to “Medical Tourism” to find out how you can get all your medical needs met at a fraction of the cost you’d spend here in the states while traveling the world having fabulous vacations - all expenses included for twenty-five dollars a day, $750 a month! Laurie has a background in biofeedback and using TENS units. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Tracy loves the expression “Same Same but Different” and describes himself “today” as someone who’s been on his “soul tour” for the last 15 years. We then pick up the conversation from episode 2 on “Medical Tourism” and talk about how to travel the world cheaply and,  Notable Quotes We exist within our conversations. We live there. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Courage doesn’t exist in the absence of fear. When you’re talking about your success, people don’t want to hear it was easy. They want to hear it was hard. They want to know what you pressed through. They want to know what were your obstacles. Because that’s what’s relatable. If you did it. Maybe I can do it too. Success leaves clues. Using stop-overs is a lost art. As we travel outside the US, we become better people.  Don’t be a tourist. Be a traveler. Don’t be afraid to accept help. Be respectful when you travel. Respect people’s model of the world. Those that walk out of their door, is half-way of getting there. Travel now. There are windows in life. When you travel, it breaks up the trance of life. You go from mindless to mindful. All The Links Google Flights Scotts Cheap Flights Matrix - ITA Software by Google Matrix Flights: Find Great Flight Deals The Flight Deal Workaway Pub Street Spider Man on YouTube Rick Steves’s Europe Rick Steves on PBS Contact Tracy and Laurie A Trance To Travel website HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
Topics Tracy and Laurie introduce each other. How Tracy and Laurie met: best friends first. Engaged before the first kiss. Back-packing around the world for four-years in 23 countries. Low airfares and traveling on $25 a day each. $50 a day. Couch surfing is about relationship first and also saving money. Workaway.org What is Medical Tourism? JCI accreditation. The best places to go for medical attention. Getting to your destination cheaply. The problem with healthcare in the United States. Commercials, advertising, and the “trance of normalcy.” Whitecoat hypnosis. The best example of hypnosis: context and intent. George Burns, he had a future to live into. Tracy’s mindful quote: “Whatever I do, I’m trading a day of my life for it. Look for fun. Look for play. If we can elevate our mood, we can lengthen our life.”  Contact Tracy and Laurie Krauthamer ATranceToTravel.com MyQuantumConnections.com HELP US SPREAD THE WORD We’d love it if you’d please share #WhatHasMyAttention with your twitter followers. Click here to post a tweet! If you want to let other people know about this episode, head on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave us a rating, a review and subscribe! WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
John Victorino's company BeaconSEO.com offers Carlsbad, California businesses organic SEO consulting and Facebook Advertising services that will increase the visibility of a website across all major search engines by utilizing proven strategies that drive qualified customers to your website and increase sales. Beyond his business, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is his passion. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Eye contact. What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? A grappling sport. With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, when you get your opponent on the ground, you have the advantage. It doesn’t really matter how big or strong you are. There are certain physical laws that just work. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu humbles you. It’s difficult. It humbles you. How to defend yourself threatened by a gun. Repetition is the mother of skill. The history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Hélio Gracie. Victorino is a part of the Gracie Academy. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu path of the belts for adults: white, blue, purple, brown, and black belt. There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who thinks they know everything. SEO SEO is all about putting your business, your website and your properties on the most trafficked place on the internet. Which local businesses are difficult to rank high for? Which local businesses are easier to rank high for? If you’re an attorney that helps startups get going, consider spending time at MakerSpace.com or other co-working spaces where startups start. A chiropractor’s success story. A landscaper’s success story both using BeaconSEO.com. How Victorino approaches working with a new client. How long it takes to get SEO traction. Brick and motor are moving to the web. You need digital real estate. Finally, we equate with a metaphor of how SEO is like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Guest information John VictorinoGet a free SEO report at BeaconSEO.com WHAT has YOUR attention? Let us know Email Us Visit JohnBiethan.com then Podchaser to see what I’m listening to and my portfolio. My podcast page is here: WhatHasMyAttention.com  Music Credits Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
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