August 24 2016

Back to School

very week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” --Nelson Mandela
Brigitte Jia starts off the show with styling up your school supplies. Sharpies, pretty paper, and lyrics are your best friends as you incorporate art into your daily life. Host Asya Gonzalez provides positive tips on how to prepare for back to school without procrastination plus tons of success strategies that will help school and college be really fun and rewarding. Maria Wong, Book Smart Reporter, focuses on finding a good balance between focusing on books for school and also reading for fun. Reading is influential on how one views the world, thus choosing one’s own books offers a different perspective. World Watch Reporter, Joven Hundal talks about the importance of computer science in today’s world, and why we must increase our exposure of it to K-12 students. Joven advocates for coding to be an accepted foreign language for school credits.
Good luck with the new school year!

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Alice’s Wonderful Blooming with Love

A Gardener’s Mother Muse Blooming with Love
By Cynthia Brian

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” Mother Teresa

Every artist has her or his muse, a person who inspires, motivates, and encourages creativity. Leonardo had Lisa , Quentin has Uma, Mother Teresa had God, and I credit my mother, Alice, with being my gardening artiste. From the time that I could toddle, I was following her around our expansive gardens planted for both the edibles and the pretties. When she and my dad first moved to their house built at the turn of the 20th century on the 365 acre ranch in the middle of nowhere, it was surrounded by brambles, blackberry bushes, and poison oak. Little by little she painstakingly transformed the prickly jungle into a playful park planted with a myriad of beautiful flowers, herbs, trees, grasses, fruits, and vegetables.

I can still smell the sweet fragrance of the spring soil as we tilled the plots designated as the vegetable garden. Mom would plant starts of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, bush beans, string beans, eggplant, and whatever other vegetable caught her fancy for the year. The five kids would be given seeds of radishes, beets, corn, carrots, turnips, squash, and melons to plant as we wished. Onions, leeks, garlic, and Swiss Chard seemed to be in abundance year round as did a big patch of culinary herbs-basil, mustard, chives, dill, fennel, parsley, oregano, marjoram, mints, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme. We didn’t have automatic irrigation.  All of us were responsible for daily watering, pulling hoses for long distances as Mom always did. She showed us how to plant rows, squares, circles, how to soak each plant plentifully, what to weed, and what not to touch.

We couldn’t wait until summer when the first tomato ripened. With a handful of basil, we’d bite into the juicy goodness right there in the garden. One August she grew a five-pound tomato, won a big prize, and carried it around to multiple events exhibiting its enormity to anyone interested until it rotted. Long before the trend of farm to table, my Mom cooked what was freshest and harvested that day. We only ate what was in season or, in the winter months, what we canned during the summer. To this day, I won’t eat tomatoes, grapes, or oranges out of season. Why bother? They taste like chalk. Only vine ripened fruit and vegetables have the flavor that transport me to the joys of childhood on the farm.  And what blissful days they were!

But it wasn’t only the vegetable and herb gardening techniques that she was imparting. Mom also instilled in us a wistful, playful attitude in the art of gardening. “Gardens are an extension of your personality,” she used to tell me. And her gardens were wild, fun, surprising, eccletic, and inviting. Tucked into ravines would be antique stoves with antiquated rusting teapots overflowing with succulents. When we outgrew our swing set, it was turned into a hanging pot canopy accessed by a wooden bridge over a dry creek flanked by palm trees. Gazing balls, clay piglets, and hummingbird feeders dotted the landscape.  Her favorite garden ornaments, a bargain purchase bought for her by my brother decades ago, have always been Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She decorates the garden for all of the holidays with Christmas being the grand finale-an extravaganza of sound and light rivaling Disneyland.

As an adult, our main conversations revolve around plants. We stroll together through our mutual playgrounds admiring and consulting. I am grateful for the horticultural acumen that she liberally passed along to us. Although there wasn’t a kindergarten where I grew up, I learned everything I needed to know about life in my Mother’s Garden.

What I learned from my Mother Muse:

⎫    Be an original: You can reference Pinterest, but when it comes to your own personal style, do what you love. Surprise yourself!
⎫    Don’t follow the rules: Because there are no rules in the garden except those you create yourself.
⎫    Love the birds: My Mom has hung bird feeders and birdhouses in every cranny for her feathered friends. She even has a Bird Tree. Birds eat the insects that prey on her flowers plus their melodic songs are music to her ears and their playful antics make bird watching an amusing pastime.
⎫    Encourage eccentricity: If you don’t feel happy in your backyard, no one else will either. Be playful.  Add unexpected treasures that may be another person’s trash. Capture the charm.
⎫    Share the bounty: One of my Mom’s most sacred rituals was sharing the harvest of everything we grew with everyone she knew-her doctor, dentist, priest, hairdresser, bank teller, repairman, even other famers. Be a cheerful giver.
⎫    Grow everything: It can be boring to stick to just a few specimens. Give a whirl to experimenting with the exotic as well as the mundane. Whether it’s a new breed of ever-blooming azalea, a delicate peach begonia, or a hardy lavender trumpet vine, brave the unknown.
⎫    Color Your World: Although you may start out with a strict color palette, be an artist. Volunteers revert to their original color according to Mother Nature’s whims. Enjoy the rainbow.
⎫    Provide places to relax: Gardeners work hard. Make sure to include comfortable sitting and lounging areas for you and your guests.
⎫    Believe in Magic: A garden is a lesson in miracles and magic. Embrace the whimsy and the mysterious. Have fun.
⎫    Pull hoses: You may have a drip or other irrigation system, but you’ll need the humble hose to get to every corner.
⎫    Make people happy: With her outgoing, enthusiastic personality always ready for the next dance, my Mother lights up a room, including the outdoor variety. When your table features fresh fruits and vegetables that you have personally grown, you can be certain that you are providing the highest nourishment for your family and friends, helping everyone be happier and healthier.
⎫    Leave a Living Legacy: A garden is to grow. Every garden is different reflecting the individuality of the gardener. Family is everything. Bloom with love.

Everyone who has ever experienced the gardening hospitality of my Mother, Alice, has left feeling better and happier. Let the wisdom of my generous garden guide Muse inspire you to be the best gardener possible. Thanks Mom!

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing.

Mark your Calendars:
VISIT the National Heirloom Expo, September 6, 7, 8 in Santa Rosa for the world’s pure food fair. www.theheirloomexpo.com

SHOP and save at the 10/10 sale on September 17th at Vineyard Vines, 1301 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. Customers receive 10% off their purchases all day with 10% of the proceeds benefiting Be the Star You Are!®. A reception will be held from 5-8 pm with refreshments and goody bags. www.btsya.com/events_calendar.html

ATTEND the Pear and Wine Festival at Moraga Commons on Saturday, September 24 from 10-4pm. Pick up complimentary potpourri and a new children’s book from the Be the Star You Are!® booth sponsored by MB Jesse Painting, Starstyle® Productions, llc, Lamorinda Weekly, Children’s Success Unlimited, and Michael VerBrugge Construction. Click on events at www.BetheStarYouAre.org

Read More: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1013/Digging-Deep-Alices-Wonderland.html

©2016
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August 17 2016

Mammary Mistakes, Travel Abroad Tips, On-Line Reviews

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!
If you want to keep your breasts healthy, there are a few things you need to avoid and some things you need to do. Tune in to Health Matters with Health hero, Heather Brittany for the latest from the experts.

The end of summer is a busy travel month. When you are expecting to travel abroad, a few tips will keep you safe, healthy, and financially solid.

Do you check reviews and rating sites before buying an expensive item, traveling, or going out to dine? Cynthia Brian looks at the various online review sites for authenticity and trustworthiness.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93797/mammary-mistakes-travel-abroad-tips-on-line-reviews

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August 16 2016

Talk & Communications

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

 “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but the most difficult to play.” Are you a talker? Do you know how to communicate effectively? Veteran reporter of Health Rap, Alex Pawlakos, joins hosts Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia about how important it is to communicate with your doctor. A doctor can correctly diagnose your symptoms, arrive at a conclusion and a course of treatment, but only if you TALK to him or her. In a world where actions speak louder than words, Artist Jenna Rose Simon proves that the healing act of art and the written word can speak volumes when seen through the eyes of those in need of healing. Jenna’s message is that even if you can’t change the world, you can help the life of one person. As an athlete, Reporter of Lion Roar, Katie Lyons considers talking and communicating to be one of the most important components of sports. Communication between athletes and coaches is necessary for improvement, feedback, and strategizing. Talk Back!

Bio: JENNA Rose Simon
After struggling with an eating disorder for ten years, Jenna Rose Simon began to draw concepts that she felt people weren’t understanding in her therapy, starting with her first self-portrait. It was then that Jenna discovered, with the help of her therapist, that drawing would help her and potentially others. Jenna’s sketch depicting verbal abuse went viral and was shared more than 300K times on Facebook. Simon continues to impact others through her Instagram account @gentletouchofart where she shares many of her sketches, including concept art and celebrity pieces. http://jennarosesimon.com/

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Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

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August 11 2016

Good Deeds-Get Gardening

By Cynthia Brian

Kings and cabbages go back to compost, but good deeds stay green forever.  ~ Rick De Marinis

Gardening is good for you. It rekindles our passions, arouses our senses, and keeps us in shape.  Gardening is a terrific activity for maintaining joint flexibility, bone density, range of motion, and most of all quality of life. We have to garden wisely, however, if we don’t want to be complaining about aches, pains, bug bites, cuts, and injuries, of which I’ve had more than enough to last my lifetime. Do a good deed for yourself and heed some handy, healthy tips to safer, happy gardening experience.

If you are already a gardener, you know the joys and benefits. For those who are about to begin, get ready for a strenuous workout with the music, smells, and tastes of nature.

Getting Going
1.    If you have any injuries or illnesses, like all activities, consult your physician before beginning.
2.    Choose a time of day where you can dedicate an hour or so to the task.
3.    Wear a hat, sun block, gloves, and comfortable clothing.
4.    Warm up your body with a few stretches or a brisk walk before beginning.
5.    Despite your enthusiasm, pace your work and avoid being in the same position for extended periods. For example, if you are weeding, switch to pruning after 45 minutes.
6.    Use a hand truck to move large, heavy sacks, and potted plants.
7.    Keep your feet on the ground when cutting limbs or harvest fruit. Use a ladder only when you have a spotter.
8.    Use the best tools that are strong, yet lightweight.
9.    Give your back a break. Too much twisting and bending can cause strain. Consider raised beds as an alternative if you experience back pain.
10.    Buy a wheelbarrow. It makes moving easier and saves so much time.
11.    If you like to kneel while planting or weeding, use a Styrofoam pad to protect your knees. Alternate sitting and kneeling. You can also purchase a rolling garden stool.
12.    Shake it up varying your chores to work your different muscles. Carrying, lifting, mowing, blowing, pruning, raking, sweeping, deadheading, digging, weeding, arranging, even smelling the roses all activate different muscles and senses.
13.    Take frequent breaks to avoid stiffness or tightness.
14.    Drink plenty of water to rehydrate.

Get fit. Get gardening. Get doing good deeds for you.

For Increased Health Benefits, Add These Simple Greens to your Plot
1.    Dandelion Greens: I know, everyone considers dandelions weeds but these weeds are high in vitamin A, actually ten times more than a serving of broccoli.
2.    Leeks: Rich in vitamin B folate, these onion family relatives are heart healthy, preventing blood clots.
3.    Arugula: My most favorite green, arugula provides more nitrates than spinach or rhubarb delivering energizing oxygen to the rest of your body. Maybe arugula is my secret ingredient to my exuberant energy!
4.    Bok Choy: Great for bone health, two cups of this crunchy green delivers as much calcium as half a glass of milk plus 80% of your daily requirement for vitamin K.
5.    Swiss Chard: A great source of blood balancing nutrients, Swiss Chard prevents blood sugar spikes and dips while being a top source of magnesium.

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Gardening Tips
RELAX and rejuvenate around a pond, stream, or waterfall in a garden.
VISIT the National Heirloom Expo, September 6, 7, 8 in Santa Rosa for the world’s pure food fair. www.theheirloomexpo.com
PROTECT your pet by knowing which plants are toxic to them such as daffodils, hemlock, and oleander. See a full list at www.aspca.com
CREATE mini-herb gardens in window boxes or strawberry pots. Buy four inch pots of sage, lemon thyme, basil, and parsley for a pretty and aromatic edible display.
DEEP soak trees like magnolia or redwoods especially when you see them dropping abundant leaves.
SOOTHE cuts, burns, bites, and reduce redness after too much summer sunbathing by planting the succulent aloe. Cut off a piece of the spike, squeeze out the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic gel to apply directly to your skin.
HARVEST Asian Pears, apples, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and eggplant.
ADD color to your planters with bright, perennial pelargoniums. My favorite colors are the deep maroon and bright pink.
MAKE a statement on your porch or patio by grouping urns and pots planted with pretty petunias and pansies.
PULL up a chair next to a hummingbird feeder and let the show begin as hummingbirds enchant you with their chatter, twitters, squeaks, and songs. Their hovering wings buzz, trill, and thrill.
CONTINUE to compost all of your vegetable and non-meat scraps including cabbages (no Kings).
SET a table outdoors using your favorite tableware and glasses for an upscale meal alfresco on a hot August night.

Trending in my garden:
⎫    Naked Ladies are dancing in the breeze.
⎫    Tomatoes are finally red and sweet, although most don’t make it to my kitchen. I eat most of them right off the vine with a snip of nearby arugula and basil
⎫    Deer have been deterred from my orchard and garden with fencing.
⎫    Pearl’s Premium lawn is green with some bare and brown spots, but definitely looking better this summer than any previously seeded grass.
⎫    Choke weed is invading. It spreads rapidly “choking” out the nutrients and sunlight needed for other plants to grow. It’s a constant pulling battle I wage against it.
⎫    Fluorescent pink crape myrtle trees are in full bloom, attracting hummingbirds and bees.
⎫    Incredible amounts of exercise for me as I pull hoses up and down hillsides to keep plants alive. Gardening is good for my body, mind, and soul as long as I give my back a break.

Do good deeds, stay healthy, and enjoy the summer of August.

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!
Read more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1012/Digging-Deep-Gardening-is-Good-for-Your-Mind-Body-and-Spirit.html

©2016
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
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The Gift Survival

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

“Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were.” Hosts Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia welcome Health Rap Reporter, Alex Pawlakos and Book Smart Reporter, Maria Wong as well as special guest Dr. Kyra Mesich to talk about survival. Alex focuses on the health benefits of happiness, meditation, humor, support of friends, walking in nature, and prayer as part of survival strategies. Patients that cope the best with illness are those who learn to take control of their lives and find the joys that still exist in their lives. After receiving her doctoral degree, Kyra Mesich, PsyD went on a quest to understand sensitivity from a truly holistic perspective leading her to study extensively in the field of integrative health. She is the author of The Strength of Sensitivity. She talks about surviving sensitivity to be empathetic through holistic, intuitive healing, and emphasizes the importance of listening to your inner voice. Maria shares her favorite summer read, Lily King’s novel, Euphoria, which primarily focuses on the struggle to survive by three anthropologists in the 1930’s in Papua New Guinea.  The book is suited for adults and mature teenagers ranging from 14-18 as it covers gruesome topics including brute violence and cannibalism. The standard dictionary definition of survival is the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. Maria believes that survival includes the ability to bounce back and learn something from your experiences. Trust your gut. Be a survivor.

Guest Bio: Kyra Mesich, PsyD earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1995. A quest to understand sensitivity from a truly holistic perspective led her to study extensively in the field of integrative health and write The Strength of Sensitivity. Her holistic training includes flower essence therapy, hypnotherapy, yoga, and meditation. Dr Kyra didn't know she would end up dedicating her lifelong career to empowering sensitive people, but it has been more rewarding than anything else she could imagine doing. Visit her website at www.DrKyra.com.

Listen at Voice America Kids: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93876/the-gift-of-survival

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Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2016/08/05/the-gift-of-survival-by-cynthia-brian/
Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: ! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA  August Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/e71df48634/288055965/bbd34d3431/

Have you ever bought a TV cathode screen or computer screen? If yes, please take 3 minutes to help BTSYA. Easy help. http://ow.ly/SFIHz

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites
 Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are! charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html . If you are buying gifts on line, check out http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fholidaytoylist%3Fie%3DUTF8%26pldnSite%3D1&ein=94-3333882&ref_=pe_732550_158412520
Amazon donates a % back to BTSYA with every purchase.Thanks for helping us help others.

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About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
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Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

What’s happening? Want to party? Visit our Event page: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!events/kgh2e

Talk 2: http://www.btsya.com/talk_2.html?r=20160628121151

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August 3 2016

Facing Fears, Buzz On. Essential Oils

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!
Are you having panic attacks? Afraid flying? What about giving a speech in front of a few or many? We all have fears of some kind and in Health Matters Heather Brittany will tell us how to overcome or at least manage our anxiety.

There is a symphony playing in your garden. Are you enjoying the music? Get your buzz on with pollinators and the orchestra of nature with August garden tips from Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian.

For over 6000 years people have used essential oils for healing and restorative benefits. When you inhale molecules from these plant extracted liquids, your olfactory glands send specific signals to your brain. Learn how you can use essential oils to alter your mood and well-being with Cynthia Brian.

Listen at Voice America:http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93775/overcoming-fears-buzz-on-essential-oils

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!starstyle-radio/c2414

Press Pass:  

Check out our online fundraiser:
https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860
and our "Strikingly Blog and Literacy Page” http://bethestaryouare.strikingly.com

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/bbd34d3431/

What’s happening? Want to party? Visit our Event page: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!events/kgh2e

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®
http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/

Read about our SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS: READ AT PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2015/04/23/something-to-crow-about-at-express-yourself/

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html
Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHglz05pBvI&feature=youtu.be
Embed StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio
If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you'll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
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Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

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August 2 2016

Support, Psychic, Authenticity

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

Psychic and author, Sherrie Dillard, joins host Asya Gonzalez to talk about getting support through any confrontation, situation, life journeys. In her book Discover Your Authentic Self, Sherrie shows you how to live more fully and according to your passions. Sherrie offers workshops and classes on spiritual development and spiritual healing nationally and internationally. Health Rap reporter, Alex Pawlakos offers powerful statistics on the importance of a support person for any person with an illness. People who did not have strong social support were 50% more likely to die from illness than those who had such support. A support person, keeps all of the patient’s medical appointments, monitor their blood sugar and blood pressure and most importantly, make sure that the patient takes all of their medicines in the right dosages and at the required times. The newest member of the Express Yourself!™ Radio Team, Joven Hundal brings his World Watch segment with the topic of the game that is taken the world by storm, Pokémon GO, next chapter of Nintendo’s wildly successful Pokémon franchise. The app has been widely acclaimed for encouraging fitness and offering support by requiring players to get up and walk around. Be supportive!

Guest Bio: Sherrie Dillard
Sherrie Dillard (Durham, NC) has been a professional psychic, medium, and therapist for over twenty years. She has taught intuition development at Duke University Continuing Studies, and has led workshops and classes on spiritual development and spiritual healing nationally and internationally. Explore a range of topics for self-discovery, including intuition, spiritual guidance, spirit animals, spirit essence and energy (chakras and auras), recognizing personal abilities according to archetype, living your purpose, and more with her book Discover Your Authentic Self. www.SherrieDillard.com

New World Watch Reporter: Joven Hundal
Joven Hundal is an ambitious rising 10th grader residing in Turlock, California. He enjoys combating ignorance, learning random trivia facts, keeping up to date on the current ongoings of the world, and binge-watching Netflix of course. He will offer segments entitled World Watch bringing to our radio broadcast what’s trending and important to know about around the globe. www.expressyourselfteenradio.com

Listen at Voice America Kids: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93745/the-gift-of-support

View Photos, Descriptions, & More at Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com

Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2016/08/01/the-gift-of-support-by-cynthia-brian/
Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: ! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Have you ever bought a TV cathode screen or computer screen? If yes, please take 3 minutes to help BTSYA. Easy help. http://ow.ly/SFIHz

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites <Iframe src="http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="420" height="380"></Iframe>
 Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are! charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html . If you are buying gifts on line, check out http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fholidaytoylist%3Fie%3DUTF8%26pldnSite%3D1&ein=94-3333882&ref_=pe_732550_158412520
Amazon donates a % back to BTSYA with every purchase.Thanks for helping us help others.

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

What’s happening? Want to party? Visit our Event page: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!events/kgh2e

Talk 2: http://www.btsya.com/talk_2.html?r=20160628121151

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

ACTING TIPS

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

Have you always been interested in the entertainment industry? Did you know that acting happy will change your emotions to being more cheerful? Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia interview actor, producer, writer, and coach, Cynthia Brian, who offers strategies on avoiding scams and achieving success.  Her book, The Business of Show Business, A Comprehensive Career Guide for Actors and Models is available at http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!store/c1747  and Cynthia is available as a private coach.  Eric Pawlakos provides an upbeat look at the relationship between acting and health in Health Rap. Science has proven that if we act happy, we will become happy because our body chemicals change. Career Reporter, Katie Choo gives a first rate synopsis of what it takes to be an actor. All acting is reacting, so get real and start acting as the star you are.

Book Cynthia Brian as your acting coach. Visit www.CynthiaBrian.com

Listen at Voice America Kids: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93610/the-gift-of-acting

View Photos, Descriptions, & More at Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: ! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Have you ever bought a TV cathode screen or computer screen? If yes, please take 3 minutes to help BTSYA. Easy help. http://ow.ly/SFIHz

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites
 Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are! charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html . If you are buying gifts on line, check out http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fholidaytoylist%3Fie%3DUTF8%26pldnSite%3D1&ein=94-3333882&ref_=pe_732550_158412520
Amazon donates a % back to BTSYA with every purchase.Thanks for helping us help others.

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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July 28 2016

Tampon Tax, Designing for Aging, Stop Whini

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

Over the past 20 months there has been a global movement to be more open about biological processes that for centuries have been seen as curses. Heather Brittany talks about the repeal of the “tampon tax” in Health Matters.

As America’s over 50 population rises, cities are looking at how they can best serve the aging population.  With nine to ten adults wanting to age in their homes, we’ll look at the options for successful design.

Are you a blamer and complainer? It’s time for an attitude adjustment. We’ll show you ways to find the positives in the negatives and change your inner and outer dialogue.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93560/tampon-tax-designing-for-aging-stop-whining

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!starstyle-radio/c2414

Press Pass:  
http://vapresspass.com/2016/07/26/tampon-tax-designing-for-aging-stop-whining-by-cynthia-brian/

Check out our online fundraiser:
https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860
and our "Strikingly Blog and Literacy Page” http://bethestaryouare.strikingly.com

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/bbd34d3431/

Check out our brand new radio sites for StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. PARTY!

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®
http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/

Read about our SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS: READ AT PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2015/04/23/something-to-crow-about-at-express-yourself/

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html
Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHglz05pBvI&feature=youtu.be
Embed StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio
If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you'll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
<Iframe src="http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2206" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="420" height="380"></Iframe>
Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

July 27 2016

Buzz On!

By Cynthia Brian

*I am weary of swords and courts and kings.  Let us go into the garden and watch the minister’s bees.              Mary Johnston

There is a symphony playing daily in my garden. While my husband turns on the stereo to listen to his favorite tunes, I merely open my door or window to hear the melodic concert of nature. My favorite musicians include the thousands of bees buzzing, hummingbirds bustling, birds singing, frogs croaking, water trickling, owls hooting, and crickets chirping. Sometimes the hawks or turkey vultures swoop low with the sound of their flapping wings creating a “whoosh, whoosh” like a strong base. The orchestra changes by the minute as the pollinators search for nectar that produces one out of every three bites we consume. This week as I was sitting on my porch putting on my boots, a hummingbird came to inspect the red mandevilla blooms next to me, then, rapidly moved to hover three inches from my nose for about ten seconds. It was a magical moment photographed in my mind.

With much of summer spent outdoors, I’ve had individuals tell me that they don’t like to be in their gardens because of their fear of bee bites. Honeybees, bumble bees, and other native bees are passive as they busily forage. They are not interested in humans and will only sting to defend themselves. With the thousands of bees serenading in my landscape, the only times I have been stung is when I’ve tried to rescue a bee from a swimming pool, fountain, or other water feature. (Of course, if you are allergic to bees, it’s always good to have an updated pen of epinephrine on hand.)

Yellow jackets are meat eaters. Although these black and yellow carnivorous creatures are also pollinators, they are mostly attracted to meat, fish, sugary substances, garbage, and, alas, our barbecues and picnics. Unlike bees that sting once and die, yellow jackets have the ability to sting repeatedly. If you have “bees” landing on your plates as you are enjoying a meal outdoors, you have an invasion of yellow jackets, not bees. Bees flock to flowers, yellow jackets to flesh. Find the nest and call Vector Control ((925) 685-9301), a countywide free service paid through our taxes to eradicate these pests. Yellow jackets are not music to our ears.

For the rest of the butterflies, moths, bees, and musicians, cue the conductors and buzz on! Go into the garden to enjoy the show.

Refresher Steps for Sustained Buzzing
⎫    Build a house: allow for a small pile of leaves or branches to provide shelter.
⎫    Provide a fresh water source: birdbaths, fountains, ponds, even a small mud puddle for the butterflies.
⎫    Don’t use pesticides, insecticides, or other chemicals that will kill the pollinators.
⎫    Offer a continual source of nectar and pollen by planting fennel, parsley, dill, lavender, tubular, colorful flowers, milkweed, and shrubs.
⎫    Attract a diversity of buzzers to your garden with drifts of the same plant so that they can see and smell the buffet.
⎫    Don’t be afraid of the native bees, honeybees, or our other flying winged friends. They are not interested in harming you unless they are defending themselves. Let them do their business.

Trending in my garden:
⎫    Santa Rosa plums, cherry plums, Asian pears, apples, blackberries, and tangerines are finding their way to tarts, barbecues, sauces, salads, and drinks.
⎫    Zucchini is growing as fast as the pods in Invaders of the Body Snatchers..
⎫    Wisteria boasts a second flush of purple.
⎫    Roses and stargazer lilies perfume the air and beautify my garden.
⎫    Herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, fennel, sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and tarragon) are flourishing.
⎫    Hydrangeas are finally blooming. I love putting a hydrangea in a Deckorations™ container from www.Jberrynursery.com, then planting I a shaded area when the blooms fade.
⎫    Passion lower vines are growing on my fence featuring intricate show stopping blooms.

Monthly Tips:
KEEP fruited plants evenly moist to avoid blossom end rot.
PRE-ORDER new garlic varieties for a September delivery. Four new ones that are offered by Sow True Seed (www.sowtrueseed.com) include Early Red Italian, Red Russian, Georgian Fire, and Majestic. Everything tastes better with garlic!
DRY herbs and flowers during the summer to use for infusions into homemade cosmetics, shampoo, steams, and masks.
EAT the tendrils of peas. Stir-fry or eat raw. Many unexpected veggie greens are edible including turnip, radish, and beet. Never eat the leaves of rhubarb as they are poisonous.
PINCH back annuals for a fuller display all summer.
EMPTY any vessel holding water, even as small as a bottle cap to prevent mosquito larvae from breeding. Change birdbaths daily or add Dunks to non-moving water.
DEEP soak trees like magnolia or redwoods especially when you see them dropping abundant leaves.
CHECK outdoor pots and containers daily for moisture level. Pots dry out very quickly in this hot weather.
SNIP the tops of your herbs as they flower to use in your salads and sauces.
SKEWER vegetables and fruits from your garden to barbecue on your grill. Toss the items in a bowl with olive oil, lemon, and herbs, refrigerate overnight, skewer, grill, enjoy! I use peppers, melons, plums, apples, radishes, zucchini, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
ADD pea gravel to paths for easy walking and to prevent mud run-offs in the winter.
CONTACT Vector Control if you have a mosquito, skunk, or yellow jacket problem. The phone number is (925) 685-9301.
HANG yellow jacket traps ONLY on days that you are having a picnic or outdoor event. If you have traps always engaged, you will attract more yellow jackets.

Happy Gardening! Happy Growing!
Read more with photos: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1011/August-Gardening-Guide-Dont-Tell-Bees-to-Buzz-Off.html

©2016
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Starstyle® Productions, llc
Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com
www.GoddessGardener.com
925-377-STAR
Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show at www.StarStyleRadio.net
I am available as a speaker, designer, and consultant.  

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July 20 2016

Them Bones, Some Like it Hot, Curb Your Appetite

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

There are 206 bones in our body and it’s time we learn how to take care of them. Most people don’t think about bone health until they are older and already frail. Heather Brittany helps you start now by understanding what’s good for “them bones” in Health Matters!

Baby, it’s hot outside and we gardeners have work to do.  We have to be water conscious, yet we see the bare spots in our landscape and yearn to make our personal paradise a more beautiful place. What are our options? Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian keeps you cool while getting your chores dones.

Are you an emotional eater? When you get stressed, depressed, angry, or jubilant, do you reach for a box of cookies or a bag of chips? Learn ways to curb your appetite and feel satisfied.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93385/them-bones-some-like-it-hot-curb-your-appetite

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!starstyle-radio/c2414

Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2016/07/20/them-bones-some-like-it-hot-curb-your-appetite-by-cynthia-brian/

Check out our online fundraiser:
https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860
and our "Strikingly Blog and Literacy Page” http://bethestaryouare.strikingly.com

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/bbd34d3431/

Check out our brand new radio sites for StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. PARTY!

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®
http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/

Read about our SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS: READ AT PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2015/04/23/something-to-crow-about-at-express-yourself/

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html
Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHglz05pBvI&feature=youtu.be
Embed StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio
If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you'll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
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Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
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July 19 2016

Vacations and Travel

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

It’s summer, the busiest time of the year for traveling by air, sea, car, train, bike, and other modes of transportation. Health App Reporter Alex Pawlakos joins hosts Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia for two segments to discuss the health hazards of travel. A few suggestions include packing a first aid kit, sun block, hand sanitizer, prescriptions, medical history, buy evacuation insurance, and check with the State Department web site when going abroad.  Alex also shows us where the most germs linger on airplanes and in hotel rooms such as tray tables, pillows, blankets, bathrooms, light switches, and remote controls. Use your hand sanitizer! In Art Attack, Brigitte explains how artists draw inspiration from travel sparking creativity while bringing back the sights, battles, and experiences from exotic lands. Asya talks about road trips and how they are her favorite way to travel with tips on packing, phone charging, potty breaks, playlists, and more. Take advantage of the great exchange rates, visit places you've only dreamed of, stay safe, healthy, and don’t forget the duct tape. Make memories. Happy Trails!

Listen at Voice America Kids: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93488/vacations-and-traveling

View Photos, Descriptions, & More at Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com
Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: ! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Have you ever bought a TV cathode screen or computer screen? If yes, please take 3 minutes to help BTSYA. Easy help. http://ow.ly/SFIHz

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites <Iframe src="http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="420" height="380"></Iframe>
 Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are! charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html . If you are buying gifts on line, check out http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fholidaytoylist%3Fie%3DUTF8%26pldnSite%3D1&ein=94-3333882&ref_=pe_732550_158412520
Amazon donates a % back to BTSYA with every purchase.Thanks for helping us help others.

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

July 15 2016

Best Friends Forever, Memory Boosters, Heath Equals Wealth

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

We love to have friends but did you know that people with long-term solid real friendships are happier, less stressed, and overcome illnesses and tragedies faster? Heather Brittany gives us the low down on why we want to keep up our BFF’s in Health Matters. Friends are life savers-literally!

Improve your memory and many other business and social skills improve. If you are prone to forgetting names, simple techniques will help you to remember.

Getting healthier could contribute to your bottom line financially. Learn smart ways to save more money and improve your well-being.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93353/bffs-memory-boosters-healthy-and-wealthy

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!starstyle-radio/c2414

PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2016/07/13/bffs-memory-boosters-healthy-wealthy-by-cynthia-brian/

Check out our online fundraiser:
https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860
and our "Strikingly Blog and Literacy Page” http://bethestaryouare.strikingly.com

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/bbd34d3431/

Check out our brand new radio sites for StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. PARTY!

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®
http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/

Read about our SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS: READ AT PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2015/04/23/something-to-crow-about-at-express-yourself/

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html
Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHglz05pBvI&feature=youtu.be
Embed StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio
If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you'll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
<Iframe src="http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2206" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="420" height="380"></Iframe>
Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

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July 13 2016

The Gift of Sports

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

HealthRap’s Alex Pawlakos launches the program with a discussion of interesting and rewarding careers in sports medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, and more. Art Attack Reporter, Brigitte Jia delights in sharing the connection between sports and art. The beauty of the human body which has been the subject of artworks from the beginning of time, is exemplified in sports. Host Asya Gonzalez reads the chapter from Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, The Gift of Sports, and with co-host Brigitte, talk about sports they love. Leadership and good sportsmanship are the themes for Lion Roars Katie Lyons. Sports help us learn valuable life lessons no matter what sport you
choose. Participating in a sport increases self-confidence and selfworth, builds positive body images while decreasing racism and
school drop out rates. Play ball!

Listen at Voice America Kids: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/93352/the-gift-of-sports

View Photos, Descriptions, & More at Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: ! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA July Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/22b8a33af4/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

Have you ever bought a TV cathode screen or computer screen? If yes, please take 3 minutes to help BTSYA. Easy help. http://ow.ly/SFIHz

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites <Iframe src="http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="420" height="380"></Iframe>
 Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are! charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html . If you are buying gifts on line, check out http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fholidaytoylist%3Fie%3DUTF8%26pldnSite%3D1&ein=94-3333882&ref_=pe_732550_158412520
Amazon donates a % back to BTSYA with every purchase.Thanks for helping us help others.

Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!positive-results/c8k2
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!about_us/csgz
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!programs/c21kz
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!how-to-help/c1ghi
Blog: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!blog/itv3o
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/#!contact/c1z0x

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

July 12 2016

Hot, Hot, Hot

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”
                             ~ Celia Thaxter

When it’s hot outside, I want to be in the garden.  I find it challenging to sit in my office writing articles or producing radio shows when nature beckons me to be nurturing the earth. In summer I spend several hours of every single day digging in the dirt whether it’s early in the morning or after dusk because my chores are never finished.  My gardening wardrobe usually consists of my bathing suit and shorts allowing me a quick cool down with a spray from the garden hose.  As my daughter was working in her garden in her bikini she telephoned to declare that she was carrying on our family tradition. “I realize I come from a long line of bikini gardeners, “ she giggled.  I thought of titling my next gardening book, The Bikini Gardener, but then perhaps readers would expect to see beautiful bikini clad bodies instead of gorgeous gardens. I promise not to be photographed!

Baby, it’s hot outside and we gardeners have work to do.  We have to be water conscious, yet we see the bare spots in our landscape and yearn to make our personal paradise a more beautiful place. What are our options?

Planting annuals and perennials offer the answers to filling in those areas that just never seem to seed well.  Between the turkeys, deer, and raccoons, our landscapes have many hurdles to overcome and I’m determined to continue to find ways to succeed.

Here are a few of my favorite recommendations for adding sparkle, individuality, and excitement without the extra water and work this season.

⎫    Sun loving vinca (Catharanthus roseus) crave six hours of sunlight a day and do well in extreme heat. Colors are violet, peach, white, and bright pink. Lately I’ve seen these annuals on sale at garden centers for as little as $4.50 a gallon or three for $12.00 offering a kaleidoscope of shades at bargain prices.
⎫    Lantana once established needs minimal water or maintenance. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are attracted to the highly scented flowers, although some humans find the plant stinky. The deer are repelled by lantana. Some cultivars have variegated leaves, all are evergreen, blooming all year long. Trailing lantana is terrific on hillsides and spilling out of containers or buy the shrub variety growing wide and high to three to ten feet. Multi-colors include orange, yellow, purple, pink, and white.
⎫    Looking for an easy-care container garden? Consider the Deckorations™ Collection from JBerry Nursery.  Combinations of the highest quality plants paired with stylish,functional containers make for turn-key patio prettiness. I have the lantana, azaleas, and hibiscus.  www.jberrynursery.com
⎫    Have you ever grown okra? Experiment with seeds from Botanical Interests (www.BotanicalInterests.com) These spineless productive plants boast flowers that resemble hollyhocks with pods that are full bodied and delectable, especially in gumbo.
⎫    None of the marauding animals seem to be interested in nasturtiums, making them an excellent choice when you are looking for a creeping specimen with edible leaves and flowers. Seeds from Rene’s Garden (www.RenesGarden.com) are strong and sturdy. I use the big lily pad looking leaves as wraps instead of bread and the flowers embellish my salads and plates. In the heat of summer, nasturtiums die back. Collect the seeds to plant in other areas or give away to friends. Seeds self-sow where they drop offering you another delicious and pretty crop.
⎫    Sunflowers make me happy. Their big bright cheery faces stand tall at the back of a garden reminding us that summer is in full swing. When dry, eat the seeds or share them with the birds. Combine hydrangeas with sunflowers for a spectacular cut flower arrangement.
⎫    If you want to plant a native tree that will thrive in our area with no care and even less H20 while flowering for a couple of months with fronds of creamy crape myrtle like flowers, try a California buckeye (Aesculus californic).  Buckeyes are endemic to California hillsides, creeks, and canyons. Add one or three to spice up your yard.
⎫    Roses are a-must for every garden. I am particularly fond of David Austin Roses and have planted an additional dozen this past spring. Although bare-root arrives in January or February, a rooted rose in a gallon container will thrive when planted correctly in summer. Water deeply until established and dead head the blooms regularly for a display of beauty through winter.  When you buy a quality rose, it requires little care while bolstering the drama of your garden all year. www.DavidAustinRoses.com
⎫    A natural and versatile herb, yarrow (Achillea) is actually a long stemmed member of the sunflower family. Like sunflowers, it is deer resistant!  Achilles, the Greek God unfortunately failed to paint his heel with a tincture of yarrow to make his body invulnerable to arrows. We know the rest of the story. Feathery, fern-like silver-gray leaves mark this fast growing native with flat clusters of florets in yellow, white, apricot, red, or pink depending on the variety.
⎫    Sea Holly Thistle (Ernginium) is a prickly textured plant with leaves like an artichoke.  A sun lover, as much as the bees enjoy it, the deer don’t! Use it in striking arrangements.
⎫    A jewel of a flower, Oriental wind poppies (Papaver orientale) take two years to bloom and hate transplanting, but once you sow them, you’ll enjoy them forever as they bloom from spring through summer!
⎫    Another great Asian contribution include the Asiatic lily. I prefer the deep pink variety, Lilium Speciosum. Plant as bulbs and you’ll get a happy surprise as they burst into bloom year after year.

I’m grateful for the summer and for the heat, so I’m signing off to go play in my backyard in my bikini.  Stay cool and enjoy your July family festivities. 

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing.

Read More: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1010/Digging-Deep-Warm-or-Cool-Summer-Gardening-is-a-Breeze.html

©2016
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Starstyle® Productions, llc
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July 7 2016

Helping Kids Through Tragedies, Driver’s Learning Curve, July Garden Guide

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

With increasing terrorism and horrific tragedies happening, children need answers that will soothe them. In T42, Heather Brittany offers tips for parents on how to talk to your kids about scary stuff.

As a parent copilots her teen to drive, there are easy tips to prepare the driver for a safer first time experience behind the wheel.  Remain actively alert riding shotgun and reinforce responsible driving.

With our long hot summer days, fruit, and vegetables are ripening quickly awaiting plucking for our feasts. Tomatoes have taken up the space left by harvested greens. Sprinkle lettuce seeds in the empty spaces to extend your summer, fall and winter crops.
Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian fires up the barbecue for some seasonal produce grilling and thrilling.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/92917/helping-kids-through-tragedies-drivers-learning-curve-july-garden-guide

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!starstyle-radio/c2414

Check out our online fundraiser:
https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860
and our "Strikingly Blog and Literacy Page” http://bethestaryouare.strikingly.com

Read our BTSYA June Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/d7d179ff8a/288055965/bbd34d3431/

Check out our brand new radio sites for StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. PARTY!

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®
http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/

Read about our SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS: READ AT PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2015/04/23/something-to-crow-about-at-express-yourself/

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html
Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.
For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.
Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®
Lend us Your Ears!!!
 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org

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July 6 2016

America, The Beautiful

Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!

““ Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” -inscription on the Statue of Liberty

Our Express Yourself!™ team are proud to be Americans as hosts Asya Gonzalez and Zahra Hasanian celebrate freedom of speech and living in the USA. They interview best selling author, Mary Roach with her newest book, Grunt, discussing the military life not portrayed in movies. On a daily basis, soldiers fight more esoteric battles against less considered adversaries—exhaustion, shock, panic, disease, extreme heat, cataclysmic noise, gastrointestinal distress, and assorted waterfowl. In Health Rap, Reporter Alex Pawlakos celebrates America by taking a look at medical research accomplishments.When it comes to medical innovation, the United States is the world leader.  Happy 240th birthday America. We are grateful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Roach is the New York Times best-selling author of STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, SPOOK: Science Tackles the Afterlife, BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.  Her newest book is GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War. www.maryroach.net    
She lives in Oakland, California. Video with Mary roach: https://player.vimeo.com/video/170059463

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July 2 2016

Hang Time

"Flowers and fruit are only the beginning. In the seed lies the life and the future."
        -- Marion Zimmer Bradley,

Fruit, luscious, juicy, tantalizing ripe fruit! There is no better nor satisfying delicacy than the fruit you grow in your own backyard. Whether it’s a pot or a plot, growing your own is the way to rock it! With our long warm summer days at their height, fruit and vegetables are ripening quickly awaiting plucking for our feasts. Apricots, plums, prunes, mulberries, loquats, tangelos, and tangerines are just a few of the gems hanging from my trees right now. Soon there will be mouth-watering peaches, pears, apples, guavas, nectarines, and figs. Tomatoes have taken up the space left by harvested greens, while beans, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatillos are racing to the finish line. It’s a virtual Farmer’s Market in my garden and this is exactly the way I like to eat. Every day I walk into my potager to fill baskets with crunchy deliciousness for our supper. I never know what I’ll be creating in the kitchen until I see what’s ready to harvest. 

I continue to sprinkle lettuce and arugula seeds in the empty spaces to extend my summer, fall and winter crops. My recommendation is to sow rows of bush beans, carrots, and radishes or any other vegetable every three weeks to satisfy your cravings for freshness. Remember to continue to replenish the soil with nutrient rich compost to keep productivity high.

Did you know that that average home gardener only spends $359 per year on gardening supplies and plants as reported in a study conducted by Money.com? That seems ridiculously low when you consider that growing your own tomatoes will save you an average $9.50, cucumbers $8.00, peppers $3.60, green beans $2.50, and carrots $3.50.  And that doesn’t include the spectacular taste, increased vitamins, and the fact that you actually know what you put into your soil!  When it comes to homegrown fruits and vegetables, I am a garden to table snob. The finest, healthiest, most cost efficient source of nutrients is waiting for you in the garden. Dig in!

With the barbeque season in full swing, delight guests with grilled stone fruit. Cut peaches, nectarines, or apricots in half, remove the pit, brush with olive oil and drizzle a bit of honey. Grill for a minute or two on each side. Serve with goat cheese, arugula, or as a side dish. Fresh, surprising, and oh, so delicious…a burst of sweetness with your 4th of July fare. About those pits…if you want another fruit tree, plant in potting soil in a container and watch the new life grow. It’s hang time.

Cynthia Brian’s Fresh Ideas for July

MULCH before the heat of summer begins. If you can use an entire truck-load of wood chips, tree service companies are happy to give you free chips. Mulching keeps the soil cooler while decreasing the weed population.

COMBINE arugula, mint, and sage in a food processor with a splash of olive oil and pepper for a mouth-watering variation on traditional pesto. Add the grated cheese of your choice to use over pastas, in soups, or whirled in an omelet.

HYDRATE yourself with fruits from the garden including watermelon, peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, and corn. A slice of watermelon provides you with at least ten ounces of water while a medium peach will give you five ounces of H20.

RELIEVE anxiety and stress by cutting a bouquet of lavender, then crushing the flowers in your palms. Inhale the healing fragrance before bed for a restful slumber.

WATCH for snakes! Gopher snakes and King snakes have been slithering through my grass. Don’t be alarmed, snakes eradicate rodents including gophers, moles, rats, and mice.

SHOWCASE your horticultural talents by mixing textures, colors, and sizes in your garden, always being away of water, sunlight, and soil PH needs. A lemon-lime nandina paired with a black adder phormium and a purple salvia are spectacular bedmates.

PEPPER your garden by throwing seeds of Love in a Mist and California poppies. The colors look smashing together and both re-seed. Plus Love in a Mist seedpods make fantastic dried flowers.

WANT a lush landscape? Embrace the beauty of leaves. Foliage plants have dramatic impact, especially when grouped together. Hosta, heuchera, coleus, and variegated plants are showstoppers, specifically in shaded areas.

PLANT gladioli bulbs for summer drama with long stalks of trumpet shaped florets that are considered hummingbird heaven.

COVER an unsightly fence with clematis. Read the tags to learn the correct sun exposure, then let the explosion of blooms blow your mind. Clematis make great cut flowers too.

TUCK succulents in between other plantings. Most succulents shoot up spires of blooms as an added bonus. Of course, succulents are very drought tolerant and an excellent choice for our gardens. To get a better idea of the variety of succulents that fare well in our area, visit The Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek. http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org

GRILL vegetables (as well as stone fruit) on the barbecue. A variety of zucchini, peppers, and corn are always excellent choices. Don’t shuck the husks on the corn to keep the nutrients and flavor inside. Slip basil or cilantro inside for added flavor.

THINK about what bulbs and rhizomes you will want to buy to plant in the fall. Do you want more daffodils, tulips, Dutch iris, anemones, or something more exotic? Catalogues are a great way to get your lists started.

THANKS to everyone who has emailed me with positive notes about these columsn. I do appreciate all of my readers and want you to be the best gardeners ever!

CELEBRATE the Fourth of July by dressing up in your sparkly red, white, and blue to HANG out in your personal paradise.

Let the fireworks fly! Happy 240th Independence Day.

Happy gardening. Happy growing!

See more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1009/Digging-Deep-Have-a-Homegrown-Fourth-of-July-This-Summer.html

Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2016/06/30/hang-time-by-cynthia-brian/

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Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
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