September 22 2016

Autumn Accord

By Cynthia Brian

Autumn is the hush before winter. ~French Proverb

Having spent autumns in France, I attribute a portion of this year’s love for fall to my past travel experiences of quiet beauty in the yellowing vineyards, the crisp, cool mornings walking through fields sipping a café au lait, and the warming scents of seasoned firewood burning in evening hearths beckoning me to dine on the produce of the day. Autumn is harvest time here in California with the bounty of grapes, walnuts, apples, and pears ripe and ready. The last bushels of tomatoes, corn, eggplant, peppers, and summer squash are making their way to kitchen tables and to outdoor grills as we all enjoy the final hours of sunshine and patio parties. The days are shortening, the nights are lengthening, leaves are turning amber, umber, and orange as we herald in the hush before winter. Nature is in harmony as gardens begin to settle in for their long winter’s nap.

It’s time to start pondering our spring gardens by rotating crops so as not to deplete the nutrients for a healthy production next season. Cover crops, peas, and legumes are nitrogen fixers. Mix up the heavy feeders such as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, brassicas, and corn with root vegetables of beets, onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes.  If you live on a hillside, consider planting fire and drought resistant ice plant as a ground cover. Boasting an array of hues, ice plant will also keep the soil from eroding during the rains. Fall is the best time to scatter wild flower seeds, giving them time to germinate before spring. Mixes that include poppies, bachelor buttons, clarkia, lupine, marigold, aster, penstemon, dianthus, coneflower, and sweet William are available in packets as well as containers. Wild flowers attract pollinators and will keep the hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees buzzing around your property instead of your neighbors.

Sunflowers have been prolific and extra large this summer. As their heads droop, make sure to collect the seeds both for feeding the birds and also for saving for new towers.

When the weather cools, mosquitoes and other bugs tend to disappear. Enjoy the trickling of your fall fountain as you invite friends over for a final barbecue and outdoor meal as we wave good-bye to the summer sun.

The luster in the sky is a kaleidoscope of brilliance, a forerunner to the quiet before the storm.  Bienvenue d’automne!

Cynthia Brian’s Beginning of Fall Gardening Tips

WATCH for aphids on plants, especially mandevilla. Mix 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid with water into a spray bottle. Spray affected plants daily. The dishwashing liquid smothers the aphids.

MAKE applesauce or apple butter with the apples that fall from your trees. This year boasts a big crop of apples. You don’t need to peel the apples. Wash, slice away any brown spots, cut into chunks, add to a pot filled with a small of amount of water, boil, then add cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and honey for a delicious, healthy treat alone or with meats, over ice cream, or yogurt.

START to think about cover crops to add maximum benefits to your soil over the winter. Fall mixes can include seeds of legumes, grass, grains, broadleaf, and brassica, vetch, rye, clover, and radish. These will suppress weeds, add aeration, and increase soil aggregation.

PROTECT your heart by eating more leeks, keep diabetes at bay with more Swiss Chard, fight colds with dandelion greens, and build stronger bones with bok choy. Yes, these leafy greens can do all of that! Plant some.

SEND a plant off to college with your student to keep the indoor air clean while offering memory and concentration improvement.  Prayer plants, peace lilies, pothos, and snake plants are just a few of the easy to grow specimens that will acclimate well to dorm rooms.

PLANT shallots in well-amended beds with plenty of compost in full sun.  The greens can be harvested young or wait until they die back to harvest a cluster of shallots.

MUNCH on grapes straight from the vines or buy California grapes at your favorite market.

SAVE seeds from your favorite open-pollinated or heirloom tomato plants in Mason jars topped with water.  Cover the jar, but don’t seal. Stir daily until seeds sink to the bottom. Rinse through a sieve and let the seeds dry on a paper towel until thoroughly dry. Fill a small jar with seeds, add a silica gel pack, store in the refrigerator until spring planting. Hybrid seeds will not provide tomatoes true to the mother.

DEADHEAD roses for several more flurries of blooms before January. It is wonderful to have cut flowers from your garden when December rolls along.

OVER-SEED lawns before the cold sets in. Pearl’s Premium is proving to be a drought resistant alternative to regular seed grass. It sets deep 14-20 inch roots and with two seasons of seeding should be hardy and fuller next summer. www.PearlsPremium.com

INCLUDE colorful coleus in both indoor and outdoor fall displays. The leaves are the flowers and the designs and patterns are endless.

SELECT tulip bulbs for November planting. Tulips need to be refrigerated for six weeks.

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

Hello Fall! Happy Gardening! Happy Growing!

Read More at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1015/Digging-Deep-Embrace-the-Colors-and-Bounty-of-Fall.html

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2016/09/21/autumn-accord-cynthia-brian/

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Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Starstyle® Productions, llc
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September 21 2016

Rockstar Vitamins, Good Deed Gardening, Self-Esteem, Procrastination

Vitamins may be nutritional superheroes but minerals are the rockstars. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany shows you how to get the five essential minerals to supercharge your day.

Self-talk is important in all we do. While teaching children and young adults to make positive self-statements can help, psychologists have found that negative self-talk is often behind depression and anxiety.  Learn how to boost self-esteem for a happier, brighter future.

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. Cynthia Brian, Goddess Gardener, offers tips on doing good deeds for yourself through gardening.

Are your kids procrastinating? Get tips on motivating your children, and maybe yourself to accomplish the tasks as they need to be done. And don’t forget to offer rewards and reconciliation!

Listen at Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94392/mb-jesse-painting-rockstar-vitamins-good-deed-gardening-self-esteem

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

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2016/09/19/mb-jesse-painting-rockstar-vitamins-good-deed-gardening-self-esteem-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 September Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/5617bc8e6d/288055965/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!®
http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2206

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
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help
Blog:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog
Events:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94392/mb-jesse-painting-rockstar-vitamins-good-deed-gardening-self-esteem

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September 20 2016

The Gift of Triumph

“The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph’.”
Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia host a triumphant show bringing us the tools to overcome adversity. The ladies discuss triumph over fears, negative experiences, stress, school, family and friend troubles.  In Health Rap, Alex Pawlakos gives us the power to triumph over illness by building a strong immune system through exercise, healthy eating, and plenty of sleep. Our newest reporter is Chelsea Pelchat debuts her segment Past Present focusing on how our past contributes to the experiences of our present and future. Today she discusses her role as the Teen Event Coordinator for Be the Star You Are!®, the struggles and triumphs of learning to be a leader. In Aim to Shoot, Katie Choo gives us the steps to adopting a mindset for success. Spoiler alert-it helps to LOVE who you are and what you do. Take charge, go into action, and be triumphant.

Bio Chelsea Pelchat
Chelsea Pelchat is the teen event coordinator for the Be the Star You Are charity. As a 10th grader she enjoys writing for the Orinda News, tutoring at her former elementary school’s homework club, and participating in the public speaking program at her school. Over the summer, she took a Writing Analysis class at UC Berkeley, as well fulfilled the role of TA in a Film Analysis class. Her segment is called "Past Present" focusing on how our past are invaluable to the present and future. www.BetheStarYouAre.org

Listen at Voice America Network : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94637/the-gift-of-triumph

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  September Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/5617bc8e6d/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

Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

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
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help
Blog:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog
Events:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

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

September 14 2016

Home Security, Forever Young, Plant it Now!

According to a recent FBI study, daytime crimes accounted for 66% of all burglaries nationally. Do you know how to keep your home and property safe while you are present as well as on vacations? In T42, Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany offer concrete tips based on research that will help you be secure.

We live in a youth oriented society. Once over thirty, everyone yearns to be younger.  How can we stay young as we age? Surround yourself with love and joy and find out how to be forever young.

With the West Coast drought still on high alert, Cynthia Brian visits the Ruth Bancroft Garden for lesson in bold dry gardening. Find out what succulents are easy to grow for the present and for posterity.

Listen at Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94400/home-security-forever-young-plant-it-now

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

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2016/09/13/9342/
September Events with Be the Star You Are!®: https://vapresspass.com/2016/09/14/september-shorts-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 September Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/5617bc8e6d/288055965/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!®
http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2206

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
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help
Blog:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog
Events:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

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September 13 2016

The Gift of Today with Mike McCoy Ministries

The Gift of Today
Horace wrote “carpe diem quam minimum credula postero” which translates to “seize the day, and believe as little as possible in tomorrow.” Today’s show is all about today-the choices we make, the people we impact, the technology we employ. Hosts Brigitte and Zahra interview a most inspirational guest, former NFL football great Mike McMoy. McCoy’s passion is empowering youth and helping them develop a larger vision for their lives. Mike delivers a faith-based message of hope and encouragement to students that helps them make good decisions, overcome challenges and deal with peer pressure to develop the self-confidence to achieve true success. Faith, family, and friends are critical to happiness and decisions determine our destiny.  World Watch reporter, Joven Hundal takes us on a journey of technological advances over the past 16 years showing us why we need to appreciate the gift of “today”.  In Aim to Shoot, Katie Choo covers numerous opportunities for careers in a variety of  fields. Embrace the present, live for today and take the advice of Mike McMoy: ”React, reflect, and respond.”

Guest Bio:
 Mike McCoy
Mike McCoy is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Cathedral Prep High School.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics where he played football and was a Consensus All-American. He was chosen UPI Lineman of the year and was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year. He was the #1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers where he played defensive tackle. He played eleven years in the NFL – seven with Green Bay, two with the Oakland Raiders and two with the New York Giants. Mike is President of Mike McCoy Ministries. He speaks primarily in Catholic Schools across America and abroad. He has also been a speaker for the National Catholic Educators Convention, Catholic Men’s Rallies, Bill Glass Ministries in prisons and to parents and coaches through the Notre Dame Play Like a Champion program. http://mccoy77.com

Listen at Voice America Network : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94514/the-gift-of-today

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

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2016/09/12/gift-today-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  September Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/5617bc8e6d/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

Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

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
About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help
Blog:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog
Events:http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events
Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

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

September 11 2016

We Remember 9/11

On this day, 9/11, we remember the tragic events of 9/11/2001 and the heroic individuals you gave their lives and their service to protect America. We will never forget.

 

Read our BTSYA September Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/5617bc8e6d/288055965/bbd34d3431/


Journeys Abroad - Intern Liz Aguilar in Geneva, Switzerland!
Hello everyone,

I'm Liz Aguilar - BTSYA's communications intern, Strikingly blog editor, and newsletter creator! My academic journey after a summer at Stanford has taken me to the University of Geneva for this fall semester! The weather has been lovely and meeting new people has been an absolute pleasure. I can't wait to officially start my school semester because I'll be conducting research through the school of medicine regarding targeted ovarian cancer therapies.  
I've always dreamt of traveling to Europe and I'm beyond grateful that I have this opportunity to learn from local cultures, interact with others, and live in a country I've always wanted to explore. I plan to continue providing you all with updates of my studies and adventures throughout Europe this fall. I'd like to thank you all for being a fantastic support and for your kind wishes along the way. Also thank you for your continued support of Be the Star You Are!® where we are all working to make a difference in our world.

Mark Your Calendars: Come to Vineyard Vines and Make a Difference!
www.btsya.com/events_calendar.html
Join one of our lead volunteers Chelsea Pelchat at Vineyard Vines (1301 N Main St.) in Walnut Creek, CA on September 17th! Your purchases can help make a difference to promote literacy and positive message media. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet some of our organizations fantastic stars! See you there!

 

Join BTSYA at the Moraga Pear and Wine Festival!

Moraga Pear and Wine Festival
Date: Saturday Sept. 24
10am-4pm
http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events
Join Be the Star You Are!® at the 2016 Pear and Wine Festival on Saturday, September 24 from10 am-4pm at Moraga Commons Park in Moraga at the corner of Moraga Road and St. Mary’s Road. Games, pear pies, local wines, music, dancing, contests, arts, crafts, and fun for the entire family.
This year’s booth, designed by Event Coordinator, Chelsea Pelchat will feature a Reading Circle, Face Painting, Book Giveaways, and Book Sale with all brand new beautiful books either $4.99 or $9.99. Donations encouraged.


Thank you to our generous sponsors MB Jessee Painting, StarStyle® Productions, LLC, Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper, and Michael VerBrugge Construction for making the BTSYA booth possible. If you are interested in sponsoring our events, please email Cynthia@Star-Style.com.

 
Please also check out some of our videos from previous Pear Festival Events!: http://www.youtube.com/Bethestaryouare#p/u/13/crWWu6jApMk

Watch the Pear Festival Event and Book Bash

Why Teens Volunteer  by Karen Kitchel
More than half of American teenagers and young adults are volunteers. We might think people of all ages volunteer their time because they want to support a cause they care about.  However, teens and young adults volunteer regularly if and where their friends do, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Also interesting to note the research done by DoSomething.org, a group that works to get young people involved in social change. One of their studies, based on data from 4,363 young people, found that the most common form of support by volunteers was assistance with fundraising. Thirty-eight percent of those in the survey said they helped with solicitations. If you combine social networking skills with teens who are passionate about your cause, you might find a surprising amount of funds being raised.
The study also found that boys were more likely to undertake physical activities while girls were more likely to help the homeless and  people in need or to work with art groups. Other findings from the survey included:
• Young people who reported sending out frequent text messages were 13 percent more likely to have volunteered. However, few of those surveyed went online to find volunteer opportunities.
• Seventy percent of young people from wealthy families volunteered, compared with 44 percent of those from low-income households.
• Students in private high schools were 25 percent more likely to volunteer than those in public schools.
The researchers say the responses to the survey pointed out some key ideas to increase volunteerism:
Offer chance to socialize. A top priority for many young people in choosing volunteer activities is having a chance to interact with friends and have a good time.
Close to home helps.  Proximity to home ranks second of the reasons why young people choose the volunteer activities they do.
Make it one time or quick.   With little time to spare, teens want to complete their task and move on. Consider "one minute" volunteers who do nothing but promote your cause online.  You provide the copy and they post to their contacts.
What's in it for me?   For high-school students, often a concern about the future is getting into college and paying for it. Volunteer activities can give young people an edge in college admissions or scholarship applications.
If young folks have a great volunteer experience, imagine their impact, as well as  involving their friends, and they just might become the volunteer leaders of tomorrow.

About the author:
Karen Kitchel is a Community Volunteer who is passionate about helping  those who are homeless or disadvantaged.  Previously she served as President of Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit organization, and Director of BI University at BI Worldwide.  She can be reached at karenkitchel@comcast.net

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Diabetes Help, Kid Labels, Blood Suckers

Keep your blood sugar in check with Health Matters tips on boosting your overall wellness when you have Type 2 Diabetes. And if you are Diabetes free, these lifestyle choices could keep you that way!

Every child is unique and sometimes parents don’t understand why a child is so different than them. A new study shows that labeling your child, and yourself is helpful to helping a child be successful and happy.

Are you plagued by mosquitoes? Have you been bitten by a tick and wonder if you might have Lyme disease? Find out what insects carry what viruses and where the plague is more prevalent.

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Romp through Ruth Bancroft Dry Gardens

By Cynthia Brian

“Who cares if I’m not around? If I don’t plant it, then nobody will get to see it!” Ruth Bancroft

Since as long as I can remember I have always said that I wanted to live to be 108 years old. Why I chose that number I have no idea as I had never met anyone who lived to be 108…until this week when I met Ruth Bancroft, creator of the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek. Ruth turned 108 years young on September 2nd and I was privileged enough to celebrate her birthday with bubbly and her favorite chocolate cake in her masterpiece dry gardens that she began planting in the 1970’s.

Ruth’s gardening passion began as a child in Berkeley. When she moved through the tunnel to Walnut Creek she became a collector. Her efforts, trials, tribulations, and experiences along the way are chronicled in the new Timber Press book, The Bold Dry Garden, penned by Johanna Silver, the garden editor of Sunset Magazine, and photographed by Marion Brenner. With the entire West coast on drought alert, the Ruth Bancroft Gardens are a model for low-water plantscaping. If you have ever been curious about succulents, cacti, yuccas, and other desert plants that will flourish in the East Bay, this beautiful book will become an essential reference guide.

Our local water company states that water use was 24% less in 2015 than it was in 2014, saving enough water to fill the Oakland Coliseum seventy one times! As homeowners rip out lawns in favor of xeriscaping, we’ll focus on the benefits of adding low maintenance, low water use plants, and planting them NOW to your garden.

Although I have a lifetime of gardening experience, I’m not sure that I will ever become an expert in any one area of horticulture, as gardens are living, breathing, evolving, growing entities that are constantly changing.  What I adore about Ruth’s garden is this consistent evolution. Each time I visit a new vista or display greets me, even from the same specimens as the first visit. The colors, textures, and sizes are in perpetual motion from California natives to the canopy of trees, the rosettes of terrestrial bromeliads to the swords of the yuccas.

Here are a few of Ruth’s prized collection that you can grow in your garden for your benefit and that of your great grandchildren’s children .

Aeoniums: One of the most popular plants of all of the succulents, aeoniums have lovely fleshy rosettes that will reach towards the heavens, mound in purgatory, or cascade towards hell. They prefer a bit of shade and are easy to cultivate and grow in the ground and in containers.

Yuccas: These sword shaped plants are native to the Americas and the Caribbean and like hot, dry regions. In their natural habitat they are pollinated by the yucca moth.  Although yuccas are grown mostly for ornamental use, many species use the seeds, flowers, stems, and sometimes the roots for food and medicine.

Echeveria: Many of the most beautiful small succulents are echeveria, often confused with aeoniums because of their rosettes. Their leaf colors are brilliantly hued and they boast flowers in red, orange, white, yellow, purple, and pink.  They grow well between rocks and are a terrific ground cover or garden filler.
Most echeveria species hail from Mexico.

Sedums: A hardy perennial with thick, fleshy leaves and stems and clusters of pretty flowers, sedums are most popular for ground covers, borders, and rock gardens.  They require minimal to no care at all, are easy to propagate from cuttings, and are drought resistant.

Aloe: The best friend plant for anyone with a sunburn, cut, or bite, aloe is known as nature’s soothing succulent. Aloes relieve itching and irritation on the skin, reduce redness and swelling by inhibiting the body’s release of histamine. In a garden, aloes bloom in bright colors of red, orange, and yellow with over 500 species ranging from tiny to tree height. These unfussy favorites are a “must have” in any garden or container.

Agave: With over 200 species native to the Americas, agaves are diverse in colors, shapes, sizes, and spines.  Agaves are sculptural. They can be a focal point in a landscape or can mix well with other plantings. Before planting an agave, make sure to read the label to determine the final size of the plant. Some agaves have a full- grown diameter of 13 to 14 feet while others remain small and compact. 

Barrel Cactus: Always armed with heavy spines and prominent ribs, barrel cacti are known as the “fierce or wild cactus”.  Flowers always grow at the top without spines. Native Americans boiled the flowers to eat like cabbage. The fruits are considered inedible. Barrel cacti add a fascinating form to any landscape when planted in circles or artistic ways.

Prickly Pear Cactus: Optunias, commonly called prickly pear cactus have yellow, red, purple, or orange fruit that is delicious and sold in stores as tuna. The paddles are called Nopales and used in many ethnic recipes.  The soluble fibers of both the fruit and the paddles are considered to stabilize blood sugar. These cacti make a great fence to keep out human and animal invaders as the spines are tiny and very sharp. My sister surrounded her property with optunias which bear enough fruit for a weekly farmer’s market booth.

Although I’ve concentrated on the desert plants, the Ruth Bancroft Garden reveals a softer side with riffs of bulbs, wildflowers, grasses, and California natives. A visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden is a must-do for anyone interested in learning more about dry and drought tolerant gardening. We are fortunate to have one of the nation’s most renowned public gardens literally in our back yard with a collection of rare specimens available for sale that will enhance your landscape while saving precious water. www.RuthBancroftGarden.org.

Embrace your sense of curiosity. Employ a few of Ruth Bancroft’s dry gardening specimens. Gardens are a legacy to our future and the time to plant is today.  In 108 years, who will be enjoying your garden?

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!
Read more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1014/Digging-Deep-A-Short-Romp-in-the-Ruth-Bancroft-Gardens.html

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CELEBRATION: Beginning the 18th Anniversary of the Launch of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

What a special broadcast this is! Who would have thought that in 1998 when Cynthia Brian was in the processing of founding Be the Star You Are!® charity, that this empowerment non-profit would be evolving and going strong in 2016? Be the Star You Are!® volunteers and radio personalities Alex Pawlakos, Asya Gonzalez, Brigitte Jia, Henna Hundal, and Joven Hundal talk about their involvement in BTSYA and how they have become better people because of the opportunities for personal growth offered by the charity and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. Alex discusses the health issues surrounding being 18 years old. Asya and Brigitte interview Founder of BTSYA, Cynthia Brian to find out how the non profit has grown and how it is making a difference in the world. Henna Hundal offers her gratitude to Cynthia Brian for being a mentor and guide to success, while Joven investigates the legitimacy of large non-profits while advocating support of small, grass root non profits such as Be the Star You Are!® where donations are necessary and implemented for programs, not for salaries. This show is an uplifting celebration that shines with positivity and possibility. Thank you to everyone involved with BTSYA for helping the non-profit to be a beacon of hope and help in increasing literacy and positive messages.

Listen at : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94430/18th-anniversary-celebration-of-the-launch-of-be-the-star-you-are-charity

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September 1 2016

Aspirin & Beauty Tips, Fresh Crop, Alice’s Wonderland

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!

Aspirin is great for headache relief but it has many other uses that are equally remarkable. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany shares ways this high achieving medication aids you. She’ll also discuss miscellaneous beauty tips.

When it comes to superfoods, greens top the list of healthy options. But are you eating summer’s fresh crop of tasty leaves? Cynthia Brian will give you the health benefits and ideas for preparation.

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 Cynthia Brian credit’s her mother, Alice, with being her gardening artiste. Learn how to be a green thumb while having fun.

Listen at Voice America: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94286/aspirin-and-beauty-tips-fresh-crop-alices-wonderland

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Check out our online fundraiser:
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Read our BTSYA August Newsletter:
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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!®
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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
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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
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August 31 2016

The Gift of Time

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 greatest gift you can give someone is your time." Brigitte started off the show with another segment of Art Attack, explaining the connection between time and art. It takes time to create a work of art, and that art plays a major role in any piece. Asya and Brigitte then talk about the importance of time management and how to achieve a little organization. New fads are popping up all the time, but staying true to yourself is timeless as Asya and Brigitte discuss the new trends that pop up throughout generations. Maria Wong reviews "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng. This suspenseful read shows that time heals all wounds. Ironically, our author guest had to postpone her appearance because of lack of time.

Listen at Voice America Kids:https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94270/the-gift-of-time

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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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10/10 Event at Vineyard Vines

Clear your calendars for a fun event on September 17th at the Walnut Creek Vineyard Vines clothing boutique as Be the Star You Are!® charity partners to host a “10/10” event. 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 5-8pm with refreshments and goody bags. Join us at 1301 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For more information about the event please visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/ - !events/kgh2e or Be the Star You Are!® Events. To shop at Vineyard Vines go to http://www.vineyardvines.com.

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!

Listen at Voice America Kids: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94136/back-to-school

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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!

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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
Cynthia Brian
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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/

Listen at Voice America Kids: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/94035/the-gift-of-talk

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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!

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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

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“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.

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August 3 2016

Facing Fears, Buzz On. Essential Oils

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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.

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