November 22 2017

The Gratitude Hour

Thanksgiving comes only once a year yet gratitude needs to be a way of living daily. With the utter political chaos, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other tragedies throughout the year, everyone needs to be grateful to be celebrating the feast of the pilgrims with the Native Americans. Cynthia Brian hosts an hour filled with inspirational insights, autumn gardening tips, suggestions for creating a gratitude journal, ideas on planning a perfect Thanksgiving feast, and even guidelines for shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

 

Tune in and count your blessings with the Goddess Gardener.

 

Be the Star You Are!® charity continues Operation Disaster Relief Program for fires and hurricanes throughout the holidays. Visit and donate to help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste 

 

Listen at Voice America: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103330/the-gratitude-hour

 

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A Cornucopia of Gratitude

By Cynthia Brian

"A person of power embraces challenges in complete gratitude. No matter the situation life may bring, discontent is never justified, rather all is experienced as an opportunity and a privilege to adventure and grow." James Ray

It’s raining! Hurray, hurray for the nourishing drops from heaven. I have always been a sunshine goddess, however, after a summer and autumn of extreme heat, I am so grateful for the sweet smell of the musky earth after a shower and the pile of fallen saffron hued leaves that transport me to my childhood days.

To feel gratitude after an angry Mother Earth has unleashed her fury on our planet for the past several months is heroic.  My heart has been heavy with the multiple hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires, windstorms, as well as the horrific terrorist attacks and lone wolf concert massacre.  Despite efforts to shake off the terror, a sense of loss and personal sadness permeates every pore.  As I respond to readers and speak to strangers, a deficit of hope clouds the air. With catastrophe after catastrophe…politically generated, humanly engineered, or natural disaster…is there any wonder that confusion and division reigns?

Yet, what the world needs now is love, sweet love.  As Jackie Deshannon so eloquently sang, “it’s the only thing that there’s too little of.”  We can begin sharing the love by beginning to grow gratitude for what we have instead of wallowing in what we lack or what we’ve lost.

Enter the garden.

The garden is and always has been a safe place–a secret refuge from the concrete jungle.  In the garden we can take a deep breath, delight in the perfume of the flowers, and relish the tactile experiences when touching smooth blades of grass, the fuzzy leaves of lambs ear, or digging our fingers into the dirt. We forget about time in the garden as we witness butterflies, bees, and bugs going about their pollination business while listening to the rustling of the leaves and the eloquent music of the songbirds. A garden creates community and hugs us with affection.  We have the unique opportunity to cultivate and connect to our native roots…earth.

As we celebrate November, the month of being thankful, let us look to our garden sanctuaries with gratitude. In this month’s column, I offer you a collection of my favorite photos that commemorate the sass of the season.  These images reflect the colorful cornucopia of happiness and tranquility on our journey through autumn. I hope you will feel energized and inspired by their beauty, originality, and simplicity.

Gardens are powerful teachers. They comfort and console. They evolve and advance with our loving care. When we collaborate with our surroundings, we sustain and increase our humanity and humility. The garden is with us always and the gifts it dispenses are unlimited.

May your Thanksgiving be a day filled with giving thanks and espousing love.

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Reminders

RAKE leaves to mix into your compost pile. Do not put them in the green bin unless they are diseased as leaf mould adds valuable nutrients back into the soil.  

REFRAIN from raking an area completely clean as bare soil is not a natural state. Allow a small covering of leaves to slowly decompose where they fell. By clearing the soil completely, erosion and leaching are invited.

TRENCH plant your bulbs of muscari, tulips, and hyacinths to get the job done swiftly.

ADD healthy houseplants to your interior décor to clean the air, lower blood pressures, help with concentration, and reduce stress.

FORCE amaryllis, hyacinths, and paperwhites as thoughtful green holiday gifts.

SCATTER wild flower seeds for a surprise spring showing.

CHECK trees for stability before winter storms arrive. Call in a professional arborist to help you prune any unwanted or dangerous branches. Safety is of the utmost importance.

FERTILIZE your entire landscape. An especially auspicious time to throw fertilizer or pre-emergent is right before a rainfall for maximum absorption.

PICK the last of your grapes and use the colorful grape leaves in your autumn arrangements.

THROW snail and slug bait before the crawlers devour your precious plantings.

DIVIDE perennials such as daylilies, dahlias, and iris.

EXPLORE the diversity of our local hillsides with an invigorating Thanksgiving hike.

TAP into your inner child and roll in the fallen leaves. Make angel wings as if the leaves were snow. Remember how fun that was when you were just a kid!

ARRANGE dried grasses, mushrooms, acorns, magnolia cones, moss, and lichen covered branches for an elegant tabletop setting.

MEDITATE outside in the chilly autumn air and breathe in the aromas of the earth.

CLEAN, sharpen, and oil tools before putting away for the winter.

ADD a cornucopia of gratitude to your daily fruit basket.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing.

Cynthia Brian

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Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3. Please make a donation to help with hurricane & fire disaster relief at www.BetheStarYouAre.org.  
Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show and order her books at www.StarStyleRadio.com.
My new book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, is available at www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store.
Available for hire for any gardening project.  
Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com
www.GoddessGardener.com

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November 2 2017

Where there is Smoke…

“Count the fires by glowing flames, never by the ashes that fall.
Count your days by the golden hours, don’t remember clouds at all.
Count the nights by stars, not shadows.
Count your life by smiles, not tears.
And with joy on every day, count your age by friends, not years.”

Hello November!  We are grateful to welcome you.

With the devastating fires of the past month throughout California, our atmosphere has been filled with smoke and ash.  The air quality has been so poor that we have been warned to stay indoors or wear N-95 rated masks when walking outside.  Wildfire smoke and soot irritates eyes, skin, throat, nose, and lungs, and is especially dangerous for anyone with asthma or other respiratory illnesses.

But what effect does the smoke and debris have on our gardens?

Surprisingly, healthy plants have the ability to absorb the dangerous carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. Some landscapes may actually benefit from smoke as it diffuses the light allowing the shadows to be less intense under the top leaves of plants.  The lower leaves then produce more food for the plant. Plants use carbon dioxide as a fertilizer, cleaning the chemicals and toxic particles in the air while restoring and cleansing our atmosphere.  

Houseplants are extremely beneficial in cleaning our indoor air quality. They have the ability to reduce the effects of mold, dust, microbes, and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).  Spider plants, pothos, snake plant, spathiphyllum, philodendron, palms, and ficus benjamina are all easy to grow and work overtime to keep us breathing clean, fresh air.

Scientists are discovering the dire consequences of climate change not only on our physical well-being but on our mental fitness. Disasters such as the catastrophic hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires have a dramatic negative impact on our health. We can help the environment as well as our families by maintaining a positive outlook and putting a smile on our face while we work together diligently to reduce our carbon footprint.

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for November

Want to protect your valuable plants from any negative effects from the smoke?
Here are a few simple tasks to undertake.

1.    Any vegetable or fruit still in the orchard or garden needs to be washed thoroughly before consuming.  A solution of vinegar and water is a time- tested cleanser.
2.    Compost any damaged bush, flower, fruit, or vegetable.
3.    Spray your plants with a hose to remove any clogged particles. Continue to do this until you see a difference.
4.    Fertilize the landscape now, including your grass and lawn.
5.    Add three inches of mulch to your garden if you didn’t already do it last month.
6.    Any bare earth needs a cover crop. Clover, alfalfa, wildflowers, fava beans, vetch, and mustard will add nitrogen to the soil.
7.    Remove any dead or dying trees or shrubs. When planting new trees, space them at least 10 feet apart.
8.    Be fire-wise by clearing your roof, gutters, eaves, decks, and patios of debris.
9.    Mow your lawns and keep them green. Lawns clean the air we breathe, absorb smoke and pollutants, and change sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide into oxygen. A swath of green offers a healthy filtration system while being a flame retardant safety zone.

Make fire prevention a top priority by creating a defensible space around your home and garden. Fires burn only when fuel is present and a dry landscape is fuel for the fire.

Other Tips for your November To-Do List:

•    WINTERIZE your garden. Cover frost prone plants and shrubs with blankets or burlap. Wash patio furniture before storing or covering. Move fragile container plants under an eave or away from harsh winds.
•    PRUNE your fruit trees and crape myrtles once all the leaves have fallen. Keep branches a minimum of 6 feet from the ground.
•    RAKE leaves to add to the compost pile. It is especially important to rake redwood and pine needles as they tend to blanket an area suffocating any other living things.
•    PLANT bulbs for spring blooms. (You have been refrigerating your tulips and crocuses, right?)
•    CLEAN gutters of all debris to prevent clogging when the rains come.
•    SOW lawn seed and keep the seed watered until it sprouts.
•    PICK guavas and bananas as they ripen.
•    WAIT another month before harvesting persimmons. If you are having problems with the birds and squirrels eating your unripe fruit, pick early, and refrigerate.
•    PLANT garlic and shallots before the weather turns cold. Easy to grow, they will over-winter to supply you with big savory bulbs for a summer harvest.
•    ARRANGE roses, clivia, euphorbia, and branches for a beautiful fall display.
•    GROW chrysanthemums. These long blooming flowers are available in a variety of colors and textures adding a smile to any visitor.
•    PROVIDE food and water for the birds, especially since many are migrating.
•    HARVEST cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, broccoli, kale, carrots, beets, Swiss Chard, Brussels  Sprouts as well as arugula and nasturtiums for your healthy meals. These foods are high in antioxidants which support the body’s ability to fight off toxins and reduce chronic inflammation.
•    AERATE your lawns. For more information on grass selections and the benefits of planting grass see www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1117/Digging-Deep-with-Cynthia-Brian-The-grass-is-always-greener.html
•    MARVEL at the changing colors of the leaves on trees, specifically Japanese maple, pistache, liquid amber, and crape myrtle.
•    CHECK out the glorious bark of the eucalyptus tree and the hanging trumpets of the Angel trumpet vine.
•    CUT a few branches from grapevines to use as table décor for an autumn gathering.
•    BRING houseplants outside for a shower and day in the cooler sunshine. They’ll be ready for a winter of air freshening back inside.
•    ADD a peaceful, quiet element to a container by planting a white mandevilla. If you protect it from frost, you’ll get an annual display of florets.
•    PACK  “To Go emergency bags” and keep one in your home and in your car. In case of a disaster, every second counts.
•    TAKE a break and head to the beach. The sea air will refresh and reawaken your joyful spirit. (It works every time for me!)
•    GET ready for Thanksgiving with a garden display of mixed pumpkins, gourds, and scarecrows.

Gratitude is the theme for November. The days are short. The soil is warm. The nights are cool. We pray for rain and for peace on our planet. Our thoughts and prayers go to all of those who have suffered in the recent natural disasters.  It’s been a challenging few months for our country and our world, yet despite the tragedies, let us all count our star blessings and keep on smiling.

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!

Read more at Lamorinda Weekly: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1118/Cynthia-Brians-Gardening-Guide-for-November-Where-there-is-smoke.html

Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3. Please make a donation to help with hurricane & fire disaster relief at www.BetheStarYouAre.org

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Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show and order her books at www.StarStyleRadio.com

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Available for hire for any gardening project.  
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November 1 2017

Hanging Baskets, House Noise Alerts, DIY Security Systems

From the vineyards of Temecula in Southern California to the coastline towns on the Oregon coast, everywhere Cynthia Brian travel has witnessed glorious displays of cascading flowers.  Hanging from pergolas, lampposts, balconies, porches, and patios, these bloom filled tubs trump the fern and Spider plant baskets of by-gone days.  The prolific blooms of petunias, fuchsias, impatiens, and verbena extend the flowering season with a myriad of bright colors in purple, pink, white, blue, and yellow. Learn how to make a glorious hanging masterpiece.

Do you know what all the creaks and noises of your house indicate? You don’t have ghosts but you may have structural issues that need attention. Find out which sounds you need to pay attention to ensure your safety.

About 20% of homes have security systems that are monitored and professionally installed. But a new type of DIY security system has emerged with no additional fees beyond the cost of the equipment and no professional monitoring. Instead of requiring wires in the walls, DIY systems typically use the existing Wi-Fi network in your home and you can install one yourself!

Listen at Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/102944/hanging-baskets-house-noise-alerts-diy-security-systems

Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2017/10/12/hanging-baskets-house-noise-alerts-diy-security-systems/

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Read our BTSYA October Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/b72526875f/288055965/bbd34d3431/

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

Help with Hurricane & Fire Relief: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

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

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October 31 2017

Halloween Spooky

“The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween.
― Paula Guran

Happy Halloween! Hosts Brigitte Jia and Joven Hundal start off the show with Trends without Ends reporter Jack Pawlakos shares tricks, treats, and tips for a great Halloween. This year around 179 million Americans plan to dress up and celebrate Halloween,. spending will tally more than $9.1 billion! Chelsea Pelchat, reporter for Past Present, takes us on an historical tour of the origins of Halloween. The Celtic festival of Samhain, another word for summer’s end, meant people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. This was the day which Irish farmers believed that the dead could rise up from underground and walk amongst the living. Glamorous witch, Deborah Castellano encourages listeners to be crafty, cunning, and unafraid to want something fiercely through her book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution for Getting What You Want , Glamour is your secret weapon—your guide to finding what you want and getting it, too, whether it is Halloween or just an ordinary Day.
Have a safe, fun Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy! Booooo!

Bio:
Deborah Castellano writes for many of Llewellyn’s annuals and writes a blog on PaganSquare about opinions on glamour, the Muse, and the occult. Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution for Getting What You Want (Llewellyn) is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Llewellyn.  Her shop, the Mermaid and the Crow, specializes in handmade goods. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow, and two cats. She has a terrible reality television habit she can’t shake and likes St. Germain liqueur, record players, and typewriters. Visit her at www.charmedfinishingschool.com.com

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

Listen at Voice America Kids network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103257/halloween-haunts
Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2017/10/30/glamour-magic-witchcraft/

6 Years of Broadcasting: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3532062

Flames of Resistance: http://vapresspass.com/2017/10/27/flames-of-resilience/

Be the Star You Are!® is collecting donations to help with Operation Hurricane and Fire Disaster Relief. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

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


October Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/b72526875f/288055965/bbd34d3431/

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 and Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..
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!

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Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
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October 25 2017

Greener Grass, Pet Clean, Body Detox

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

Is the grass greener on the other side? If you have let your lawn die because of the drought, you’ll want to tune in to find out how you can reseed and restore your grass as a benefit to your health, well-being, and enjoyment.

Do you love it when you dog licks your face? As sweet as those kisses are, they could be exposing you to feces-borne parasites or other diseases. We’ll offer a few simple ways to keep your dog and cats clean and healthy.

What are the best ways to detox your body? It is NOT colonics, cleanses, and juice diets.  Learn to boost your natural filtration system by limiting the junk that goes into your body and eliminating toxins and irritants. Cynthia Brian will show you how.

Listen at the Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103213/greener-grass-pet-clean-body-detox

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..
Read our BTSYA October Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/b72526875f/288055965/bbd34d3431/

Help with Hurricane & Fire Relief: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

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

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://www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com

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October 24 2017

Ghostly Adventures

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
― J.K. Rowling
What is it like to live in a haunted house? What if that house was actually a medieval prison that housed witches? Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell talk about their book, Spirits of the Cage with hosts Brigitte Jia and Katie Choo covering the haunting of one of England’s oldest prisons for witches where Vanessa lived for three years until she couldn’t take it any longer and Richard’s subsequent investigation into the paranormal activities. Trends without ends reporter, Jack Pawlakos looks into the adventures of ghosting, ghost ships, and the tracking via smarkphones and apps of the paranormal.  Brigitte wraps the hour with an Art Attack focusing on ghosts and spirits in art.

BIO: Richard Estep has been a paranormal investigator 23 years, researching haunted locations on both sides of the Atlantic. Richard has appeared on the Destination America TV show “Haunted Case FIles.” He is the author of several non-fiction paranormal books. He makes his living as a paramedic and clinical educator. He also volunteers as a firefighter-paramedic, teaches EMT, and paramedic students at three different medical training establishments, and serves as an on-call communications technician/paramedic on a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). In the tiny amount of free time that does not involve paranormal investigation and writing about it, he is an unabashed geek, with a particular bias towards all things Star Wars. He is a collector and reader of books. Richard lives in colorful Colorado with his wife, dog, and far too many black cats. www.richardestep.net

Bio for Vanessa Mitchell: Vanessa Mitchell is a mother of 2 who owns the cage medieval prison England's most haunted house. She is the co author of Spirits of The Cage.

Be the Star You Are!® is collecting donations to help with Operation Hurricane and Fire Disaster Relief. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste
Listen at Voice America Kids network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103135/ghostly-adventures
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Be the Star You Are!® is collecting donations to help with Operation Hurricane and Fire Disaster Relief. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste
October Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/b72526875f/288055965/bbd34d3431/
#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 and Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

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

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>

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October 20 2017

Iron E Singleton & Walking Dead, California On Fire, Evacuation Kits, PTSD signs

hen you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

IronE Singleton is best known to audiences as the menacing kingpin Alton in the Academy® Oscar Award-nominated film THE BLIND SIDE; the biggest box office grossing sports movie of all time. He is also known as the compassionate tough guy, T-Dog, in the Emmy, AFI & WGA Award winning, Golden Globe nominated TV show
THE WALKING DEAD. IronE talks with Cynthia Brian about his world tour of his one man show, Blindsided by the Walking Dead.

The most deadly and devastating fire in California history is still raging in the beautiful wine country of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Solano counties. The death toll from this towering inferno continues to rise as over 10,000 firefighters and first responders from around the USA, Canada, and Australia battle the blazes. The smoke is spewing dangerous toxins across the Bay Area as scientists speculate that catastrophic fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, and earthquakes will be the new norm plaguing our world.

Many people are suffering from PTSD surrounding all of these disasters. Learn the signs and what you can do. Also learn to pack an emergency evacuation kit.
Bio: Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, IronE Singleton’s story embodies everything about the lives of many inner-city youth growing up in low-income housing projects. Fatherless and having lost his mother to HIV/AIDS when he was a senior in high school and watched his brother spend most of his life in Georgia’s prison system, IronE fought to have a different life. The “irony” of his story is that, while all the odds were stacked against him, IronE Singleton overcame his troubled childhood to attend the University of Georgia on academic and football scholarships. Singleton wrote, directed and performed a critically acclaimed One Man Stage production entitled Blindsided by the Walking Dead as well as his autobiography chronicling his life from poverty to fame. IronE is also a lyricist with his debut, 10 track album, Hip-Hopcrisy.  His ambition is to encourage, inspire, and motivate us all towards positive change for the betterment of humanity. http://www.ironesingleton.com

Listen at Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103033/california-on-fire-and-irone-blindsided-by-the-walking-dead

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..
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October 18 2017

The Grass is Always Greener

“Society is like a lawn where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface.” Washington Irving

The cool evenings, warm days, and majestic orange sunsets signal the season of fall. While children will be preparing for the festivities of Halloween, gardeners need to be thinking about greening their lawn costumes. Much to my dismay, throughout the drought our water company encouraged homeowners to dispense with growing grass and either let lawns die or replant with succulents and other drought resistant species. In my humble opinion, this was terrible advice as a healthy lawn offers so many benefits not only to the environment but also to our health and wellbeing. It is also much more expensive to revamp a landscape than it is to maintain it, even minimally. With the drought in our rearview mirror, my email has been blowing up with requests on how to re-install a green lawn.

Thankfully all is not lost as autumn is the perfect time to plant a new lawn or reseed an existing one. Most grass seeds that you scatter in late October or early November will thicken and be well established by spring. Over-seeding a healthy existing lawn works wonders but if you have multiple bare spots, using a grass patch is a super alternative.

“What type of grass should I plant?” you may be thinking. Several readers have asked about UC Verde buffalograss. Although I have never set out plugs of this buffalograss, it is my understanding that this particular grass must be planted in the spring as it goes dormant in the winter, allowing for more weeds to take hold. It is also work intensive as you cannot just toss seeds or plant sod.  Plugs need to be planted on a twelve-inch center. Once established, it is resistant to most turf damaging insects and diseases and requires less water than other grasses.  Since it is seedless, it produces less seed heads resulting in less pollen, which may be of interest to allergy sufferers.

My personal preferences to obtaining a greener grass is to use seeds from Pearl’s Premium (www.PearlsPremium.com), red or white clover, or plant plugs of isotoma, also known as blue star creeper. Full disclosure, I do not work for, nor have I any affiliation with any of these three favorite lawn alternatives. I recommend them because they work. You can plant just one species for a clean, fresh, green blanket of tactile grass, or you can mix and match as long as you realize that your lawn will resemble a patchwork quilt.

Here’s a run down on my three preferred lawns:

Pearl’s Premium: www.PearlsPremium.com

Although you can start from scratch, I really appreciate being able to over seed my existing lawn with grass seed that grows roots to 20 inches deep, starves out the weeds, and is easy to maintain. Pearl’s Premium is constantly upgrading its seed to be the most effective for creating a beautiful lawn. This past year it added a thin white coating to the seed to help gardeners know where exactly the seed has been tossed. The coating also thwarts our feathered diners, although I suggest putting screens over areas with new lawn seed if you witness birds pecking at the ground. Spread the lawn seed at a rate of 10 pounds per 1000 square feet right over your existing lawn. Add organic fertilizer and top dress with ¼ inch of organic compost.  I like to spread the seed right before a rain, but otherwise water twice a day until the grass sprouts then, be attentive to watering needs. In our warmer climate, to maintain the greenest color, you may have to water deeply twice a week, but it will be less than using other grass seeds. Once established, the lawn gets so lush and thick that you may need to adjust your sprinkler heads. Although many people have indicated that they mow once a month, I have found that for the most manicured look, it is necessary to mow at least twice a month, or ideally, once a week at a mower height of 3.5 inches.

Clover
At one time clover was systematically eradicated from lawns using pesticides. But as gardeners now realize the importance of organic living, more homeowners are including clover in their grass. As a legume, clover has ability to turn nitrogen into fertilizer using the bacteria in its root system. It stays green all year, even when it is not watered on a regular basis. I love it because it thrives in conditions where other grass seeds struggle. It does fine in the sun or the shade and even in poorly drained soil. My favorite parts of growing clover besides its self-fertilizing system, are the beautiful pink or white flowers that crown the tops of the clover when it is left uncut. Butterflies, bees, and beneficial insects flock to clover. Don’t be afraid of the honeybees as they usually don’t sting when away from their hives. Clover does best when it is mixed with grass seed. I mix mine with Pearl’s Premium. Try incorporating 2 ounces of clover for 1000 square feet of lawn.
By planting the two together, you’ll have a minimum care green lawn.

Isotoma—Blue Star Creeper
This lawn substitute is best used in small areas or between stepping stones. I like it for its tiny blue star flowers that surface and shine brightly spring through summer.  I would only use it in combination with clover and Pearl’s Premium because I have found that in the cold months it has a tendency to look brown and ragged. It likes full sunshine, doesn’t require much water, and sustains immense foot traffic, both human and animal, without damage. It sends out runners and creeps along and is especially good as a ground cover. If you like the idea of a patchwork lawn, buy a flat or two of isotoma and plant the plugs randomly throughout your existing grass as a filler and thriller.

For homeowners who want instant gratification, sod is the answer. The caveat with planting sod is that the roots don’t grow deeply enough and sod has a shorter lifespan. You can lengthen the longevity by over-seeding when bare spots begin appearing. By throwing seed on top of the sod, keeping the grass watered and fed, you’ll be able to have a long lasting green oasis.

Benefits of Maintaining a Lawn

Although many people tend to discourage lawns in landscapes as a water conservation method, I am a firm believer that the humble grass shoot offers benefits to our health and wellbeing.  Besides the fact that children and animals enjoy a safe, comfortable place to tumble and toss, lawns contribute to better air quality by trapping dust and smoke particles while cooling the air from the ground up. Our environments are made more habitable by the generation of oxygen absorbing the pollutants of carbon and sulfur dioxide. Lawns clean the air we breathe. Erosion is controlled because water can’t carve deep recesses in a thickly planted lawn. Water filters through turf grass making our ground waters safer and cleaner for the environment. A patch of green soothes the eye in viewing a landscape, offering a resting space between the color explosions of flowers and shrubs. And a huge plus in our fire prone communities, lawns offer a buffer zone for fire prevention.

The grass will only be greener if you maintain it. You’ll be rewarded with better health for you and the environment. Your green grass is your safety zone. May all your roughness be smoothed as you delight in your velvet verdure.

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Garden Guide

⎫    FIRE danger is at a high point this month. Be alert. Remove brush, wood, dry grass, and all other flammable materials from around the perimeter of your home.  Clear your roof and gutters of leaves. Create 100 feet of defensible space around your home and structures.

⎫    SIGN up for emergency notifications at www.nixle.us. The easiest way is to do it through text messaging on your smart phone. Text 888777.  In the message area, type in your zip code. You will get an alert in case of any impending emergency.

⎫    APPLY deer repellent to young trees and shrubs. As winter nears the deer are hungrier and will do damage to saplings causing branch injury and even inviting diseases.

⎫    EAT fresh locally grown figs and grapes.

⎫    CHECK for decay or damage to trees to thwart injury or downing of trees when storms arrive.

⎫    MULCH your landscape to prevent erosion in winter and protect plants from a freeze.

⎫    SWIM a few laps in a garden pool before the cold weather begins.

⎫    ORDER my new gardening book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, from my on-line store and receive extra goodies. 25 % of the sales will benefit Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 helping in disaster relief. http://www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store

PRAY for the firefighters, first responders, evacuees, shelter volunteers and everyone that is affected by this most disastrous fire in California history. Napa County is my birthplace and the home of my family, our ranch, and vineyards. We will rise again!

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!

Read more in the Lamorinda Weekly:https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1117/Digging-Deep-with-Cynthia-Brian-The-grass-is-always-greener.html
Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3. Please make a donation to help with hurricane disaster relief at www.BetheStarYouAre.org.  
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Iron E Singleton & Walking Dead, California On Fire, Evacuation Kits, PTSD sign

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

IronE Singleton is best known to audiences as the menacing kingpin Alton in the Academy® Oscar Award-nominated film THE BLIND SIDE; the biggest box office grossing sports movie of all time. He is also known as the compassionate tough guy, T-Dog, in the Emmy, AFI & WGA Award winning, Golden Globe nominated TV show THE WALKING DEAD. IronE talks with Cynthia Brian about his world tour of his one man show, Blindsided by the Walking Dead.

The most deadly and devastating fire in California history is still raging in the beautiful wine country of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Solano counties. The death toll from this towering inferno continues to rise as over 10,000 firefighters and first responders from around the USA, Canada, and Australia battle the blazes. The smoke is spewing dangerous toxins across the Bay Area as scientists speculate that catastrophic fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, and earthquakes will be the new norm plaguing our world.

Many people are suffering from PTSD surrounding all of these disasters. Learn the signs and what you can do. Also learn to pack an emergency evacuation kit.

 

Bio for IronE: Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, IronE Singleton’s story embodies everything about the lives of many inner-city youth growing up in low-income housing projects. Fatherless and having lost his mother to HIV/AIDS when he was a senior in high school and watched his brother spend most of his life in Georgia’s prison system, IronE fought to have a different life. The “irony” of his story is that, while all the odds were stacked against him, IronE Singleton overcame his troubled childhood to attend the University of Georgia on academic and football scholarships. Singleton wrote, directed and performed a critically acclaimed One Man Stage production entitled Blindsided by the Walking Dead as well as his autobiography chronicling his life from poverty to fame. IronE is also a lyricist with his debut, 10 track album, Hip-Hopcrisy.  His ambition is to encourage, inspire, and motivate us all towards positive change for the betterment of humanity. http://www.ironesingleton.com

Listen at Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103033/california-on-fire-and-irone-blindsided-by-the-walking-dead

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

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Help with Hurricane & Fire Relief: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

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

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October 17 2017

connections

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ― Herman Melville

What does it mean to be connected? In today’s highly contentious and divided political climate, there’s an urgent need for people of all faiths and cultures to clarify, communicate, connect, and live our values into action. Hosts Zahra Hasanian and Brigitte Jia interview author of the new book, The Forever Letter, Rabbi Elana Zaiman who works to bridge and heal the values divide by helping people of all faiths and cultures to acknowledge, celebrate, and communicate their values, wisdom and love in powerful and lasting ways with the people who matter to them most. Zahra offers insights on how hope and connecting are healing partners and Brigitte takes music to a new level to connect the world.

Be the Star You Are!® is collecting donations to help with Operation Hurricane and Fire Disaster Relief. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

BIO: Elana Zaiman, the first woman rabbi from a family spanning six generations of rabbis, has spent her life bringing people together. She is the chaplain at The Summit at First Hill retirement community in Seattle and is a certified Wise Aging instructor. Elana is the Ethics and Spirituality writer at LivFun, a publication for Leisure Care retirement facilities in ten states. As a volunteer, Elana is a co-partner in Seattle Sewing Circles, bringing together Jews, Muslims, and Christians to create feminine hygiene kits for girls in Cameroon, Africa. Elana speaks and teaches regularly at synagogues, churches, interfaith gatherings, social service agencies, geriatric residencies, women’s organizations, and elder-law, healthcare, and financial and estate planning conferences. Over the years, Elana has served as a rabbi at synagogues around the country, Prior to her ordination, she was the Adult Program Associate at Brandeis-Bardin Institute. www.ElanaZaiman.com

Listen at Voice America Kids network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/103028/connection

Be the Star You Are!® is collecting donations to help with Operation Hurricane and Fire Disaster Relief. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-operation-hurricane-disaste

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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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October 11 2017

Tom Petty Tribute, Protecting Your Information

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

"Learning to fly, but I ain't got wings" sang the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty. He was among America’s greatest songwirters and sold millions of records worldwide as leader of the Heartbreakers.  He died at 66. Heather Brittany bids farewell as she discusses his impact on music, culture, and the day of his death coinciding with the Las Vegas concert shooting. Tom has wings now. Fly on!

You've probably spent time thinking about investment risk. But have you stopped to think about more personal security issues, such as the safety of your online financial transactions and information stored on your computers? While most people recognize that online fraud or cybercrime is a potential threat, few know how or why they may be at risk. Cybercrime can take many forms, and understanding who the enemies are and how they commit crimes may allow you to better defend yourself. Cynthia Brian walks you through ways to protect yourself and your finances.

Prayers, blessings, and positive thoughts to all the fire fighters and first responders battling the California blazes.

Listen at Voice America Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/102808/tom-petty-tribute-protecting-your-information

Read Press Pass: Read Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2017/10/09/tom-petty-tribute-protecting-information/

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

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The Gift of Career Building and Novelist Danielle M. Wong

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”— Milton Berle

A very special program with the debut novel, Swearing Off Stars from Danielle Wong who was a valued volunteer with Be the Star You Are!® charity as a teenager. This show focuses on career building and we honor Danielle for building her career to live her dreams of becoming a published author. Danielle shares her journey–the obstacles, and inspirations. Spread across time and place, the story of love found and lost is one of desire, adventure, and ultimately, devotion. Jack Pawlakos researched and divulged trends in careers, especially the innovations in technology than have enabled people to experience working for themselves. In the final segment, hosts Brigitte Jia and Katie Choo read Danielle Wong’s chapter, The Gift of Faith, from Be the Star You Are!® for Teens and talk about the trajectory from dreaming as a youth to doing as an adult. A very exciting and inspiration broadcast that you won’t want to miss.

BIO: Danielle Wong is an emerging author living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Writer by day and reader by night, she loves creating and consuming all forms of media. Beyond her love of writing, Danielle is a passionate traveler and photographer. She was fortunate enough to tag along on her father’s business trips during childhood, and has explored more than 25 different countries. Seeing so much of the world at a young age shaped her unique perspective on life. Her writing has been published on several websites, including The Huffington Post, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, and Her Campus. Danielle was a volunteer leader with Be the Star You Are!® charity during her youth. She has a short story published in Be The Star You Are For Teens, appeared on TV to promote the book, and is currently working on her next novel. daniellemwong.com

Listen at Voice America Kids network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/102866/career-building-and-swearing-off-stars

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October 5 2017

Just Hanging Out

By Cynthia Brian

“Delicious autumn!”  George Elliot

The harvest of grapes, pears, figs, and apples is in full swing. My Ribier grape vine has twined its way into my crabapple tree and I now have a “grape tree” with succulent bunches hanging from branches. If we can keep the squirrels, rats, raccoons, rabbits, and birds away, we will be picking pumpkins, winter squash, walnuts, olives, persimmons, and pomegranates soon. The season of delicious and nutritious has arrived.  

Besides the delectable edibles on the trees, vines, and in the garden, I find myself falling for hanging baskets of spectacular beauty. From the vineyards of Temecula in Southern California to the coastline towns on the Oregon coast, everywhere I travel I’ve witnessed glorious displays of cascading flowers.  Hanging from pergolas, lampposts, balconies, porches, and patios, these bloom filled tubs trump the fern and Spider plant baskets of by-gone days.  The prolific blooms of petunias, fuchsias, impatiens, and verbena extend the flowering season with a myriad of bright colors in purple, pink, white, blue, and yellow. As long as the flowers are deadheaded when they are spent, the masses of blooms will continue to be stunning show stoppers until the first frost.  Contrasting colors, bright foliage, and appealing textures highlight these artistic, fashionable forms.

Even edibles work well in hanging baskets.  Peas, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, nasturtiums, and any herbs are great contributors. You can even mix and match with vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Butterflies and hummingbirds will be constant visitors. For a no-care container, fill it with succulents. Hanging baskets are especially perfect for brightening small areas.

Creating a hanging masterpiece is quite simple and you can enjoy the beauty from spring until winter.

Suggested Bold Statements for PlantingVerbena
Calibrachoa
Cascading petunia
Fuchsia
Impatiens
Lobelia
Cyclamen
Geranium
Ivy
Marigold
Asparagus fern
Sweet potato vine
Begonia
Vinca
Heliotrope
Schizanthus
Viola
Dianthus
Osteospermum
Coleus
Sweet alyssum
Bacopa
Snapdragon
New Guinea impatiens

How to Make a Hanging Basket
1.    Any sturdy container that has a hole in the bottom can work including buckets, colanders, or old boots. Plastic planters are the least expensive, however they are also the least attractive. Once the plantings are mature, the container could be covered with greenery, but I prefer to use a wire basket.  Line the wire basket with sphagnum moss, coco-fiber, burlap, or even discarded fabric and soak the liner overnight.
2.    Add a lightweight potting soil to cover a few inches of the bottom. Don’t use garden soil as it is too heavy. The goal is to have a lightweight soil that doesn’t compact to promote proper drainage.
3.    Plant the flowers, herbs, vegetables you wish and cover with soil.
4.    Water thoroughly, making sure that the soil doesn’t wash away.
5.    Fill with more soil.
6.    Water again.
7.    Add moss top layer to help with water retention.
8.    If you are using a wire basket, poke holes in various places and plant your specimens to exhibit a full, rounded globe.
9.    Anchor hooks securely to an area that receives ample sunlight.  Keep in mind these baskets can become very heavy.
10.     Water daily, or check if the basket needs water by inserting a stick into the soil. If it comes at dry, you need to water. Never let the soil get soggy or the roots will drown and the plants will die.
11.    Feed monthly with a water-soluble fertilizer or use plant spikes or slow-release fertilizers.

Hanging baskets add the “wow” to any landscape and provide instant curb appeal.  When edibles are included, you’ll be able to have a meal from a wheel. Fill, spill, and thrill. This is a delicious autumn!

Cynthia Brian’s October Gardening Guide
⎫    CLEAR brush, debris, wood, and other flammables from around the perimeter of your house. Fire season is most dangerous in October as everything is so dry. For more information or assistance visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/
⎫    PREPARE soil for reseeding or sowing lawn or adding sod. Next issue I’ll be discussing planting lawns in more detail.
⎫    DEADHEAD annuals and perennials for continuous blooming until frost.
⎫    CUT off spent rose blossoms to get another flush of blooms through Christmas.
⎫    TAKE photos of your trees as they begin their autumn wardrobe change.
⎫    PLANT garlic bulbs and cool season vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard,
⎫    REFRIGERATE spring blooming bulbs including crocus, hyacinth, and tulip. Mark paper bags and keep cold until planting time in mid November through January.
⎫    VISIT your favorite nursery to find trees for fall planting. This next month is a prime time for planting trees and shrubs.
⎫    BEWARE of the danger of creosote poisoning if railroad ties were used in your landscape. The EPA has stated that humans should not use creosote treated railroad ties where frequent or prolonged bare skin contact can occur.
⎫    EXPERIMENT with designing hanging baskets for your landscape.
⎫    BE vigilant of deterring skunks, rats, and other rodents from your property. As the weather turns inclement, they will be looking for shelter.
⎫    VISIT a petting zoo of rescued and adopted animals. Zeus, the camel, became my buddy.
⎫    PLUNGE into a swimming pool, then share a glass of local vino with a friend.
⎫    ENJOY an Indian summer of warm days and cool nights. Get outside for a bit of forest bathing to savor the deliciousness of fall.

Just hang around! We are so blessed to live with four glorious seasons.

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!
read more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1116/Cynthia-Brians-Gardening-Guide-for-October-Just-hanging-around.html
Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3. Please make a donation to help with hurricane disaster relief at www.BetheStarYouAre.org.  
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Available for hire for any gardening project.  
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October 4 2017

Mind over Diabetes, Financial Disaster Planning Kit, Grape Escape

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

Can you fight diabetes with positive thoughts? Stress and anxiety contribute to diabetes. New research indicates that we may be able to ward off or control diabetes with our mind. Find out how on StarStyle.

If a calamity happened to you today, do you have an emergency financial plan? We never know when a disaster will turn our lives upside down but having a plan for your money will help you navigate the muddy waters.

It’s grape harvest time. Fall ushers in the picking of the grapes to make the wine that we all enjoy. Learn a bit of history of the California vineyards then raise your glass for a sip of the nectar of the gods.

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/102667/mind-over-diabetes-financial-disaster-planning-kit-grape-escape

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October 3 2017

Literature

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

•    Literature is the mapping of our souls. It offers hope. Reporter Chelsea Pelchat starts off the show with a historical look at literature and its ramifications through the ages. Hosts Brigitte Jia and Zahra Hasanian discuss a warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place with author Ashley Shelby's South Pole Station, a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to band together when everything around you falls apart. Our hosts later talk about the impact of literature in a personal introspective. What is function of literature in your life? Is it a tool for communication, source of entertainment, way to express oneself, method of creating art, or a way to gain knowledge? Think about it, then pick up a great book and dive in! Reading is power.

Bio:

Ashley Shelby is a novelist and former journalist living in the Twin Cities. Her novel, South Pole Station, was published in 2017 and received praise from the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, USA Today, Library Journal, and was named an IndieNext Pick and a New York Times Editor's Choice. She received an MFA from Columbia University and is currently at work on her second novel. www.ashleyshelby.com

Listen at Voice America Kids network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/102723/the-gift-of-literature

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September 28 2017

Homeowners Insurance, Home Budget Upgrades, Having Enough

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life enhancing results. It's party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come play in StarStyle Country.

Do you understand your homeowner’s insurance policy? It’s time for a refresher course. It only takes one major plumbing leak, a fire, hurricane, or other disaster to bankrupt you if you don’t have adequate cover. Find out what you must know to protect your investment.

As a certified California interior designer for over two decades, Cynthia Brian, ASID, learned a few tricks to update a home on a budget. Discover ways you can make your residence look fresh, new, and current with a few DIY tricks that cost very little.

When is “enough” enough? We set goals for ourselves, decide on a monetary mountain we must reach, then when we achieve these things we want more. Sometimes we have to take a breath and realize that “enough” is a great place to be.

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September 26 2017

Sexuality

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

What is sexuality? Most people will immediately assume we are talking about engaging in a sexual act, however, sexuality is not just about sex. From birth until death, every person is a sexual being. Sexuality defines our gender and can be a complex aspect of our personality. It is how we feel about ourselves. Sexuality is not so much about what you do, but who you are. Hosts Brigitte Jia and Katie Choo interview Dr. Karen Rayne about her book, GIRL: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, a growing-up guide for the 21st century by Karen Rayne, PhD—a nationally recognized educator, trainer, author, and expert in sexuality education. Welcoming and inclusive of all self-identified girls, GIRL is uncensored, unbiased, and jam-packed with what today’s teenage girls want and need to know about healthy sexuality, loving relationships, and gender fluidity, as well as thornier subjects such as STI’s, consent, and sexual assault. The hosts also read The Gift of Sexuality by Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany from the book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens and Katie gives insights about careers involving the study of sexuality.

Karen’s bio:
Karen Rayne, PhD, is an educator, trainer, and nationally recognized expert on sexuality. Karen lives in Austin, TX, where she runs a sexuality-education nonprofit called Unhushed, working with people of all ages to make information and conversations about sexuality accessible. Her goal is to ensure everyone has someone to talk with about sexuality and a place to find honest, accurate information. Because she can't talk with everyone, she writes books like this one. http://karenrayne.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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September 22 2017

The Grape Escape

By Cynthia Brian

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” Louis Pasteur

Wherever you travel in California, you’ll witness miles and miles of beautiful vineyards. Over 90% of all the wine made in America is produced in our golden state. The cultivation of Vitis vinefera dates back to the Neolithic period, more than 7,000 years ago. Grape growing and the making of wine are as old as civilization itself.

In California, Father Junipero Serra planted the first vineyard at Mission San Diego Alcala in 1779 and the Spanish continued planting grapes at each mission they founded to provide wine for the Mass and the masses. The Gold Rush ushered in a time of great demand for wine as prospectors and settlers increased the population of California.

Lamorinda became a wine region in 1880 when the Trelut brothers became squatters at the top of Bollinger Canyon in Moraga, cultivated grapes, and readied the wine. In 1887 Theodore Wagner (Wagner Ranch in Orinda) supplied grapes to immigrant Italians in San Francisco’s North Beach. By 1907, Serafino Rossi made the four to five hour trek to Oakland over Fish Ranch Road from Lafayette to sell his grapes and produce. In the late 19th century a parasite that feeds on and destroys the roots of vines, Phylloxera infested vineyards.  The national Prohibition Act of 1919 uprooted vineyards, destroyed cellars, and outlawed the sale and consumption of alcohol. Between these two major calamities, the wine industry in America collapsed.

The resurgence for demand of California wines didn’t occur until after 1976 when California wines won top awards for both red and white varietals in a blind tasting at the historic upheaval competition against the best of Bordeaux vintages known as The Judgment of Paris. The renaissance of viticulture in California began anew.

Here in Lamorinda, amateur farmers were experimenting with growing grapes again, too. The climates and micro-climates are protected from coastal cooling, the slopes are carved from young sedimentary rock, the soil’s content is mostly clay, sunshine is abundant, and drainage is satisfactory. With homes built on large lots, small vineyards began to flourish.  

Having grown up in the vineyards of Napa county, when I first heard about Captain Vineyards, I thought the name was a charming play of viticulture publicity. Then, I learned that “Captain” was the surname of the owners, Sal and Susan Captain who moved to Moraga in 1989 to raise their four children.  Sal was a Vice President, engineer, and researcher at a multinational medical device company, while Susan spent her days carpooling, volunteering, and juggling kids as a hands-on mom. Being wine aficionados, they had traveled extensively to many wine regions of the world and realized that their hillside in Moraga possessed the perfect terroir, soil, slope, and climate to grow grapes. Susan, with a B. S. in Statistics, especially admired the farming culture and went to work to learn as much as possible about enology and viticulture, taking classes at UC Davis, Sonoma City College, Napa Community College as well as attending symposiums and conferences in related subjects. By forming friendships with vintners from many states and countries, the Captain’s learned quickly.

Following cultivating techniques from Tuscany, the French Rhone Valley, and the German Heidelberg region as well as Napa Valley their hillside acreage was planted on their 20-35% slopes ensuring ten hours of summer sunlight, excellent drainage, and soil erosion prevention. The vines and rows of their six red varietals––Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cab Franc––are established in a 3’ x 5’ matrix with vines spur trained to limit production to less than five pounds per vine resulting in a complexity of flavor and body. As dry farmers, the grapes rely on rainfall or minimal watering only to keep the vines alive, not to increase production. Dry farming results in bolder body, richness, and character.

When Sal retired in 2008, he devoted himself to becoming a winemaker with a bonded winery. Captain Vineyards was the first green winery in Contra Costa County dedicated to utilizing sustainable vineyard practices. Sal and Susan have designed and established twelve vineyards for other landowners ranging in size from 35 vines to over 3000 vines.
Sal’s “grape escape” hasn’t allowed him to desert his engineering background. He orients vineyards to the topography while maintaining aesthetics. Soils characteristics are never adjusted with chemicals. Synthetic pesticides or herbicides are not used or recommended. Instead all vineyard and winery waste and output is recycled back to the soil. Although his expertise is in demand, he says that he talks more people out of planting a vineyard than planting one!

In 2005, The Lamorinda Winegrower’s Association (LWGA) was established to create a community of people who share a passion for grape growing and wine making. One of the stated missions of the LWGA was to establish an AVA (American Viticultural Area) for Lamorinda. With Susan as President of LWGA,with the help of Dave Rey, AVA committee leader, and all of the members of LWGA, that goal was accomplished on March 25, 2016. At application 139 acres of planted vines and future planned plantings were recorded. The AVA for Lamorinda covers 29,369 acres making Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga an official wine country destination.

There are currently 76 members of the LWGA although there are many households who grow grapes but have not joined the group. By federal law, for a winery to post the "Lamorinda" AVA on a bottle, 85% of the grapes must be grown in Lafayette, Moraga, or Orinda. If a winery needs other grapes to blend with their wine, it is allowed as long as the outside grape content is less than 15%. This protects the unique qualities and individuality of a region.

Two other intriguing local growers that I interviewed for Digging Deep, both members of the LWGA, have vineyards planted and managed by Sal and Susan. NOET Vineyard, owned by Kristiina and Eero Teerikorpi, grows solely Cabernet Sauvignon. Eero and Tiina continue the great tradition of excellent California Cabs grown by immigrants from Finland, started by a sea captain and an entrepreneur Gustave Niebaum. In the late 1800s, Gustave was one of the early premier wine growers in California on his Inglenook winery. (As an interesting side note, my Mother was born across the street in Rutherford from Inglenook on the property of Beaulieu Winery.) To fully close the circle, Eero is also an entrepreneur, navy officer and avid sailor. After 15 years living in London and commuting to Milan working in the fashion industry, Michel Smith, with her husband David Ledesma escaped to Northern California where they discovered a hidden gem of a mid century home complete with a vineyard planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot on an Orinda hillside. They credit the Captains with passionately training, teaching, and managing the vineyard while making the wine that comes from their grapes.

When to harvest is a combination of science and taste. Now that the grape skins are soft, the seeds are brown and crunchy, the berries exude that elusive bouquet of blackberry, plum, and blueberry. Once the sugar content or Brix has been measured (never more than 24 Brix or the alcohol buzz is overpowering), the harvest commences with clusters picked by hand. In recent years it’s been challenging finding reliable and knowledgeable pickers for hire. Families, friends, and wine members assist in this time-consuming, centuries old ritual.

After the grapes are picked, the artistry begins. Grapes are the only fruit that possess the necessary esters, acids, and tannins to make a consistent and stable wine. The acidity, flavor, and sweetness need to be perfectly balanced. Although every wine master varies the technique, the five basic steps to the wine making process are harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and aging and bottling. Sal likes to use new French oak barrels for the first 12 months. Het hen transfers the juice to older barrels for 36-50 months for his Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet. The Pinot Noir is aged for 24 to 30 months.

The 2017 vintage will produce excellent wines as the bloom was fantastic and the berries are spectacular. How privileged we are to have dedicated grape growers who share their talents and time to bring us the gift of wines from the vines.

Dionysus, the Greek god of grapes, wine, and winemaking and his Roman counterpart, Bacchus raise their mutual glasses in admiration after a visit to the vineyards of Lamorinda.

Salute!

“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” Benjamin Franklin

Read more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1115/Digging-Deep-with-Cynthia-Brian-Lamorinda-winegrowers-join-a-long-distinguished-line-of-grape-cultivation.html

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!

Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3. Please make a donation to help with hurricane disaster relief at www.BetheStarYouAre.org.

 
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SIDEBAR:
Captain Vineyards offers tours and tasting by appointment only.  Call us 925-330-2440, or visit our http://captainvineyards.com for bookings. Classes are offered through the Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette Parks and Recreation Departments on the second Sunday of each month.  A Viticulture 4 H project and high school wise programs are offered.  

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