February 16 2017

Love & Money, Grain Healthy, Sowing, Crowing, & Meet the Beets

f you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve 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.

Valentine’s is over but hopefully the love keeps on growing.  The single biggest lover’s spat concerns money.  The future of your relationship may depend on how you handle finances.  Love and money can be bedmates and you’ll get the strategies to help you navigate.

If you are buying foods with whole grain labels, you probably think you are a making the healthy choice. But think again. The term “whole grain” has become meaningless. Discover the fraudulent red flags and advertising tricks that could compromise your well-being.

Cynthia Brian credits her childhood rooster, Chanticleer, for helping her be where she is today.  You’ll learn the back story of why she’s been known as “The Chicken Lady”, get tips for February gardening, and find out why, the beet goes on as a potential performance booster.

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97386/love-and-money-grain-healthy-sowing-crowing-and-meet-the-beets

Check out this episode on StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:  http://www.starstyleradio.com/starstyle-radio

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

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 February Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0f6f9ec609/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

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

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

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®
http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/
Read about our SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS: READ AT PRESS PASS: http://vapresspass.com/2015/04/23/something-to-crow-about-at-express-yourself/
Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2
Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html
Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

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

Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org
Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHglz05pBvI&feature=youtu.be

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

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About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
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Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

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February 15 2017

Valentine’s Day

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

Cupid is aiming his arrow your way and our Express Yourself!¡ teens have super ideas on how you can spend a stupendous Valentine’s Day, with or without a significant other. Hosts Brigitte Jia and Asya Gonzalez along with Maria Wong offer fun and inexpensive tips to have a memorable day of love.  Open your heart to send a sweet thank you to our men and women in the armed forces. Or bring Valentine’s to shelters. Give the gift of books and homemade cookies, crafts, and caring other things. Tons of great creativity and love pour forth with this program along with links to websites to help you enjoy a special Valentine’s Day. Make a tax-deductible donation in the name of someone you love. Visit www.BetheStarYouAre.org. And don’t forget to love yourself first! “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance." - Oscar Wilde

Listen at Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97361/valentines-day

Read more: https://vapresspass.com/2017/02/11/valentines-day-celebration-cynthia-brian/

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 to stock up for Christmas/Hannukah 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
#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA February Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0f6f9ec609/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

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

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

February 9 2017

Something to Crow About

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian

Something to Crow About!
By Cynthia Brian

“I raised chickens because I love that feeling of being in the country and living from the soil” Eartha Kitt

With 2017 being the Year of the Rooster, I am excited to share my gratitude to the poultry that graced my life.
 
Chanticleer may be the reason I am where I am today. When I was eight years old I announced to my parents that I wanted to be able to go to college.  Since my grandparents had barely finished sixth to eighth grades and my parents had high school diplomas, I would be the first person in my family to strive for a university degree.  It was decided that the only way this dream would be possible is if I financed it myself.  My brilliant idea was to raise chickens, sell the eggs, and enter competitions at fairs to earn the cash.  

My first clutch of chickens yielded nine pullets and three cockerels.  My favorite rooster was Chanticleer, a beautiful Rhode Island Red, who followed me everywhere.  A great deal of time was spent with my brood of twelve as I began my farm fresh egg business through my membership in the 4-H Club.  When fair season rolled around, I entered Chanticleer and my hens in the appropriate categories including showmanship. Chanticleer and I won blue ribbons and were named Grand Champions in every competition at every event, including the California State Fair.  At fairs outside the county where I resided it was necessary to enter Chanticleer in “open division” meaning I wasn’t competing against other children or 4-Her’s but was competing with professional breeders and adult hobbyists. Chanticleer still won Grand Champion and soon I was being heralded as a “California Champion Rooster Raiser” and “The Chicken Lady”  (Of course when I was a teenager I wasn’t enamored with those titles, but today I cherish the honors.) Throughout my teens I raised hundreds of hens and several roosters, but Chanticleer remained the king of the roost, a media star, and a winning companion.

Weeds and grass were fed to the barnyard animals as well as scraps from our table. The hens scratched, ate worms, and fertilized the yard. The manure from the chicken coop was shoveled into a pile to age for three years before it was mixed into the flowerbeds. (Chicken manure is “hot” and will burn your plants if it is not seasoned.) Everything was recycled in the perfect circle of organic living. Eggs were gathered twice a day and delivered to customers twice a week. I saved every penny and documented every expense.

Chanticleer lived a very long, happy life and I will always be grateful for his friendship, his beautiful stature, and his profitable deportment. By the time I was eighteen I had indeed earned enough dollars from my poultry project, farm labor jobs, and scholarships to pay my college tuition at both UCLA and CAL Berkeley.  And that is something to crow about!

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for February Fun

TRAIN a climbing rose up an arch, arbor, obelisk, or wall to enjoy the strong fragrances of myrrh, tea, and fruit. For 15% off David Austin Roses use coupon code ULA before February 24th at http://www.davidaustinroses.com.
PICK up all camellias that fall to the ground to eliminate disease to the mother plant.
CLEAN outdoor garden drains. When water flooded my patio it was because five gallons of mud was clogging two drains. The good news…lots of earthworms.
CUT a few branches from willows to experience the opening buds.
WATCH out for woodpeckers damaging your buildings.
BRING cymbidium orchids indoors to enjoy months of beautiful blooms.
PRUNE grapevines while the canes are dormant and brittle.
PROTECT citrus trees from freezing. If your trees are too large, pick the fruit before a freeze threatens.
PLACE a bouquet of blooms by your bedside for a better night’s sleep.
PLANT your favorite summer blooming bulbs including pollinator magnets like dinner plate dahlias.
CROW at the clouds and scratch in the dirt. It’s the year of the red fire chicken.
HIKE a trail that meanders through our beautiful creeks.
LAST chance to get your roses and vines pruned. My pruning is finally completed.
AGE your chicken manure before adding it to the garden. To tickle your imagination, Eartha Kitt raised her chickens in Beverly Hills!
EMAIL me when you need a consultation.

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!

Read more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1025/Digging-Deep-Something-to-crow-about.html

©2017
Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, 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.
Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show at www.StarStyleRadio.net
Available for hire for any project.  
Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com
www.GoddessGardener.com
925-377-STAR
 

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February 8 2017

Show the Love!, Home Recharge, Success from Stress

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve 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.

Valentine’s is fast approaching and it’s time to put on the amour. Before you can share the love, you have to love yourself. How do you do that? Join Cynthia Brian on her Cupid Tour de Force with a fun look at a fishy romantic attachment.

We used to want to go out every night, but the new trend, especially with Millennials is to stay home to recharge. We’ll talk with our guest about nesting to socialize.

You are brave, strong, and resilient but are you good at managing stress? We need to shift our perspective from being nervous and anxious to being calm and collected. Cynthia Brian helps you be more mindful.

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97281/show-the-love-home-recharge-success-from-stress

Check out this episode on StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:  http://www.starstyleradio.com/starstyle-radio

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

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 February Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0f6f9ec609/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

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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Equality in America

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

Equality brings the passion out in our teen reporters and hosts. Asya Gonzalez focuses on women’s equality at home, in the workplace, and in society and doesn’t like the term “women’s lib” because it insinuates inequality. Brigitte wants to see more equality in entertainment with lead roles depicting people from all nations as well as in education.  Zahra wants to see every individual treated with respect as she discusses equality versus equity, oppression versus privilege. Maria Wong concentrates on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. highlighting the inequality in the Alabama justice system, and the need for equality -- which can be achieved through justice and mercy.
Dictionary Reference defines Equality as “The state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability: promoting equality of opportunity in the workplace”.
We all have red blood. Everyone is equal. Equality equals freedom.

Listen at Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97234/the-gift-of-equality

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

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 to stock up for Christmas/Hannukah 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
#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA February Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0f6f9ec609/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

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

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

February 1 2017

Preventing Car Theft, Communication, Winter Wonders, Brave Aging

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve 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.

Did you know that the Honda Accord and Honda Civic are the two vehicles that are stolen the most? Do you know what colors thieves prefer? Find out how to prevent your car from being stolen by being proactive with safety.

Communicating clearly is a skill that everyone needs. How do you get your desires heard without being overbearing or demanding? Guidelines to expressing yourself in an approachable win/win manner are forthcoming.

Grab your coat, hat, gloves, and boots. Wander around your garden to admire the wonder of the winter garments nature has provided. If you have mobility issues, Cynthia Brian will share how to get your yard chores accomplished by doing the next best thing.

Learn ideas on how to imagine your future as you grow older. What will be your legacy and how can you cultivate freedom, happiness, and peace for the moments in your years?

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel :https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97125/preventing-car-theft-communication-winter-wonders

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2017/01/31/preventing-car-theft-communication-winter-wonders-cynthia-brian/

Check out this episode on StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:  http://www.starstyleradio.com/starstyle-radio

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

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 February Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/0f6f9ec609/288055965/ac7221bc2f/

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
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Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®
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Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
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Happy New Year

Happy Year of the Fire Rooster
from Cynthia Brian

Having grown up on a farm raising chickens and selling the eggs to finance my university education, I have great respect and admiration for the good-looking, courageous roosters and their loyal, family oriented girls. I know 2017 is going to be a terrific year for all of us as we work together to build a better world through bravery, passion, and boldness. At Be the Star You Are!®, we strive to be role models of encouragement, energy, and enthusiasm for living. You, too, can be an example of excellence with a little help from Karen Kitchel’s article below.

We invite you to collaborate with us this year. If you are hosting an event and seeking a charity to be the beneficiary offering extensive media and social media publicity, consider Be the Star You Are!® as your candidate. If you would like to sponsor an outreach program, we welcome your involvement.  Donations are always appreciated and can easily be made on-line through PAYPAL GIVING fund with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the charity.  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
We are listing many other ways to help below including shopping via Amazon Smile.

Make sure to listen to our radio programs. StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on Wednesdays 4-5pm PT LIVE and Express Yourself!™ airs on Tuesdays at NOONPT. For guidelines on becoming a guest, shoot me an email at Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org.

Be on the look out for our new books debuting in 2017. Even our teens will be getting published! We will keep you informed on the progress.

I look forward to sharing experiences to help you reach your goals as we create community through communication.

Wishing you many blessings, health, abundance in this year of the fire rooster.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Start crowing!

Cynthia Brian
Executive Director
Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556
www.BetheStarYouAre.org
Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org
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We have been asked to list the many ways you can help.

Shop, Give, and Get Connected!
If you love to shop online, you'll love the ways you can be donating to Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny more, and sometimes saving a lot. The next time you want to buy ANYTHING, click on one of our links and you'll
be supporting BTSYA while getting the best value for yourself!

Ways to Help

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882
2. Discounted books at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity
3. Buy or Sell on EBAY: http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link
4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores,. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too! http://www.goodsearch.com/goodto-go/be-the-star-you-are
5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA
6. BTSYA Logo Store: http://btsya.rylees.net
7. Giving Assistant: 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

If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our PayPal page! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3
 
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:
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Events:
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Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

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The Power of Example

by Karen Kitchel

We often don't realize the power we have simply by being a good example to others with our words and actions.  We may think a lot of good thoughts about others, but don't always take a moment to express them.  Need some ideas?
* Tell a child who is waiting in line "I like your smile"
*  Make someone's day by simply saying "Beautiful dress or nice shirt"
*  Ask your waitperson at a restaurant to tell the cook "I really enjoyed the ___________"
* Tell someone "That color looks good on you"
*  While at the gym, reinforce someone who's working out  "Wish I could do what you do"
*  Send a reminder to a friend who lost someone "Thinking of you because you are special to me"
You will never know how you may have inspired someone to pass on compliments to others all because of the power of your example.
 
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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January 31 2017

Diversity

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

Do you surround yourself with people who are just like you or are you are person open to the multiplicity of the world? Accepting differences and acknowledging the fact that we are all human is a critical point to living happily in this world no mater our race, sexual orientation, religion, culture, political awareness, or any other thing. Hosts Brigitte Jia and Asya Gonzalez passionately lead discussions with Hope reporter, Zahra Hasanian and Book Smart reporter, Maria Wong.  Is diversity race, skin color, opinions, or viewpoints? Diversity encapsulates how we all are different even beyond the surface level whether it’s our different occupation, passions, or perspectives on life. Don’t worry about being politically correct. Be open to a global world. How do you relate to diversity? “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss

Listen at Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97106/the-gift-of-diversity

Press Pass:
https://vapresspass.com/2017/01/31/gift-diversity-cynthia-brian/

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

Press Pass:
https://vapresspass.com/2017/01/11/gift-relaxation-cynthia-brian/

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 to stock up for Christmas/Hannukah 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
#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA  December Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/c91fae9688/288055965/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>
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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

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Keywords:: diversity, openness, politically correctness, LGBT, race, gender, religion, skin deep, Moloka'i by Alan Brennert,, express yourself, starstyle, Cynthia brian, voice America

TWITTER: 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

Longer Version: 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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January 27 2017

Movie Award Season with The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards & Academy Award

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian take syou 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.

It’s Award Season with all the glamour, glitz, and giddiness. The Golden Globes are over,  the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). The Grammys air on CBS on Sunday, February 12, and the Academy Awards known as the Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday, Feb 26, 2017. Cynthia Brian will discuss the nominees, the history, and let us know what nominees won her vote.

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/97012/award-season-with-the-screen-actors-guild-awards-and-communication-skills

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2017/01/25/movie-award-season-cynthia-brian/

Check out this episode on StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:  http://www.starstyleradio.com/starstyle-radio

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

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 December 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!®
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!®
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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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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
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Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

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January 26 2017

The Gift of Art

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

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination..” Henry David Thoreau
What is art? Why do we utilize art to express ourselves? What are careers in art? What is creativity? Can art be healing? Is art stress-relieving? Hosts Brigitte Jia and Asya Gonzalez, both artists, dig into their favorite subject as they share personal experiences and talk with reporters Henna Hundal and Katie Choo. Art is a powerful outlet to release anxiety and promote relaxation that can have untold health benefits. Art is a potent tool for finding, shaping, and sharing an identity. Art is fueled by our creative intellectual juices and interpretations of life.  Whether you do art for a career or for a hobby, art is good for the soul. Start doodling!

Listen at Voice America Kids Network:  https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96987/the-gift-of-art

Press Pass:
https://vapresspass.com/2017/01/23/art-creativity-cynthia-brian/

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

Press Pass:
https://vapresspass.com/2017/01/11/gift-relaxation-cynthia-brian/

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 to stock up for Christmas/Hannukah 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
#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA  December Newsletter:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/c91fae9688/288055965/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

January 25 2017

Winter Wonders

By Cynthia Brian

“Do all you can for as long as you can and when you can’t do the next best thing!” Chuck Yeager

It was pouring rain and I found myself in my gardening clothes sitting on the soggy hill scooting from bush to bush pruning the stray fronds. A smile crossed my face as I recalled a chapter from the New York Times best selling book that I co-authored, Chicken Soup for the Gardeners Soul, called Overcoming Obstacles. The particular story is “The Next Best Thing” by Ann Pehl Thomson about her elderly parents who in their youth gardened with ease, but in their 70’s had weakened muscular systems that caused legs to give way without warning. One morning her Mom spied her Dad lying flat on his stomach under an apple tree. Alarmed she scurried out to help him but then saw he had a trowel in his hand, weeding. When she asked him what he was doing, he replied, “The next best thing.”

At the time, with over 5000 entries to be whittled down to 101 stories to sow seeds of love, hope, and laughter, I wasn’t convinced that this story merited a coveted page in our book.  Today as I recover from spinal surgery with strict instructions of no BLT (bending, lifting, or twisting), I realize this story is an important lesson in conquering challenges. Being in nature and working in the garden is part of my essence and if it means I will sit, scuttle, and scoot to get the job done, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

I haven’t pruned my roses yet. For some reason, my rose bushes are blooming beautifully, despite the storms, winds, and flooding. The petals haven’t rotted as they usually do with the moisture and instead stems are bursting with perfect buds. My vases are filled with the fragrance and elegance of my rose garden.  A hard prune is necessary to guarantee another season of bounty, yet, for now, that task will wait a week or two.

The rest of my garden has donned its winter wardrobe and there is plenty of other snipping, clipping, and cutting to be done.  My grapevines, fruit trees, and berry bushes beg to be sheared. I’ll get to them this week. The sculptured look of the bark of my pruned crape myrtles glows against the backdrop of a cloudless cobalt sky.  The naked branches of my Japanese maple glow a deep red in the afternoon sunlight.  There is something so spectacularly striking about the architecture of deciduous trees with their bare branches swirling towards the heavens.  My pear trees are already flowering, and the bees are busy collecting nectar from the loquat blossoms. Under the redwood trees, walking ferns have begun their parade towards the next grove while forget-me-nots cover the ground with their pretty lime green foliage. Soon blue flowers will sprout from their centers and the terrain will be a sea of sapphire.  The narcissci have brightened my days throughout the frosty days with their cheery attire of yellow and white petals while perfuming the icy air with their hypnotic fragrance.

With the downpours, the creeks are flowing and the sounds of rushing brooks fill the atmosphere. As long as my house isn’t flooding, I adore the roar of the waterfalls.  

Grab your coat, hat, gloves, and boots. Wander around your garden to admire the wonder of the winter garments nature has provided. And if you, like me, are momentarily physically incapacitated in any way, get your yard chores accomplished by doing the next best thing.

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for February

⎫    BRIGHTEN the dark days of winter with indoor tropical plants. A rubber tree under planted with bright pink or red kalanchoe will do the trick.
⎫    FORCE paperwhites, lily of the valley, or amaryllis by putting the bulb in a jar with water by a sunny window.
⎫    PRUNE crape myrtles, roses, berries, grapes, and fruit trees now. If your roses are still blooming, cut the blossoms to bring indoors, then prune.  Apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plum, and prune trees need their branches pruned now to allow for more sunlight penetration, air circulation, and bigger fruit production. Cut out all dead wood.
⎫    REFRAIN from dressing broken limbs or injuries on trees. Wound wood will develop on trees to protect them. By putting a commercial salve on the damaged tissue, you may be inviting infections and pests.
⎫    SAVE teabags to put on cuts you will incur after pruning roses. Place a cool teabag to encourage swift healing.
⎫    POWER your palate by planting heart smart greens including kale, collard, and mustard for super sources of fiber, phytonutrients, electrolytes, and antioxidants.
⎫    FEED houseplants when you notice new leaves developing.
⎫    CLEAR debris from creek beds if you are fortunate enough to have a creek on your property to avoid overflows, erosion, and damage.
⎫    TRANSPLANT deciduous shrubs before buds begin to swell.
⎫    USE a rooting hormone to plant canes of roses and grapes from your personal cuttings.
⎫    PERUSE seed catalogues for springtime ideas.
⎫    CURL up with a copy of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul for a dose of laughter and inspiration this winter. First edition autographed copies available at http://www.starstyleradio.com/store.
⎫    SAVOR the thunder, lightening, and rains. Let’s pray we are getting our reservoirs filled to eliminate another drought year.
⎫    DON’T count on the ground hogs to signal an early spring. Males aren’t seeking shadows when they emerge from hibernation. They are looking for love.
⎫    REMEMBER your love on Valentine’s Day with a colorful live plant or a bouquet of posies. It’s true that flowers and amour are bedmates!

Happy Cupid Day! Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!

Read more at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1024/Gardening-Guide-for-February-The-Wonder-of-a-Winter-Wardrobe.html

©2017
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
StarStyle® Productions, llc
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www.GoddessGardener.com
925-377-STAR
Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show at www.StarStyleRadio.net
I am available as a speaker, designer, and consultant.

January 19 2017

Perception

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

What is perception? Perception comes from the Latin word “perceptio” which means receiving, collecting, an action of taking possession with the mind or senses. Perception is an intuitive understanding of something, the understanding of an impression. Or is it, as a Google definition proclaims, a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression?” Is “perception” synonymous with “judgment” or “belief”? Does it have an unmistakable subjective, even illusory, quality? Join Hosts Asya Gonzalez and Henna Hundal as they dissect, debate, and discuss this mode of communication. In Health Rap, Alex Pawlakos examines how a person’s perception of their own health and health risks has important implications for their actual health.

Listen at Voice America Kids Network:  https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96867/the-gift-of-perception

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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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January 18 2017

Spouses & Happiness, Dig and Dream, Self-Reliance & Interdependence

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian take syou 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.

A good marriage enhances health, a destructive relationship makes you sick. Science has proved the benefits and drawbacks of marriage and Cynthia Brian shares the research.

Resolutions, goals, a fresh start. Does January bring out your best efforts in wishful thinking as you embark on a new year or do you have the stamina and mindfulness to actually fulfill your gardening dreams? Walk in the wilderness with our Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian.

It’s hard to ask for help. We all want to be independent but being interdependent is healthier and will help you be happier. Cynthia Brian helps you communicate your needs by reading the chapter of Interdependence from her award winning book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. Say what you want for 2017! You probably will get it.

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel : https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96868/spouses-and-happiness-dig-and-dream-self-reliance

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January 11 2017

Green in Seventeen, Treating Teen Depression, Your New Job, Skin Deep

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian take syou 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.

Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian, brings season’s greenings with a garden segment specifically for the New Year. It is the time to put our gardens to bed and take a breather.

According to the 2014 study by the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 11.4% of children ages 12-17 had at least one major depressive episode in a year. How can you identify and treat kids with anxiety and depression? Coach Cynthia Brian offers suggestions to save your child from suffering.

Are you attempting to change jobs? Are you interviewing elsewhere while still working at your current location? Sharing information on social media may not be the wisest choice. Find out a safe way to share your newest opportunity.

Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Protecting it is critical for health and beauty. Get tips on how to take better care of your skin.

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel :  https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96768/green-in-seventeen-treating-teen-depression-your-new-job

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

Check out our online fundraiser:
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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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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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January 10 2017

The Gift of Relaxation

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

It’s a New Year and already we are stressed. Our Express Yourself!™ STAR team has you covered with tips for helping you sit back, take a breath, and find out how you can be more relaxed and calm.  Hosts are Brigitte Jia and Henna Hundal who lead the conversations with our very chill reporter, Katelyn Darrow who talks about ways to relax; Health Rap Reporter, Alex Pawlakos, with evidence based science on the importance of sleep and relaxation, and our Lion Roar Reporter, Katie Lyons with her important information for athletes. And then of course, Henna shares her “Pomodoro” method that deserves your full attention. Don’t know what “Pomodoro” is? You’ll need to tune in to our Relaxation Show to start your 2017 in the right direction! Take a deep breath, exhale, and chant,  “I am relaxed!”

Listen at Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96743/the-gift-of-relaxation

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#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 to stock up for Christmas/Hannukah 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
#Stand For Literacy: https://www.youcaring.com/be-the-star-you-are-576860

Read our BTSYA  December Newsletter:
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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>
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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!®
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About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us
Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs
How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help
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Dig a Little, Dream A Lot

By Cynthia Brian

“Be at War with your Vices,
at Peace with your Neighbours,
& let every New-Year find you a better Man.”
 Benjamin Franklin

Resolutions, goals, a fresh start. Does January bring out your best efforts in wishful thinking as you embark on a new year or do you have the stamina and mindfulness to actually fulfill your gardening dreams? The famous English gardener and writer, Vita Sackville-West, wrote: “The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.”  Although Vita died in 1962, her gardens at Sissinghurst survive as a national treasure, thriving with seasonal beauty and tender care from volunteers. I was fortunate enough to travel the grounds last year and marvel, even in the rain, at the expanse of her horticultural involvement. Vita’s quote definitely describes my personal gardening mantra as my motto has always been “Failure is fertilizer. Throw the mistake on the compost pile to grow a new garden.”  In other words, mistakes, or malfattis as we say in Italian are always an experiment in something new…and maybe even a better creation. I don’t rest on my bay laurels but keep on striving.

One of my favorite global excursions is to visit gardens everywhere I travel. Exploring gardens, great and small, is a wonderful way to expand one’s horticultural intelligence while gathering ideas for one’s own plot. At the top of my resolution list for 2017 I’ve designated garden hopping as a must-do. In the past few weeks, I’ve had numerous emails from readers of this column with questions, comments, and aspirations as well as ambitious dreams for gardening in 2017.  Here are ideas you may wish to employ this year as you dig a little and dream a lot!

⎫    Get your children and grandchildren engaged in gardening activities. Virtues, skills, and life itself are learned in the garden.
⎫    Be brave. Experiment more. Worry less. There are no brown thumbs.
⎫    Plant more seeds to watch the wonder of sprouting.
⎫    Grow more vegetables and herbs in your pots or potager for a healthier plant to plate palate. Consume, share, preserve to eliminate waste.
⎫    Photograph your garden often and keep records of what blooms when, what works where, and what you want to edit.
⎫    Install a water-saving irrigation system.
⎫    Donate extra produce to a food bank.
⎫    When time is limited, hire help.
⎫    Compost, compost, compost. (see composting recipe below)
⎫    Visit botanical gardens wherever you travel.
⎫    Encourage pollinators to take up residence by planting and offering habitat that attract them. Birds, bees, bats, hummingbirds, and butterflies are precious protectors.
⎫    Eliminate insecticides and pesticides. Research companion planting.
⎫    Mulch more to reduce weeds, keep the soil warm or cool depending on the weather, and stop soil erosion.
⎫    Take a class to expand your knowledge.
⎫    Be more realistic.
⎫    Find interesting outdoor accents to use in the landscape like vintage windows, doors, or Victorian gazing balls.
⎫    Add one or more water elements.
⎫    Start saving special seeds.
⎫    Propagate from cuttings.
⎫    Plant a garden or pots in a patio for the first time.
⎫    Add a new rosebush.
⎫    Plant a cutting garden for creating beautiful bouquets year round.
⎫    Sow a path of fragrance with lavender, jasmine, honeysuckle, or other sweet-smelling shrubs.
⎫    Become more aware of the natural world by paying attention to the sounds, smells, and sights.
⎫    Make your garden drought tolerant with succulents.
⎫    Resolve to utilize organic gardening methods.
⎫    Begin keeping a journal of your outdoor endeavors.
⎫    Use tropical plants indoors as air purifiers as well as décor focal points.
⎫    Enjoy your garden more, slave less. Spend at least 15 minutes every day admiring your beautiful handiwork in conjunction with nature.

Since getting in shape or losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution that is rarely kept, remember that gardening provides an excellent workout with the digging, tilling, weeding, raking, mowing, moving, planting, and climbing. Plus gardening is great fun.  My hope for you is that you will adopt one or more of these tips as your gardening promise for the year. Be enterprising. Do things better than you ever did before. Be optimistic. Be the STAR you are.

As we take a moment to reflect on the past and look forward to the future, share your gardening dreams for 2017. Email me, Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com.

Cynthia Brian’s Garden Guidelines for January
⎫    Compost Recipe: Keep a bucket with a lid on it in the garage or other storage area to fill with your kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper, coffee grinds, tea bags, fish bones (no meat products), and egg shells. Dump daily in an outdoor bin or pile. Add leaves and other brown materials, grass and plant clippings, and garden waste. Keep moist. Turn often with a spade or pitchfork. When the material looks and feels like a damp chocolate cake mix with an aroma of the earth, spread in your beds.
⎫    With the flu and colds that seem to be ubiquitous, make sure to keep lots of citrus on hand, especially oranges and lemons which have a high concentration of vitamin C, citric acid, calcium, iron, fiber, and B complex vitamins. Squeeze lemon juice on salads, vegetables, meat, and, of course, in your water to keep you hydrated. Even cut flowers benefit from drops of lemon juice in the vase, helping the water to travel from the stems to the flowers. Scatter the peels on any acid loving plants in your garden including roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, and fuchsias as a natural fertilizer.
⎫    It’s time to do your heavy pruning on your roses. Cut out any dead wood. Prune roses to about knee height. Although many people assume that roses are fussy, they really are quite tolerant providing months of luscious blooms.
⎫    Buy and plant bare-root roses, berries, vines, and fruit trees now following the instructions on the packaging.
⎫    Spray an application of dormant spray on peaches and other fruit trees to kill overwintering insects.
⎫    Peruse catalogues for ideas for spring and summer flowers.
⎫    Make fragrant potpourri from cut flowers.

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing! Happy, Healthy, Auspicious New Year!

Dig a little, dream a lot!

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January 3 2017

The Gift of YOU

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

 “Be yourself; everyone else is taken”
            Oscar Wilde
It’s challenging being a young person today. “Finding yourself” could become a national pastime. Maria Wong, Brigitte Jia, and Henna Hundal dive into what makes an individual unique, positive, and productive. Maria thoroughly enjoyed attending the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in Washington, D.C. as a national youth correspondent and encourages teens to step outside of their comfort zone to discover their dreams. Brigitte and Maria read the chapter, The Gift of You, by Cynthia Brian from the book Be the Star You Are!®, an inspiring push to embrace your originality and look at yourself as a gift. Henna encourages listeners to BE THE STAR YOU ARE, not the star that you could be, that you might be, but the star that you already are -- that light inside you that’s unlike any other. We each have a unique collection of talents and attributes that we can offer the world. Henna continues “It’s not selfish to be self-loving.”  You are a gift!
Walk in the door and shine.

Listen at Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96595/the-gift-of-you

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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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December 28 2016

New Year’s Fun, Optimistic Thinking, Gift of Giving

If you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind stretching information, you’ve come to the right place. Hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brian take 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.

What are your plans to bring in the New Year? Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany celebrate the final days of 2016 and discuss ways to have a fun, safe, and meaningful New Year’s Eve!

Research indicates that 90% of your happiness is determined by your thoughts and only 10% is affected by external factors. This means you are what you think you are. Cynthia Brian shows you how to turn pessimism or realism into optimism for a happier, healthier outlook.

Only three days left to get a tax deduction for 2016. The best way to lower your taxes is to make a donation to Be the Star You Are!® charity, a 501 c3 non profit that brings you these weekly life empowering radio broadcasts. It is THE gift of giving. Cynthia Brian will highlight the benefits. 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

Listen at Voice America, Empowerment Channel :https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96281/christmas-savings-wild-things-peace-gardening

Press Pass: https://vapresspass.com/2016/12/27/new-years-fun-optimistic-thinking-gift-giving-cynthia-brian/

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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.
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Season’s Greenings

By Cynthia Brian

“Winter is in my head, but eternal spring is in my heart!” Victor Hugo

The festivities of holidays are almost over, winter has arrived, and our hills are once again the lush emerald that we, and the cattle adore.  Congratulate yourself on a year well-spent growing your own food and tending to your plants. Now it is time to put your gardens to bed and give yourself a bit of respite. With the colder weather, we are fortunate that lemons, grapefruit, and tangelos are ripe to help us stay healthy.

There is still time to plant bulbs through the end of January for a late spring show. All bulbs need well-drained soil, full sun, or partial shade. Avoid planting in soggy soils where the bulbs will rot. Instead of lining bulbs up in a row, scatter them in clusters for a more natural look. Since deer, squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits enjoy eating many bulb flowers, experiment with planting narcissus cultivars, snowflakes, and snow drops (galanthus) as these repel the critters with their toxicity.

Speaking of critters, our readers enjoyed the article on keeping unwanted guests from taking refuge in homes. From the response, it is apparent that this season of green has indeed brought the rodents to our doorsteps in increasing numbers. Excellent advice came to me from Jenny Papka of Native Bird Connections. With her permission, I am printing her edited suggestions here:
“What you term as "vermin" actually misleads people, since rodents, skunks, wasps and even mosquitoes are necessary in Nature. Yes they are annoying in many cases, but it is important to be respectful of why they can actually be good. Rodents are like chocolate for almost all young wild animals, and often are a life-long food source for many. The advice given about getting rid of ivy, etc is helpful, yet other animals will also be impacted. For example, Barn owls nest in palm trees, especially the dead frond areas just under the green crown. Barn owls are the BEST rodent controllers around and other than applauding their presence we do not have to do anything. Obviously we don't want rodents inside our houses or out buildings, yet annihilation is not ideal for anyone. The advice listed is excellent particularly about what we are responsible for doing around our houses.

In Contra Costa County, skunks are officially considered rabies vectors. This is NOT true in other counties. Obviously caution should always be utilized but seeing a skunk, even in the daytime, does not automatically indicate that it is sick. Skunks are omnivores and will eat many of the bothersome creatures we dislike, snails, slugs, rodents, fruit, and yellow jacket larvae. Skunks look for mates in early spring (Feb usually) otherwise they are solitary and crepuscular. So most of the year they are not obvious. This year is a "rebound year" as well, especially for rodents since last year was so dry. The rain this year promises more grass/food so rodents are producing large families. Information and education really increases tolerance and better, more humane choices. Thank you for a good article.”

Jenny also mentioned that it is illegal (and inhumane) to trap and relocate any wildlife. She also does not suggest acquiring cats as rodent control because cats are responsible for the deaths of millions of birds daily, another contentious subject.

Other ways to eliminate the rodents is to install barn owl boxes to encourage owls to your yard. Areas with heavy Great horned owl presence usually will not support barn owl populations (Great horned eat barn owls) but any owl is good for rodent control. Native Bird Connections has boxes available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Pleasant Hill for a $100 donation. Also of importance is to not use the sticky traps as they can entangle other animals creating suffering and a lingering death. Ninety percent of wildlife in the San Francisco Bay Area has rodenticides in their tissues including coyotes, bobcats, and foxes according to WildCare in Marin. This means that the use of poisons for all applications move through the food chain and should be avoided. My advice is to contact Vector Control at 925-771-6142 or visit www.ContraCostaMosquito.com when you have questions or concerns.

Enjoy the cold nights, the rainy days, and the season’s greening. Thanks for allowing me to be your gardening guide on the side. Get ready for great new year of horticultural joys.

Cynthia Brian’s January New Year Gardening Tips:

⎫    BRING health inside with power plants of ferns, palms, spider plants, and other air-cleansing specimens. Tropical houseplants absorb indoor toxins and add humidity to the air saving you dollars on heating.
⎫    BUY a copy of “Great Garden Quotes”, a coloring book with wit, wisdom, and heart from the editors of GreenPrints, the Weeders Digest. Pat Stone, the editor, was a co-author with me on Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul. You’ll love this new coloring book with inspiring garden axioms. www.GreenPrints.com
⎫    ALLOW the organic matter of chopped leaves and lawn clippings to decompose on the soil during the dormant season.
⎫    ADD a cover crop to keep soil healthy, avoid erosion, and help with fertility.
⎫    PICK Meyer lemons and use for juicing, cooking, and baking. This rich citrus will help fend off colds.
⎫    PROTECT tender plants from frost by covering with burlap or cloth. Do not use plastic as it will maximize the freeze.
⎫    PRUNING for dormant fruit trees and shrubs begins this month.
⎫    TIDY your yard by cutting back your chrysanthemums to six inches above the ground, and removing dead foliage from plants.
⎫    SPRAY your peach trees with a concoction of fixed copper or lime sulfur after all the leaves have fallen from the tree to control peach leaf curl. Repeat this process in late January and February for best results.
⎫    PLANT bareroot stock such as grapes, berries, artichokes, roses, and several fruit trees.
⎫    PRUNE roses, vines, and berry bushes to encourage new growth.
⎫    CUT bouquets of geranium flowers for indoors and snip pieces to plant in other areas.
⎫    DONATE $100 to Native Bird Connections and receive an owl box for your garden.
⎫    REMOVE all ornaments, lights, and tinsel from your Christmas trees before placing on the curb for composting pick-up.
⎫    EXPRESS gratitude for all the green that nature is bestowing on us!

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing! Happy, Healthy, Auspicious New Year!
See the photos and READ more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1022/January-Gardening-Guide-Season-Greenings-for-the-New-Year.html

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Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
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