No matter what the situation is...close your eyes and think of all the things in your life you could be grateful for right now." — Deepak Chopra Is there any holiday better than Thanksgiving? Not only is it a time to eat all our favorite foods, but it is also a time to express our gratitude for living. Keerthi hosts this holiday favorite and surprisingly she is not a fan of Thanksgiving food because she is a vegetarian. But she is a believer in appreciation and thankfulness a
By Cynthia Brian “ When it rained this past week, did you smell it? The scent of earth mixed with fallen leaves and decomposing plant matter signals the transition of the seasons. On the calendar, autumn began on September 22, 2022, but it wasn’t until November that I inhaled this intoxicating aroma that brought back childhood memories of the end of harvest, jumping in piles of leaves, and blazing bonfires. In just a week, it seemed that so many trees changed their wardrobe f
“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.” — Ursula K. LeGuin The increase in technology and social media, has led to the rise of misogyny online - a dangerous, vile problem that has infiltrated almost every corner of the internet. Hannah and Keerthi host this program about equality for women. Hannah discusses a major problem that has infiltrated almost every corner of the internet…misogyny. S
By Cynthia Brian “Do what you can for as long as you can, and when you can’t, do the next best thing!” Chuck Yeager Press Pass: https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2022/10/27/garden-safety/ One of the many lessons I’ve learned from my forty-plus years in the entertainment industry is that the show must go on! Except for the Covid 19 pandemic, actors go to work despite any personal circumstances. I’ve put on my acting mask when I’ve had walking pneumonia, broken bones, and deaths in
The midterm elections are approaching and our Express Yourself!™ teens, hosts Ruhani and Keerthi and reporter Kevin have important thoughts to be considered. Keerthi starts the segment in her usual humorous monologue talks about democracy and voting through the debate lens. Ruhani focuses on the 19th amendment and our rights to vote, giving us a history lesson worth listening to. Our A.I. afficionado, Kevin, discusses how A. I. plays a role in the voting process and candidate
https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2022/10/18/transplanting-and-zoo-fun/ By Cynthia Brian “It’s a light and tumble journey From the East Side to the park;
Just a fine and fancy ramble to the zoo!” Simon & Garfunkel When the squirrels start collecting piles of acorns, and pumpkins, gourds, and squash adorn front porches, we know that autumn has arrived. With the cooler weather, we welcome fresh air and respite from the heat waves. Besides gardening, I have always adored animals (th
Click to view this email in a browser The Metaverse Meets Be the Star You Are!
“We are made of star stuff.” Carl Sagan
A MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CYNTHIA BRIAN
Do you have any idea what the metaverse is? Be the Star You Are!® has entered the realm beyond the stars!
Basically the metaverse is an online simulation mimicking the contours of the real world where we live. It is a mix of virtual and augmented realities.
Do I understand it?
Maggie hosts an hour of celebrating the arts with special guest artist and illustrator, Jensen Russell. Jensen illustrated the new children’s picture book authored by Cynthia Brian, No Barnyard Bullies and will be illustrating forthcoming books in the series, Stella Bella’s Barnyard Adventures. (https://www.StarStyleStore.net) She says she has always been an artist beginning as a little girl doodling and encourages teens to pursue creative endeavors. After high school she too
https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1616/Digging-Deep-with-Goddess-Gardener-Cynthia-Brian-Fall-forward.html By Cynthia Brian “Delicious Autumn! My soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Autumns.” George Eliot The sweet smell of the recent rain-dampened soil stimulated my soul. Although it wasn’t enough moisture to revive a parched earth, my brown lawn exhibits more strands of green. This short respite from the h
In today’s episode of Express Yourself!, hosts Hannah and Ruhani delve into serious topics such as feminism and misogyny. Hannah explains the rise of femicide and how sexist media has contributed to these rates. In the next segment, Ruhani goes into detail about the merger of publishing houses and how it can lead to limiting diverse voices in literature. Our hosts ran out of time before they can go more in depth about the rise of dangerous misogynistic podcasters, so stay tun
By Cynthia Brian Press Pass: https://blog.voiceamerica.com/2022/09/16/hot-hot-hot-2/ “What dreadful hot weather we have. It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.” Jane Austen In July 1808 when Jane Austen was thirty-three, the Central England Temperature series which dates back to 1659, recorded the 2nd hottest month on record with temperatures around the country reaching between 97-105 degrees. Following this oppressive heat wave, a thunderstorm so violent that hail
Are you burned out at work and at home? Are you feeling exhausted, hopeless, and depressed? Maybe it is time to take a break. Stop, rejuvenate, and reinvent yourself. Travel, bird watch, go on a sabbatical. Let’s invest in you and your well-being. When it comes to bone health, 70% of our bone density is due to heredity. If your family has a history of osteoporosis, there are still things you can do to improve your odds of keeping your bones strong. Taking action now could sav
Biotechnology/Genetic Modification and Ethics Another scientific episode from our very intellectual teens at Express Yourself! In segment one, Keerthi humorously describes biotechnology. She looks at the advantages of biotech. Biotech can help produce healthier foods, since genetics can be altered through biotech, scientists can increase the amount of healthy nutrients in crops. Changing the genetic code of crops could also cause fewer pesticides to be used, more efficient fa
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian Plants, Pets, and Poisons By Cynthia Brian “Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile, some have a sad expression, some are pensive and diffident, others again are plain, honest, and upright.” Henry Ward Beecher And may I add…some are very poisonous! Since I was a child growing up on a farm, I have adopted and raised every type of creature, both domesticated and wild. Dogs, cats,
Back to School Can summer vacation be over already? Yes, for most students, classes begin this week. No more sleeping late and going to bed whenever. It’s time to hit the books and make sure you make the bell. Producer, Cynthia Brian introduces Nerd Extraordinaire reporter, Keerthi, as she gives a humorous, yet impactful insight into debating. Host Hannah catches up with Rose in her segment Bite Share, focusing on the importance of urban food policy, food in schools, and food
By Cynthia Brian “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” Rudyard Kipling Gardens may not be cultivated while we are sitting in the shade, but on a hot summer day, there is nothing better than sipping an ice-cold lemonade while resting in one of my shadowy gardens. This year the world has been experiencing the hottest weather on record. In the United Kingdom, July temperatures were as high as 25 degrees Fahrenheit more than normal. According to data from the U.S. Ocea
It’s one of the hottest summers on record. How can you keep yourself hydrated and safe from the heat? Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can be life-threatening. Take precautions. Every garden needs to have an area of shade. Most shade-loving plants are understory plants that grow under the forest or jungle canopy. Trees are the anchors of any shade garden. Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian suggests a list of groundcovers, shrubs, perennials, herbs, and annuals to create a restful
Ruhani, Sharanya, and Keerthi showcase a program about different types of journalistic endeavors. What is journalism? According to Britannica, journalism is “the collection, preparation, and distribution of news and related commentary and feature materials through such print and electronic media as newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, webcasts, podcasts, social networking, and social media sites, and e-mail as well as through radio, motion pictures, and television.” Nerd Extr
“There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.” –Chris Colfer https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/138495/lgbtqia According to the CDCR, “LGBTQIA+ is an inclusive term that includes people of all genders and sexualities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, and allies. While each letter in LGBTQIA+ stands for a specific group of people, the term encompasses the entire spectrum of gende