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Courage to Continue

Get Vaccinated. Life is Precious.


“It takes great courage to see the world in its tainted glory and still love it.” Oscar Wilde

A note from Cynthia Brian

Spring ushers a sentiment of hope, optimism, and opportunity. The population of our planet have endured fifteen long months of the Covid-19

pandemic, social distancing, mask wearing, isolation, civic unrest, political polarity, and so many devastating deaths. Yet, we all can see the

glimmer of light at the end of the dark tunnel.

Nature has blossomed, the weather has warmed, and as people get vaccinated we ensure the safety of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Employment is picking up and the economy is growing.

In an effort to keep art and culture alive. throughout the pandemic, Be the Star You Are!® pivoted our two radio broadcasts to showcase the

talents of actors, artists, authors, poets, musicians, and other performers who had lost their ability to be in front of an audience as all venues

closed and went dark. Creatives add the fun and entertainment to our lives and recovery means bringing back the arts. As an actor and

author who also lost the ability to work during this crisis, I fully empathized with my colleagues.

My spirit was enhanced this week when I was cast and acted in the new Nash Bridges movie shooting in San Francisco. It was my first time

being back on a film set since February 2020 when I worked in Venom 2. Every protective protocol was followed including pre-testing,

temperature taking, social distancing, mask wearing for the full shoot, except between the words “action” and “cut”. Despite the colder

weather and long hours, everyone felt blessed to be working and doing what they do best.

What many people who have binge-watching TV this past year don’t realize is that Covid didn’t only take away employment from the actors, but from every crew member in

every department from lighting, grip and electric, sound, wardrobe, hair and make-up, production assistants, art, craft services, camera, assistant directors, location

managers, film production, agents, casting, drivers, stunts, props, music, and all the rest of the individuals who work in those credits that you see rolling at the end of a TV

show or film. SAG/AFTRA has been at the forefront of negotiating to get everyone back to work safely.

Although the impact of the pandemic will be with us for a long time and we must remain vigilant to stay healthy, we can be optimistic that we will slowly return to a new

normal. Read below how Be the Star You Are!® volunteers are creating beauty and meaning in their lives during these difficult times. If you want great books to read for

yourself or your children, check out the hundreds of book reviews by our Star Book Review Team on our creative site at Also read

book reviews at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub at .

Until then, be courageous. I am grateful for the vaccine and encourage you to get your shot as soon as possible. Continue living gracefully.

Life is Beautiful! Smell the roses!

Blessings to you,

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556

P.S. I am grateful and very honored to be included in the Points of Light Inspiration Honor Roll, celebrating individuals that have inspired others throughout the year and

have demonstrated a commitment to create positive change. This is a lovely tribute.



My name is Samantha Reed and I have

recently started a book club in the Wake

County Area of North Carolina. Our club is

open to high school students in and around

the Wake County area, and we focus on all

genres of books. I have always loved

reading, and found it one of my main ways I

have helped cope with the lockdown. We

started this club to share our love for reading

in a fun environment. I have found that most

people associate books with schoolwork, or

have only read assigned books, and that is

why they do not enjoy reading. I wanted

people to be able to experience other genres and immerse themselves

in the worlds that I have come to love. It always makes me happy when

one of my friends who hasn't read for fun in years tells me how much

they loved my book recommendation. The club has helped me do this,

as well as connect with people from all over Wake County. Reading is a

great way to have interesting discussions with people you have never

met. Over the past few weeks we have set up an instagram account,

reached out to friends, and talked with other people who have started

book clubs. My hope is that people will want to get involved in

the community as a club, and extend our activities beyond just

discussing books.

Samantha Reed is a volunteer with the Be the Star You Are!® Book

Review Team program , and is a high school freshman who devotes

time to work with volunteer sites to inspire others to read and write.

Samantha started a book club in North Carolina called The Page

Turners in hopes of creating a community of high school students who

love to read, write, and give back to the community.



Founder and Executive Director of

Be the Star You Are!®, Cynthia Brian

is recognized and featured on the

@PointsofLight Inspiration Honor

Roll. The Points of Light Honor Roll

celebrates outstanding individuals

who take action to help brighten

communities and improve the lives of

others. Since 1999, Cynthia Brian

has dedicated her untiring leadership

to Be the Star You Are!® and its volunteers without pay but plenty of

passion. The George W. Bush Points of Light Awards honor those who

demonstrate the power of service and who are driving significant and

sustained impact through their everyday actions and words that light

the path for other points of light. Visit the 2021 Honor Roll and meet the


Congratulations Cynthia. This is well-deserved.


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Continue to be Courageous!





by Swakemyua Muhammad

Es otro día en el paraíso, mi amor.

Eres tan hermoso.

Tu tiempo es precioso.

Tu eres mi mundo.

Eres mi corozon.

Eres mi vida.

Yo vivo por ti.

Te amo.

My name is Swakemyua Muhammad born and raised in Oakland California. I am a Poet, a Farmer

and an Entrepreneur in women’s fashion. Three of my long time favorite activities as I grew up

was and still is reading, writing and critical thinking. I have a passion for compassion towards

humanity. As Founder and Designer of Sexy With A Kiss, one of my personal goals in life is to

educate and empower through infinitely stimulating the worlds senses with quantum cognitive


Instagram: Sexywithakisslove

Facebook: sexy with a kiss

Walking among the stunning natural red rock formations in Sedona,

Arizona is like experiencing beautiful works of art come to life.

Early morning hikes provide solitude with an occasional chirping melody

or gentle breeze. Prickly pear cactus, often seen along the way, add a

sense of uniqueness.

While hiking to Boynton Canyon, the magical sounds of a flute player can

be heard coming from the summit. A kind gentleman makes it his life’s purpose to bring incredible

music to these spiritual grounds. Before travelers depart, he gives each person the gift of a handcarved,

red stone heart which he creates. His wish, like ours, is simply to scatter kindness

everywhere we go.

Karen Kitchel who penned two chapters in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers

Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, is the Kindness Coordinator

volunteer with BTSYA. She serves meals to the homeless and is a volunteer teacher, writer, job

coach, and mentor. (Photo by Larry Teckenbrock)


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