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The Power of Ecology and Firefighter Zen

Super Smart Sundays on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio brought to you as an outreach project of Be the Star You Are!®’s Operation Disaster Relief with donations from Cynthia Brian and StarStyle® Productions, LLC. More info at

Katelyn Darrow and Andrea Smith address climate change, Coviid-19, and the ecology effects of what’s happening in our world. Katelyn shares that a positive result of Covid-19 has been that nature is beginning to heal itself. Firefighter, storyteller, and author Hersch Wilson talks about how to stay safe during these horrendous fires and other disasters in the USA. His book Firefighter Zen tackles the value of life. Life is short, grab it, and live for today. He advises rising above the calamities to find joy in daily living because everyone suffers. Learn to be brave, asking oneself “what is the bravest thing we can do?” Hersch encourages us to stop the negative self-talk about failing. His mantra is to help people through the confusion and suffering. It is in service to others that we find fulfillment and inner peace.

Andrea, a competitive swimmer and water baby, talks about how climate change is altering patterns of weather and water around the world, causing shortages and droughts in some areas and floods in others. Saving our oceans must be a priority.

Both hosts advocate reducing our carbon footprint and nurturing Mother Nature.

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Bio: Hersch Wilson and his wife, Laurie, became volunteer firefighters in 1986. In his “real job” he is a writer, speaker, and consultant. He has worked as an organizational consultant, pilot, outdoor adventure trainer, professional dancer, and author. He writes for Backdraft magazine and other publications. Hersch Wilson is also a storyteller committed to explaining how First Responding can change how we see and experience our own lives. In the past twenty-five years, Hersch has worked extensively with leadership teams from a variety of organizations including Kodak, IBM Japan, Altria, The United States Postal Service, the CIA, Kraft Foods and Baxter Healthcare to name a few. He has co-written three national business best sellers with Larry Wilson, including the award winning, “Playing to Win!: Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and in Life.”

In his book Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times. he shares hard-won lessons on coping with life’s inevitable difficulties with composure, courage, and compassion. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More information at

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