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Chats from the Blog Cabin

By MELISSA VERA

Welcome to Chats from the Blog Cabin where you can listen on chats with some interesting people straight from the Blog cabin. Listen to people as they chat about their lives with host Melissa Vera
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289:  Chatting about the Umbrella Effect with  Dr. Jen Forristal
289: Chatting about the Umbrella Effect with Dr. Jen Forristal
Instruct your child to thrive in life's various situations. Life is rarely sunny. As parents, we spend a lot of our time awaiting the storm clouds to disperse because we're unsure how our children are going to weather them, helping them remain prepared for any potential difficulties. Instead of focusing all your attention on raising your child to be the person you hope they can be, be the person you want them to become. In this chat about her new book, The Umbrella Effect, Dr. Jen Forristal explains step-by-step what kids really need as they learn to navigate the ups and downs of life. Discover how to cut through the noise and focus on the big picture of your child's well-being, keep a pulse on how they're doing, and evaluate their coping skills through each stage of their childhood. Through casual conversation starters, research-based principles, and easy parenting shifts, you'll get a clear picture of where your kids are thriving an what they need next. Invest in their future happiness today and help them develop the skills they need to weather any storm. Helpful Links:  Grab the Umbrella Effect https://amzn.to/3XIFYfG Website umbrellaproject.co Book Page of Website https://umbrellaproject.co/the-umbrella-effect-book/ Link to the Umbrella Assessment: https://umbrellaproject.co/testyourumbrella/ Link to our instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/umbrellapjct/ or @umbrellapjct
36:05
November 29, 2022
288: When Life Gives You Lemons, Write a Book with Melissa Collins Harrell
288: When Life Gives You Lemons, Write a Book with Melissa Collins Harrell
Listen in to this chat with Melissa Harrell. When life gave Melissa Harrell lemons used her counseling skills to make lemonade. Effective, informative, and inspiring, Common Threads illuminates the influence of stress and mental illness on the affected parties and their families as they struggle to heal. From an early age, Melissa Harrell was familiar with the implications of mental illness on a family, particularly youngsters. Although she knew her parents loved her, she was forced into the role of caregiver during her childhood due to her age, and she responded by turning to dance, faith, and a strong inner core as a basis for healing. Melissa eventually began a successful career in counseling as well as health. But she encountered another series of traumatic episodes. From her moving, first-person narrative, she provides her resilience and strength and a positive approach to everyday life. This book contributes to helping professionals and those contending with trauma.  Her website https://rccforyou.com/ Unearth hope https://unearthhope.org/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melissacollinsharrellauthor/ Grab Elizabeth and Stella Meet ZOE https://amzn.to/3EQKgtO Grab Common Threads https://amzn.to/3XmgmF7
58:08
November 23, 2022
287: Chatting about How It is Okay to ask for Help!!
287: Chatting about How It is Okay to ask for Help!!
It can be tough to admit that we need help. We may feel like we are supposed to have all the answers or that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But the truth is, everyone needs help sometimes. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. It shows that we are willing to do what it takes to achieve our goals. So if you find yourself stuck, don't be afraid to ask for help. I know it is hard but ASK!! Here are the links I mentioned in the Podcast Help is Here by Max Lucado - https://amzn.to/3E8nUTf My Encounter at the Park https://adventuresfrugalmom.com/happenings-in-the-park/ Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study- https://proverbs31.org/study/online-bible-studies Hidden Manna https://amzn.to/3Tzfaet
27:38
November 16, 2022
286: Chatting about the Mental Health of Our Children with Casie Fariello From Other Parents Like Me
286: Chatting about the Mental Health of Our Children with Casie Fariello From Other Parents Like Me
Today, we are amid a global mental health epidemic, and the data is staggering. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-341, overdose deaths have increased 500% among ages 15-24 since 19992, and over 17 million kids age 3-17 have a diagnosable mental health disorder3.   Parents and Friends Liz Reitman and Casie Fariello have been in the same predicament as many others; they needed help from others who might be in the same position as their families but did not have an outlet to turn to. From depression to drug use, fighting to interpersonal struggles, together they launch OTHER PARENTS LIKE ME (OPLM), an online peer support community designed for caregivers of those struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues to address.   For additional information visit:  https://oplm.com/ or https://ifundwomen.com/projects/other-parents-me.  https://www.facebook.com/other.parents.like.me  https://www.linkedin.com/company/other-parents-like-me/  https://www.instagram.com/other.parents.like.me/  Website: oplm.com
45:39
November 14, 2022
285: Chatting about The Vibrant Years with Sonali Dev
285: Chatting about The Vibrant Years with Sonali Dev
Mindy Kaling is launching her new publishing imprint, Mindy’s Book Studio, with THE VIBRANT YEARS (December 1, 2022), from USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev. Taking readers into the everyday world of Indian American women, Dev taps her trademark wit and storytelling magic while exploring deeper questions about women’s self-reliance and the fight for empowerment by underrepresented, often unheard voices. Centered on three generations of unconventional and ambitious women, the novel sets them on an intertwined journey of self-discovery as they hilariously embrace their missteps, impulsive decisions, and cringe-worthy dates and learn to live on their own terms. Kirkus Reviews called the book, A cozy cup of chai for the soul.” Grab The Vibrant Years https://amzn.to/3sK04I4 Check out her website sonalidev.com Find all of her books https://amzn.to/3gQIAa8 Join her Facebook Reader's group https://www.facebook.com/groups/349032945534656
44:39
November 07, 2022
284: Chatting about Practical Happiness with Pamela Gail Johnson
284: Chatting about Practical Happiness with Pamela Gail Johnson
Negative social media posts. Frightening headlines. Workplace challenges. These are all things that Pamela Gail Johnson, the founder of the Society of Happy People, would label “Happiness Zappers,” and they are a fact of life. The good news is these Happiness Zappers don’t have to put a lid on our smiles. “We will all experience at least one or more Happiness Zapper — unhappiness, stress, fear, chaos or annoyances — each day,” Johnson said in a recent interview. “Much of our happiness is based on how we manage the Happiness Zappers.” In her enlightening new book, Practical Happiness: Four Principles to Improve Your Life, Johnson paves a pathway toward authentic joy and fulfillment, with actionable strategies, transformational techniques, and real stories about real people who have put Johnson’s principles into practice. “The Society of Happy People identified 31 types of happiness to help you identify more happy moments when they happen,” she added. “Sometimes, we’re happier than we think we are; we just don’t notice all of the happiness we experience.” In her book, she details four happiness principles for living an authentically more joyful life: • Happiness is Personal • Happiness Zappers Can be Managed • Happiness Changes as You Change • Happiness is Bigger Than You Think These four principles will help readers redefine personal happiness, manage their Happiness Zappers, and become more aware of the happy moments taking place all around them. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Pamela Gail Johnson founded the Society of Happy People in 1998, created the first three globally celebrated happiness holidays, and is the author of Practical Happiness: Four Principles to Improve Your Life. She started her career with Junior Achievement, then worked in the mental health and substance abuse field at the Hazelden Foundation. She was an award-winning salesperson for American Express and Staples and now helps leaders and teams create happier workplace cultures. A frequent media guest on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, radio, and podcasts, her work has been covered by magazines, newspapers, and online publications. She divides her time between Dallas, Texas, and Washington, DC. Visit her website www.sohp.com Grab Practical Happiness https://amzn.to/3stb64l Free Gift; sohp.com/gift To Donate to Shores of Grace go to shoresofgrace.com click donate in comment box put PHILLY
53:08
October 31, 2022
283: Chatting about the Mess that is Your Message
283: Chatting about the Mess that is Your Message
Sometimes it is so hard to share the mess that is your story. Today I am sharing my journey growing up, losing a sister, and how I concluded that I would not let anyone put me in a box. Sometimes there is a message in the mess that is your life. 
29:30
October 24, 2022
282: When You Feel Outside of the Circle
282: When You Feel Outside of the Circle
We all have times when we feel like we don't belong when it seems like everyone else has got something going on and you are just stuck. Instead of worrying about what we don't have, we need to look at our lives with a fresh perspective. 
16:53
October 17, 2022
281: Chatting about Patience in the Waiting
281: Chatting about Patience in the Waiting
In this world of instant gratification and social media highlights, sometimes we want what we want now, and we don't want to wait. Listen in as I chat about how sometimes waiting is a great thing even when at the time you don't think it is. 
24:45
October 13, 2022
280: Dealing with Frustration
280: Dealing with Frustration
What do you do when you get frustrated? Do you cry? Do you get mad? Do you yell, scream and curse? What frustrates you? Listen in as I chat about what got me frustrated and how I dealt with it. Sometimes it is in the unexpected that we find the answers. 
19:31
October 07, 2022
279: Chatting about Medicinal Chemistry with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, Ph.D
279: Chatting about Medicinal Chemistry with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, Ph.D
An internationally recognized expert on edible & medicinal wild plants, Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, Ph.D. half-jokingly describes himself as a “scientist raised by wolves.” Merriwether’s brain earned him a master’s in medicinal chemistry and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry, but his heart has always driven him to learn and share the secrets of nature to anyone ready to hear them. His love of nature was instilled in him by his parents and grandparents, who used nature’s gifts to feed and care for the family. Endless hours of his childhood were spent in the wild…and this continues on to today, where he leads plant walkabouts across Texas, teaching people the ethical way to gather food and medicine. This deep study of plants and their properties caused people to call him “Merriwether,” after the famed botanist/explorer Meriwether Lewis. His professional chemistry career was that of a healer of the Earth, developing ways to safely and cleanly interact with its gifts. Among the results of that time are fifteen patents using natural plants, microorganisms, and oyster chemistry to make the world safer. Because of his past, he was chosen to be the medicine man for Medicine Man Plant Co., a 3-person company devoted to bringing back the medicinal plants, mushrooms, and movements our ancestors evolved using. Merriwether’s study of early people, combined with his scientific understanding of the human body, has led him to believe many modern health issues are because we no longer interact with nature the way we evolved. Just as our diet needs critical vitamins and minerals for proper health, we also need certain physical, mental, and social actions to avoid “lifestyle” health problems. Helpful Links  Website www.medicinemanplantco.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/medicinemanplantco Instagram: www.instagram.com/mmplantco TikTok: @dr.merriwether Book Mentioned   Peterson Field Guide To Medicinal Plants & Herbs Of Eastern & Central N. America: Third Edition https://amzn.to/3zczyLj {affiliate link}
49:45
August 03, 2022
278: Chatting about Gardening with Stephanie Rose
278: Chatting about Gardening with Stephanie Rose
Stephanie is the founder of the popular website GardenTherapy.ca, an award-winning author (Garden Alchemy, 2020), and a student and teacher of organic gardening and permaculture who aims to encourage better living through plants. The Regenerative Garden is a guide to working with nature, instead of against it, by employing permaculture techniques to create a garden that is not just more beautiful and productive, but also more resilient. Whatever the size of your space, from a tiny patio garden to a big backyard, and whether you grow food, flowers, shrubs, trees, or a combination of all, The Regenerative Garden is here to help you become a better, more eco-conscious gardener. The 80 featured projects include step-by-step instructions on how to: Employ intensive planting to reduce weeding and watering chores Use living mulches to amend the soil Build self-watering planters and wicking beds to reduce water use Install a rain garden to catch runoff Plant a wildlife hedge to support creatures and create a windbreak and noise buffer Compost projects and systems to repurpose waste on-site Make a butterfly migration station to support pollinators of all sorts A healthy, organic, regenerative garden is a perfect example of a self-sustaining ecosystem; everything works in tandem, is intricately connected, and comes full circle to create its own never-ending cycle of life. Helpful Links: Website https://gardentherapy.ca/ and https://gardentherapy.ca/regenerative-garden/ Books Grab The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem https://amzn.to/3r360fi {affiliate link} All Books By Stephanie Rose https://amzn.to/3B0O6iu { affiliate link}
48:30
July 27, 2022
 277: California Dreaming
277: California Dreaming
In this episode of Chats from the Blog Cabin, I am heading to California. Listen in as I discuss what lead me to finally fly to California and hear what I have been up to lately.  Also, learn how I unblocked my creativity and where I recorded this podcast from. My inner sanctuary inside my home.  Here are all the links to what I discussed in the podcast Fighting Words https://amzn.to/3RDvivD { affiliate link} Similiar Shoe Rack Mine is sold out https://amzn.to/3AXtV5c {affiliate link} wallpaperhttps://amzn.to/3aIhSxJ You Can save 5% off these now { affiliate link} noodles Get them at your local dollar store  Shoe keepers - https://amzn.to/3PrNrec You can save 20% off of these now { Affiliate LInk} Instagram for Frugal Mom - https://www.instagram.com/frugalmom/ Reel to Master Bath- https://www.instagram.com/reel/CcbBKUApart/ Reel to Master Closet - https://www.instagram.com/p/CgE-3VLjrg5/ Exploring Wayne - https://www.instagram.com/exploringwayne/
26:34
July 20, 2022
276: Chatting with Deanne Burch About Living in a Remote Village in Alaska and The Lessons She Learned
276: Chatting with Deanne Burch About Living in a Remote Village in Alaska and The Lessons She Learned
At the age of 23, new bride Deanne Burch accompanied her husband, Ernest “Tiger” Burch, to the Inuit village of Kivalina, Alaska, a barrier island 83 miles above the Arctic Circle. Tiger was conducting a study of the natives, but Deanne, a naïve city girl, was completely unprepared for what she was about to experience. Tiger would say that what happened to them was bad luck. Deanne calls it destiny. In Journey Through Fire and Ice: Shattered Dreams Above the Arctic Circle, Deanne recounts in vivid detail her unforgettable story of the months spent in a remote Inuit (Inupiaq) village. “I think when something happens — the tragedy that happened to us in Alaska — you always live on the edge of it. You never forget what really happened,” Deanne said in a recent interview. In Kivalina, Deanne lived on the edge of two worlds — the one she left behind and the one where she reluctantly participated in all aspects of the women’s lives. Skinning seals, cleaning and drying fish, and cutting beluga and caribou to store became her way of life. Plumbing, running water and electricity were not available. Loneliness was a constant companion until a few women befriended her. During a span of six days, Deanne and Tiger narrowly escaped death during a camping trip, and Tiger suffered severe burns from a fire in their house. He spent three months in the hospital receiving treatment for seared lungs and horrific burns on his face and hands. His lungs never recovered from this ordeal. When he was finally released from the hospital, he returned to the village with Deanne to complete the study. The life-threatening and harrowing experiences in Alaska transformed Deanne into a woman of strength who learned how to embrace challenges. Over 50 years later, she remembers that young girl who left on an unknown journey that will live in her heart forever. Author Deanne Burch was born and raised in Canada and attended the University of Toronto, obtaining B.A. degrees in liberal arts and social work. After the Alaska journey, she and her husband eventually settled in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where they lived until his death. Deanne spent 30 years as a professional international photographer who taught and lectured in the U.S. and Canada. She published several articles in photography magazines and journals. Since retiring in 2014, she devoted herself to writing short stories and children’s stories. Journey Through Fire and Ice: Shattered Dreams Above the Arctic Circle was published in March 2021. For more information, please visit www.Deanneburch.com. Grab Journey Through Fire and Ice: Shattered Dreams Above the Arctic Circle - https://amzn.to/3HOFq0c {affiliate link}
45:38
July 14, 2022
275: Dealing With Grief
275: Dealing With Grief
Our family has been hit hard by death within the last month. I am talking about how I got through my sister's death by leaning on the verse Phil 4: 4-7 and how that peace that surpasses all understanding sustained me in the days and weeks after the death took place.  Fighting Words by Ellie Holcomb https://amzn.to/3OrTpM1 { Affiliate link}
30:45
June 22, 2022
274: Things That Have Happened In My Life Recently