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It's me, Cindy

It's me, Cindy

By Cindy
Like a one-way phone call with your best friend... yakking about what I've heard, saw, read, ate, thought of, plus an endless stream of ways to have more fun and a happier life... and you can't get a word in edgewise.
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85: Discovering Jewels
Grab a coffee and join me in this perfect few minutes… and I’ll share the secret of collecting gems.
May 03, 2022
84: Look Who's Learning Spanish
Why it was time to start learning Spanish (through the FREE! Duolingo app) and how my efforts to be a better communicator are going.  And looking at the weekend as a treasure hunt and how to find the gem. Disfruta esta podcast!!! 
April 25, 2022
83: The New Puppy!
Was it a sign? Are was I just crazy.  Anyway, she's here now and here's how it happened and what it's like. 
March 25, 2022
82: The Feel Better Hotline
A school flash back triggered by Zoom, a revelation (or three) about friends, and the best story you'll hear all week- the hotline that offers free advice and encouragement doled out by some sage little kids.  Call PEP TOC at 707-998-8410... if only to hear kids laughing. 
March 09, 2022
81: Angels Among Us
How can you be crushed by the loss of a casual acquaintance or even someone you'd never actually met?  When you knew them to be so steeped in goodness that they raised the bar for us mere mortals. 
February 15, 2022
80: Empty Pockets
Stories of spending and spending some more. Plus, the dark secret to Target’s sales, the trouble with new cars and I take a crack at doing math!!
February 01, 2022
79: On Being Influenced
Taking a closer look at why I (and you) feel the way we do about the choices we make.   Turns out, its not always our choice. 
January 24, 2022
78: Who is Bored?
Me. Join me while I work to sort it out.  
January 13, 2022
Bonus: Best of (Part 2: Moments)
It's not the books we read or the movies we watched that make a year worth living. Sure, they may add something or at least kill a little clock or give you some diversion, entertainment or amusement, but it's the moments that give life the richness.  Here, some moments from 2021, mine, George's and Paul's.  
December 31, 2021
Bonus: Best Of (Part 1: Media)
Maybe it’s not so much what was this year's best books, TV shows or documentaries but rather what was most memorable.
December 28, 2021
77: Gravity and other forces of Nature
The effects of life on Earth, plus listen to the most wonderful Christmas Song in history.  I bought a copy just for you. 
December 02, 2021
76: Pork Pie Hats and Led Zep too
Oh boy!  A musical episode!!! With stories!! Want to know more?  You'll just have to click play.  
November 23, 2021
75: Led Zeppelin
What? You need more? Just hit play.
November 09, 2021
74 Back to Flying
Observations on returning to life at 35,000 feet above sea level.  And in airports.  And fending off FEAR OF FLYING. 
November 03, 2021
73: It's me, sorry
Beginning the Fourth Season (whoa!) with apologies for a long delayed follow up to what could have been a disaster but wasn't and for what it is. A plea for TV help.  And a great documentary on drummers not to be missed.  And more.   
October 18, 2021
Bonus: Hurricane Part One
The rain is pounding and the wind is whipping… Here’s how I’m trying to cope
August 22, 2021
72: Best Iced Coffee Recipe
... and so much more that made this such a satisfying, challenging, fun and entirely fabulous day.  But that iced coffee.  Oh yeah, that pushed it over the top.   
July 10, 2021
71: New Life Lessons
So, it's not quite like a light bulb went on, more like one of those LED lights that start dim but get brighter.  But, however it happened, I've gradually arrived at some new perspectives on living, loving (or hating) work, making big changes and finding the most useful tools to handle whatever life throws at me.  And of course, I have to share because that's the kind of friend I am.  :-) 
May 31, 2021
70: #CopingWithCovid: Are We Done YET?
It's feeling like we're heading back to normal... but is there a new challenge to cope with?  And speaking of challenges, that Bugs Bunny quiz was a breeze!  
April 22, 2021
69: #CopingWithCovid: A Special Announcement
Not just one but two big realizations- one about what a profound time this is (for all of  us), and one about the secret key to unlocking creativity (at least for me) . So, I share.   And now this song is playing in my head.  Could be worse, I love this song:
April 06, 2021
68: #CopingwithCovid: A Year in Numbers
Seven minutes of statistics from this odd year we've lived. Some surprising and some not so much.  
March 29, 2021
67: Still Coping... with Peanut M&Ms
Damn. The good news, I figured out why I'd been over packing my fridge and have gotten that under control. The bad news?  I've got a new  overindulgence and sadly I'm going to have to put the kibash on that next.   
March 02, 2021
Bonus: 10 Things to Like About Winter
It's not all frostbite and dangerous roads. Reasons to appreciate the season and a couple of ideas to make shoveling snow easier.   
February 11, 2021
66: #CopingwithCovid: Choosing Happiness
Okay, so life continues to be a challenge.  Maybe the way to meet it is to work on a new mindset. More looking on the bright side AND a zoomless virtual class  to steer your brain over to the sunny side of the street. Get your pen and paper ready!
January 30, 2021
Bonus: 2021 Takes Flight
Starting the year looking up (literally) and looking ahead.
January 01, 2021
65: #CopingwithCovid; Dear Diary
1) A (very) early morning entry. A page (or three) on what life is like right this minute. Or, 2) a rambling, random stream of consciousness triggered by an early morning thought... about electricity. Okay, it’s weird. (Yes, that’s the Maxfield Parrish painting)
December 23, 2020
64: #CopingwithCovid and Masks
Tales of mistaken identities as the weirdness continues.  Plus, what's this like for dogs? 
December 17, 2020
63: #CopingwithCovid; It's NOT YOU!
The good news is that your lack of focus, lack of drive and lack of whatever else you used to have... isn't gone for good!  Whew!  And here are three weapons to arm yourself against the struggles of Pandemia.  
December 01, 2020
62: #CopingwithCovid; How to Battle Winter Blues
Here in New York, it's dark before dinnertime. But in Scandinavia, it'll be mostly dark for months.  How do they deal with it?  Turns out there is a way to be okay that will also help us as we continue to try to cope with Covid.  
November 10, 2020
61: #CopingwithCovid; Clearing Brain Fog
Turns out we're all suffering but here are a few ways to clear brain fog, at least for a while. 
October 29, 2020
60: #CopingwithCovid and Zoom
The new normal has changed the way we do our meetings. What we need now is a guidebook to avoid the pitfalls. So, here you go.
October 23, 2020
59: Still. #CopingwithCovid
Why has it taken me over a month to do a new episode?   Here's why.  
October 16, 2020
Bonus: 9/11 Anniversaries
September 11th.  A date that marks both the start of my radio career at WALK and what-felt-like the end of the world.   Behind the scenes on a morning radio show, any given day and then the days after disaster. 
September 11, 2020
58: #CopingwithCovid; Taking Temps Part 4
Jim's radio work has quieted down, but the ShamWOW guy sent a gift!  More bandmates missing music as Clutch and the guys report from the high seas.  And then crank up the volume as the episode and season 2 ends with a great tune guaranteed to lift your spirits (from one of last summer's Bobby Nathan Band gigs).  
August 21, 2020
57: #CopingwithCovid; Dear Michelle Obama...
I hear ya, sister. Got that low grade depression over here too. My best defense? Oreo cookies.
August 07, 2020
56: #CopingwithCovid; Taking Temps The Musical (or, Part 3)
This time, we're checking in with some musicians.  Drummer James Benard, sax player Mikey Vitale and singer Conor Hanley.  Normally they'd all be too busy gigging to take time to talk, but this is the new normal and they've all got some time.  Good news for us, not so much for them.  Both Mikey and Conor are sharing their talents on YouTube, so check them out.  But first, listen to how their lives are going now. 
August 05, 2020
55: #CopingwithCovid; Taking Temperatures Part 2
Listening in on David, Jen, Adele and Bernie... all sorting through and sometimes learning there can be new ways to look at life. Want to share your take? Write it up or record on your phone and send it to me at
July 09, 2020
54: #CopingwithCovid; Taking Temperatures Part One
Listening in on Leer, Elizabeth, Marc, Lynn, Brett... all sharing the view from where they are.... not just in Hollywood, Huntington, New Jersey,  New Hampshire, Boston... or just off the air... but where they are in their lives.   And if you want to share your take, hit record on your phone or write it out and email to We're all in this together even though it's not the same for any two of us.   Weird times.  
June 27, 2020
53: #CopingwithCovid; The New Normal
Here's how it's looking from where I'm sitting... But how about you?  If you feel like sharing, leave me a message at  
June 16, 2020
52: #CopingwithCovid; Filling the Fridge
The comfort of (too much) food. Plus yet another idea for curbing stress and boosting happiness (can we have too many?  I don't think so....) 
June 06, 2020
51: #CopingwithCovid; Spotting Silver Linings
Even in times of trouble, there are bright spots to be found.  
May 20, 2020
Bonus: Mothers and Others
Lessons, memories, excuses and a few great role models, in honor of the one day a year moms get a little glory. 
May 09, 2020
50: #CopingwithCovid; How ya doing?
Checking in to see how you're holding up and offering a couple of ideas and observations on slugging through this crazy misadventure.  
May 01, 2020
49: #CopingwithCovid; Sidestepping Stress
More ways to combat stress include seeing faces, soaking and sobbing your heart out. 
April 05, 2020
Bonus: #CopingwithCovid; Three Minutes Peace
Ahhhh. My backyard chimes and birds team for this calming soundtrack.  A bonus companion to the Coping with Corona series. 
April 01, 2020
48: #CopingwithCovid; Staying Sane
It's me, with tips on coping with isolation from an article by Astronaut Scott Kelly. 
March 24, 2020
47: #CopingwithCovid; Seeking Comfort
Fuzzy bathrobes, hot baths and dozens of more ideas to soothe our jangley nerves. 
March 17, 2020
46: The Science of Binge Watching and Lost Things
How Netflix holds your eyeballs, 'special offer' trickery and tales of lost things. 
February 27, 2020
45: Lisa, Liz, Leana and Stick Figuring
There's something really wonderful about women friends and all the realizations and laughter they trigger.  
February 13, 2020
44: Whatever
It’s my multi-purpose go-to word.  And what's so funny?  
January 29, 2020
Bonus: How to Stop Killing Radio
An open letter, one brilliant idea and a very simple explanations for radio groups, corporations and stations.  You're welcome. 
January 20, 2020
It's me... with Marc Cartwright
Sure, today Marc Cartwright's a very successful headshot photographer,  branching off to new success as a film director.  But he's also smart, insightful, funny and every bit the same sweet guy as when he and my daughter went off to the Junior Prom.  Nice that some things (and people) never change.  Check out, and follow him on Instagram at @mcphotog.  
January 15, 2020
It’s me... with Richie Byrne Part 3
Richie’s got a big idea, putting comedy to work to tackle prejudice. Here’s how it came up and where it’s heading.
January 06, 2020
Bonus: My 2020 Vision
Looking ahead with hope, a plan and a page from Fiona's book.   
December 30, 2019
43: In Search of Good TV
Big drama at my house as planned obsolescence, too many crap choices and nothing good on TV are getting me thinking I may break up with my cable bill.   
December 22, 2019
It’s me... with Richie Byrne Part 2
From Stand-Up Comic to Warm-Up Guy for Dr. Oz,’ you’d better believe Richie’s got some great stories. Photo: Lisa Finn catching him in the act.
December 06, 2019
It’s me... with Richie Byrne Part 1
Meet Richie Byrne; comic, cut-up, story teller. Think of this as your free front row seat to ’The Rich History of a Stand-up Guy.’ We hope you enjoy the show! And thanks to Lisa Finn for the fabulous photo!
December 02, 2019
42: Flying Geese and Photo Facts
Presenting, my feathered friends, a great photo tip and what you may lose by taking pictures.  Another fascinating episode, to be sure!  
November 24, 2019
It's me... with Conor Hanley
One of the very talented stars of the spectacular/Pub-tacular "The Choir of Man," Conor gives an Irishman's perspective of the significance of Pub life and why this show's homage to the changing landscape is so important.   Plus, Irish pride, the connection of strangers and his first big role on stage.
November 13, 2019
41: Waiting for Nail Polish to Dry
Random thoughts and observations pulled from a spiral notebook.  Worth a listen if even to hear word of encouragement to do nothing at all. What? Yup.  Not. A. Thing. 
October 23, 2019
Bonus: Accidental Treasure Hunt
In the interest of getting something done, I’m met with a landslide of surprises.
October 06, 2019
40: How to Stop Worrying
What I've learned about stopping the madness.  And cutting the panic.  And getting some sleep.  
October 04, 2019
It's me... with Merv Marvey
How do you go from South Africa to New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee to on stage on the ocean?  And what's life on a cruise ship like?  And what 's next?   All this and more in the fascinating life journey (so far) of this charming and thoughtful singer/actor/philosopher.  
September 26, 2019
39: The Attic
Stumbling on a fascinating statistic, I'm weighing the options for waving goodbye.  And exploring new uses for t-shirts (Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Alex Eaves of
September 20, 2019
38: Be. Here. Now.
What multi-tasking and mediocrity have in common and three simple steps to get more out of everything.  All in under 10 minutes.  Whoa.
August 29, 2019
37: Let's Review (Year One!)
On the first anniversary of this podcast, and the first episode of Season Two(!!),  it's time to explore my compulsion to share, connect the dots over the first year and meet a goat.   So much fun in so little time. 
August 19, 2019
It's me... with Jim Wilbat
Hanging out in high school, I had no idea if he (or I) would amount to anything.  Decades later, we're hanging out in a coffee shop talking about his fascinating life as a glass artist, how he found his path, where he gets inspiration and what exactly IS Art Fair Bingo.  (After you listen, look at his amazing work at and prepare to have your eyes pop out!) 
August 13, 2019
Bonus: Off to College
Packing them up and sending them off?  If you feel like your heart is breaking or the stress is splitting you in two, I got ya. 
August 05, 2019
Bonus: Hazy, Hot and Forky
Yup, sure is hot out.  And here's my two cents on that.  Plus Summer Movie's newest hero!! And how to make your own.  (This could be my favorite episode so far.  Or one of them)  
July 20, 2019
36: Surprise! Friends with Benefits Part 2
You start talking and thinking about friends and the next thing you know...  Here's what happened to me after last week's episode.  plus a story that'll plant a powerful seed. 
July 15, 2019
35: Friends with Benefits
We're talking real, actual, face-to-face friends and what they do for you (aside from just being your friends).  Plus, an unexpected but easy way to find new friends.  I dare you to listen. :-)
July 10, 2019
34: My Mojo is Missing
Missing motivation to do anything,  I escape to a backlog of books that offer some surprises. 
July 02, 2019
33: In Support of Vacation
Like you need a reason to take a vacation... but maybe you need a little push.  And bit of encouragement.  So, here you go.  Don't thank me, just send a postcard! 
June 19, 2019
32: Your happy childhood memory?
Kickstart relaxing by recalling a happy childhood memory?  Sounds easy, but it turned in to a mighty challenge.   
June 10, 2019
31: Smartphone Dangers! and Etiquette
Here's news you may already know; Smartphones can be very bad.  Double that if your toddler has one.  Plus, don't you think we need a handbook on the rules for polite cellphone use? 
June 03, 2019
30: Birds, Flowers and Pink Power
The rewards and benefits of making it through winter.  Looking closely at flowers.  And how Pepto Bismol Pink and a photo of eyeballs can alter behavior.     Sounds interesting, right? 
May 20, 2019
29: Stinkin' Thieves Used My Credit Card?
A phone call started it all.  And hours later, I had to be grateful.  
May 06, 2019
28: New Books, EyeBombing and Jenga
Love me some new books that share how colorful paint and googly eyes can make your life more joyful... and how work/life balance works better as a stacking game.   
April 29, 2019
27: Pigeons, Pings and Pondering
How much time do you spend plugged in?   The new book "Digital Minimalism" shares an interesting study (pigeons) to explain the effects of apps (pings) and points out what they're stealing (pondering).  
April 22, 2019
It's me... with MORE from Marisa Johnson
In the previous episode, Marisa talks about how to get out of being stuck or unhappy.  Now listen to how to find your way to loving your life.  Come on, you know you deserve it.   Find out more at 
April 15, 2019
It's me... with Marisa Johnson
If you're not living the life you want, listen to how Marisa discovered the path to being truly happy.  Find out more at
April 10, 2019
26: Halle Berry Shares a Secret
As Burger King comes with more ways to expand our waistline, my dear friend Halle has a great secret to staying svelte. Plus, even Freud knows a trick to making people do better or fail miserably.  
April 01, 2019
25: Kondo the Clutter Killer
Finally watched Marie Kondo's show.  Here's what I thought, learned and realized.  And no, my house still isn't tidy. 
March 25, 2019
It's me... with Leer Leary
A prolific voice actor, now he's stepping out from behind the mic to get in front of cameras and audiences as he focuses on the acting part of his former job description.  How'd he do it?  It’s part timing, part luck and part doing what you love. Now this bass player —> teacher —>referee —> sound-meister is on to his next adventure.  
March 18, 2019
24 Procrastination; Just Do It... Later.
I say, if you don’t want to do something, don’t.  But if procrastination is a problem, i discovered a few tricks to triumph!
March 11, 2019
It's me... with Kristen Becker
Buffalo named her the Queen of Comedy, but she's way more than that these days, touring with Tammy Fae Baker's son, throwing lifelines to LGBT kids and working to make the world a little more fun and a lot more loving.   Take a listen and then visit  
March 08, 2019
It's me... with Michael White
There are some great lessons to learn from Mike's very interesting journey (that included a job in the Caymans) on his road to success.  Or, Here's where gumption will get you.  
March 01, 2019
23: Completions and Collections
How long does it take to finish a project?  Sometimes, nearly forever.  And how one tiny object can open the floodgates of collecting.
February 24, 2019
22: Slang, Skydiving and Origami
How phat is your vocabulary? How to celebrate a 102nd birthday and how a paper crane tackles worrying. 
February 17, 2019
Bonus Love Episode
It's hearts and flowers time. Perfect time to look closely at who you love most.  
February 12, 2019
21: Back from Dover and Loving Boredom
What happens when you spend 90 minutes in a quiet car?  Plus THE cutest sound you will ever hear and, as always, plenty of tangents.
February 05, 2019
20: You've Got Tech History!
Overhearing a Dad talking to his tot triggers a whole lotta thoughts. Plus, the backstory and update on Siri and Alexa's dad.
January 28, 2019
19: Art and Vision (Boards)
Just make something.   Want something?  Go ahead, ask the universe.  Plus, this selfie tip could save ya thousands.  
January 22, 2019
18: Little Miracles
How a series of scrapes and sprains triggered a BIG revelation.   Plus, boning up on fitness options.  (There's a lot to learn.)  
January 15, 2019
Bonus: Five Minute Dance Workout
Motivation to move your mass.  Click play.  Spin, jump, rock, flail.  Have fun. 
January 07, 2019
17: Reasons to Dance Like Nobody's Watching
Shake your mass for health and happiness with music to get you started.  Plus, a brilliant @RobLowe tongue twister to amaze/amuse your friends!
January 07, 2019
Bonus: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
What do you REALLY want in 2019?  Here's an idea how to find it.   Plus, invaluable tips from the Scottish! And more... 
December 30, 2018
Bonus: One Crazy Christmas
A story of how a bathtub Christmas tree, a dead bird and a bad attitude made for a memorable family holiday.
December 20, 2018
16: Back From Boulder
Tourist tips, Celestial Seasonings snares me ... and I ate WHAT?
December 10, 2018
15: Parisian Treats and Ghostbusters
Preparing for a long-awaited visit to family by making lists and fancy French cookies. And which Ghostbusters movie is your favorite? The first, right?
December 03, 2018
14: I Feel GREAT!
How to be Happy(er). Plus, Pet Rocks and other truly stupid gifts ideas.
November 28, 2018
13: Clocks and Cameras
In the race against time, we're rarely the winners. But I found how to slow it down a little. Plus, how taking all those photos is cheating your memory. Fascinating, yes?
November 19, 2018
12: Theorys on turkeys, presents and growing up
Oprah's pick gives me a great idea. And there's something delicious in it for you. Plus, odd catalog choices, where'd the turkeys go and are you different than you were?
November 11, 2018
Bonus: Turn Back Time Episode
Inspired by turning back the clocks; memories of radio jobs, weird (and wonderful) alarm clocks and odd ideas to get people to like you (which does NOT include waking them up). And if you're looking for a great idea for family night, I think I've got it!
November 04, 2018
11: Halloween Sweet Tooth
My favorite holiday, a trip to the DMV, how to burn off a Big Mac and what Mad Magazine got right... among other things. Oh, and why your brain flips out when you decide to change a bad habit. Fascinating. And more. How I do go on...
October 30, 2018
10: Tea Time, Decisions and Chin Ups
Moving into the cold months, trying to be better at decisions and what that chin-up bar made me do.
October 25, 2018
9: A Tale of Too Much
I have HOW MANY cans of mushroom soup? I blame the shopping cart.
October 14, 2018
Bonus Episode: Supreme Disappointment
Betsy's little sister, Betty DeVos, explains what's wrong with women's rights.
October 06, 2018
8: Wolf Whistles
In France, it'll cost 'em. Here in the US, we're still paying the penalty in a different way.
October 01, 2018
7: Superpowers, TV and Pantyhose
My useless superpower, your TV update and.... WHAT? There's still a dress code??
September 23, 2018
6: Pseudo Speedo, Messages and a Coupla Comics
Just between us... and please just tell me how to reach you! #yogapants #texting #comics #oldschool
September 17, 2018
5: Alexa, Pumpkin Season and Impulse Shopping
You know that ___ you bought on impulse? You are not alone.
September 10, 2018
4: The Back to School Episode
New crayons, school rules, lunchboxes and some books I learned to love.
September 04, 2018
3: Ruby, Joy... and Rage??
Working with Ruby, searching for joy and laughing at rage. Plus, my awesome songwriting samples!
September 01, 2018
2: Bad Timing and Overspending
Yes, I paid nearly EIGHT DOLLARS for a Chai Latte. And it nearly killed me. Here’s how it happened...
August 27, 2018
1: Pancakes, Yoga and Ruby
Trying to answer “What AM I doing?” Plus Facebook reunions and Simon’s Cat.
August 18, 2018