Burning Shield

In the Moments with Marianne book club Burning Shield: The Jason Schechterle Story by Landon J. Napoleon

Growing up, Jason Schechterle had one dream – to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason’s life took an unexpected, dramatic and, at the time, tragic turn.

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Chicken Soup For The Soul: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

 

In the Moments with Marianne book club Chicken Soup For The Soul: Laughter Is The Best Medicine by Amy Newmark!

Do you need some levity to help with the ups and downs of life?  Chicken Soup For The Soul‘s latest book Laughter Is The Best Medicine: 101 Feel Good Stories, gives readers an easy way to gain a laugh with short real-life stories.  This is Chicken Soup for the Soul’s first-ever humor collection, and a perfect read for everyone!

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Good Talk

In the Moments with Marianne book club Good Talk: How to Design Conversations That Matter by Daniel Stillman!

Do you know what it takes to develop dialogue that really matters?  Good Talk by Daniel Stillman explains how to view the conversations you have, and how to structure a conversation that brings greater engagement and connection, regardless if you’re speaking to a single person or engaged in a large group settings.  Our lives are developed based on the skill level of communication we have with others.  So it’s important to develop impactful conversation by choice, not chance.  Filled with tips, tools and easy to follow instructions, Good Talk is the perfect read for orators, professionals and people of all skillset.

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The Paradise Table

In the Moments with Marianne book club The Paradise Table: a Kate Grace Mystery by Maryann Ridini Spencer 

Maryann Ridini Spencer follows up with her award-winning novel Lady in the Window with another enticing and empowering page-turner. The Paradise Table, with its touches of divine inspiration, demonstrates how out of heartbreak and loss, and with the love of ohana (friends and family), we can find hope, healing, and understanding.

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On My Watch: A Memoir by Virginia Buckingham

In the Moments with Marianne book club On My Watch by Virginia Buckingham.

What if you were publicly blamed for the 9/11 attacks? Virginia shares her story as head of Boston’s Logan International Airport during September 11th, and finds herself in the middle of a media and political storm as she is publicly blamed for the terrorist attacks. This heartbreaking story, shares the trauma, and struggle as Virginia is blamed for the unimaginable that occurred on her watch, and how she moves forward with faith as she creates a new life.

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The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Moments with Marianne book club pick for June is The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi!  This remarkable novel that will transport you to another place and time. A beautifully crafted and intoxicating read, The Henna Artist is filled with color, tradition, and bravery, as 30-year old henna artist Lakshmi Shastri sets out on her own to redefine her life and pursue her dreams.  At the pinnacle of her career, Lakshmi’s past soon comes to haunt her, but is everything really what it seems?

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Marianne Pestana Joins the Emmy Nominated The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS

Delighted to announce that I’ve joined the Emmy nominated Whitney Reynolds Show on Chicago PBS as a producer for Season 10!  Now airing in six states on PBS:  Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Florida!  Tune in for a show that educates, motivate and makes a difference, one topic at a time!

What started as an online talk show, the program gained momentum quickly and moved to NBC within its first year. In 2012 the show made strategic changes, which included a move to PBS Stations in Chicagoland, The Quad Cities, Peoria and Jacksonville, FL. The Whitney Reynolds Show is currently in season nine and recently released it’s first book, “Beyond The Interview, A 52 Week Guide of Inspiration.”

You can learn more about The Whitney Reynolds Show at https://www.whitneyreynolds.com 

Seeing Opportunities in Challenges

When faced with overwhelming bills, relationships difficulties, oppressive bosses, unreasonable clients, over booked schedules, never ending to-do list, aggressive people along our path or difficulties with health, are you viewing these as challenges or opportunities?

While most people would view these as difficulties or life altering events, shifting perspective can not only change how you feel about the situation, but also the outcome.

The world will offer to you, what you choose to see in it

If we ask ourselves  “What am I supposed to learn here?” it shifts the energy of the situation. This moves us from a victim mentality of things happening to us, to one of opportunity, learning and growth. This simple question can change our world. We instantly become inquisitive about the the world around us and move from problem defining into problem solving.  This empowering view is a process that you can get excited about.  How can I shift the energy from where I am to where I want to be?

Reflecting on this phrase can change the energy of what we perceive is taking place, how we react to a given situation and more importantly, what can be learned as we become aware of the bigger picture and step outside of our individual pain or fear. 

In the end, isn’t it all about our perception?  Are we having a good life experience where we choose to see the positive in everything we are faced with, or one that is fraught with individualized fear & pain?  Either way, it’s all a choice.

Make Every Moment Count!

Navigating to Inner Peace

With so much chaos in the world, it can seem impossible to find a place of peace, let alone peace within ourselves. We often hear that world peace begins with us, but how do we navigate from where we are to where we want to be? This quote from the Dalai Lama has always been a golden reminder that obtaining peace begins with us.
“Changing the world for the better begins with individuals creating inner peace within themselves.” – Dalai Lama
When our own hearts and minds become peaceful, so does our world.

Inner peace can sometimes seem like a difficult thing to accomplish, like an out-of-reach level of enlightenment that’s only obtained by yogis or spiritual masters. But this is not the case. We go through life shouldering the baggage of someone else’s story, their programmed behaviors and limiting beliefs. If we listen to what is really being said, in the background the distorted messages of “You’re not good enough,” “You’ll never amount to anything,” and “You’re not worthy,” are really old recordings of a story that someone else decided to believe.

Perhaps our great-grandparents were told this by their parents and then shared that with their children. Perhaps a boss hears that from a supervisor on a daily basis and continues the cycle with his employees. Maybe it’s something that a coach or mentor has said with the intent in offering “constructive criticism,” but instead delivers a heartbreaking pain that lasts a lifetime. However it shows up, it’s a limited belief that is then handed down as if it’s a right of passage.

In all of this you have a choice. You can choose to believe what you have been told, or question everything and develop new beliefs about yourself, what you value and who it is that you are. You are worthy, you are amazing, you are always good enough, and so much more. When you know this in your heart to be true, the inner dialogue quiets and you are left with a new way of being, one that has brought you to the the path of inner peace. As every journey begins with a single step, so does your path toward developing inner peace.

Make Every Moment Count,

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Featured Guest: Judy Goodman, CPC, CSRC, CRC, Speaker, Professional Coach and Award-Winning Author of Journey… The Quest of the Soul, Shares Her Global Work.

by staff writer Victoria Davis

Judy Goodman is an award-winning author, highly recognized motivational speaker, devoted mother, beloved grandmother and, as others put it, a “teacher of teachers.” For many years, she was immersed in the high-profile public work-force, even being involved in negotiations between Russia and The United States regarding an aircraft of the future. But over 35 years ago, Goodman decided to devote her time entirely to what she says was “always my destiny”— guiding people along both the physical and metaphysical journey of life. 

“I was born walking in two different worlds,” said Goodman, who is internationally recognized for being a certified professional coach helping clients of all backgrounds and ages, find healing from addiction and trauma. “I knew I was different, I just didn’t know how far that was going to take me.”

Goodman is a trained hypnotherapist and her work, as a teacher and counselor, has taken her all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Europe, Egypt, and Peru, and has given her the chance to meet with many public figures and celebrities. One of the achievements she is very proud of is her audio book, ‘Journey…The Quest of the Soul,’ which has been downloaded in twenty-three countries.  Goodman was a bit ahead of her time when she decided to make the book ‘audio,’ and subsequently re-mastered it into a digital format, allowing it to be downloaded all over the world.

 “It’s a book about life’s questions,” said Goodman, “a place that answers those thoughts you might not know how to ask.”  

Journey tackles seemingly out-of-reach subjects like the afterlife, the existence of angels and other realms, and the interpretation of dreams. True to her notable workshop and teaching ability, Goodman’s audio book is over four hours of unscripted answers. After the earlier overwhelming acceptance of the audio book, Goodman recently re-released her work on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon. Journey was also the recipient of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Readers have reviewed her work as “Life changing,” “Moved to tears,” and “Beyond conventional wisdom.”

Having served as a Kaiser Institute faculty member, working with professional individuals to develop their intuitive abilities, as well as being a founding board member of The HeartLight Center in Denver, a center for grief support and education, Goodman has had the chance to interact with a variety of clients, from all over the world. She adds that Journey isn’t saturated in case studies or recorded philosophy, rather it is founded on her own understanding, experiences and the knowledge she was born with.

“I’m much more spiritual than I am religious,” said Goodman. “This book embraces most religions because I believe there’s a bit of truth in almost every religious doctrine. We all believe in something; my job isn’t to change people’s belief system, it’s to encourage them to ask questions. The gift I receive from my work is that I have learned something from every person that has crossed my path.”

Goodman has long been recognized for her motivational quotes and is currently completing a book of her original work, written over the last 35 years. The title of her soon to be released work is “Changing Your Reality.” The book is full of pictures, many of which were taken by the author herself.  Each motivational statement written by Goodman will also feature additional thoughts of how it might be applied to the reader’s life.  At this time Goodman anticipates a release in mid-to-late, 2019.

“This will be one of those things you’re going to keep on your bedside table or on your coffee table,” said Goodman. “It’s one of those books you can pick up and find a saying that will help you pretty much any day of the year.” 

 Goodman states that the industry has taught her a great deal about releasing her work, and plans to release a digital version, along with a print on demand copy. She adds, “When I write, the words just flow, and it’s almost sequential. It isn’t about being that smart, I think it’s just because I’m doing the right thing in my life.”

Judy Goodman, CPC, CSRC, CRC, Working and Teaching Beyond Conventional Wisdom! Trained in Hypnosis, Certified Professional Coach, Relationship Counselor, Addiction Recovery Coach, Grief Support and, an internationally recognized intuitive.

You can access links to Journey and download Goodman’s self-help workbooks on her website www.JudyGoodman.com

John Assaraf’s Innercise Defines the Difference Between ‘Interested’ and ‘Committed’

 

John Assaraf’s Innercise Defines the Difference Between ‘Interested’ and ‘Committed’

by staff writer Victoria Davis

Brain blocks are a part of everyday life. It might come in the form of procrastination, where an assignment or project just seems too daunting to even begin. It could also look like depression, giving up on goals due to previous failures, or even the mere thought of failing. Whether it’s a physical, mental or emotional block, New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur John Assaraf believes it can all be overcome with this question: “Are you ‘interested’ or are you ‘committed?’ This is the foundation of Assaraf’s latest book, Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power. 

Having started as a high school drop-out with patchy—and not entirely law abiding—minimum wage work experience, Assaraf says in the intro of his book that he had a “shallow” understanding of success. Even after receiving life-changing guidance from a successful business tycoon, building five multi-million-dollar companies and appearing on shows like Larry King and Ellen, Assaraf says this “life in the fast lane” cost him his health, his family and his sanity. What makes Innercise unique, is it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme or a book of brain games. It’s an honest and scientific approach about living life to the fullest. 

The book begins with a quote by Napoleon Hill, reading, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” This sets the tone for the rest of Assaraf’s work, constantly driving home the point that our brains are masterpieces of engineering at our ambition’s disposal. We can do whatever we set our minds to, using the same mind-over-matter exercises used by pro athletes, Navy SEALS, CEOs and astronauts. But there is another point Assaraf aims for audiences to understand—there must be a balance between “success” and “survival.” 

There are three parts to Assaraf’s book: “Know Thy Brain,” “Master Your Thoughts and Emotions” and “Master Your Behavior.” The first part of the book dives into the nooks and crannies of our brains, where thousands upon thousands of neurons are firing away to make the system function. We are “goal setting machines,” according to Assaraf, but our brain’s primary purpose is to ensure our survival, not our success. However, by using the tools our bodies were born with, there can be a balance between our health and our happiness. This, in turn, allows us to fully and sanely commit to our ambitions, rather than harboring a mere interest, only following through with what is convenient. 

Not only is Innercise a book that helps unlock the secrets to success but is refreshing in the way Assaraf illustrates how to thrive in business, relationships and personal health. Though it relies heavily on professional research, the chapters are not crowded with scientific jargon. Rather, it draws audiences in with common thoughts, feelings and emotions the average dreamer wrestles with. This not only makes the book easier to understand, but also makes it more relatable, helping readers to understand what it means to fully “commit” to the life you imagined for yourself.

Finding Hope & Forgiveness

How can we cultivate hope and forgiveness during our darkest hour?  With each tragedy our society endures, it feels as if we’re slipping into the abyss of a “new normal”.  This is something that we must fight against, not by pushing it away with anger, hatred or fear. Through the lens of compassion, it’s clear to see that we are not so dissimilar from one another.  It’s in realizing those similarities that the sparks of hope and forgiveness are fueled.

Practicing compassion, forgiveness, love, and kindness, with ourselves and everyone around us, can impact the world in ways we may never fully comprehend. Living a life of greater love for one another starts by seeing the divinity in each person that crosses our path. Sometimes this might be difficult to do, but it’s in recognizing this, everything changes.

Make Every Moment Count!

Moving Through Loss

Most of us know the five stages of grief, but for the heart loss isn’t something that can be quantified and there is no set time to move from one stage to another.  All we can do is take one difficult day after another, allowing time and love to heal the wound.

Whether it be a family member, beloved pet, friend, the Queen of Soul or a decorated War Hero, there’s a measure of grief for who they were and the legacy they leave in our world.

The loss of their brilliant light is palpable, yet we are better for having spent time in their glow. It’s been said that the pain we feel when we lose someone is equally to the love we had for them.

But how do we move through these losses? The truth is, there’s no wrong way, but there is a way. We move through loss by paying tribute to those we have loved, even from afar. We share their pictures, notes, memories, and words of wisdom. We honor their values and character by emulating those best qualities, so their legacy can live on in others. As difficult as it might be, we re-engage with those around us, even if it’s a little at a time. Over time, the pain will drift away, but their impact in our lives will forged be in our hearts and actions.

Make Every Moment Count!

 

 

Megalodon: Dominic Pace’s 20-Year Mega-Reward

By Victoria Davis, staff writer & journalist

While B monster movies may not be considered “high-class” cinema, there’s no point in denying that they are well loved. Since Steven Spielberg ignited the golden age of shark movies in 1975, viewers have been hooked on bloody underwater attacks and heroic life raft escapes. As a tribute to the six Sharknado films produced by Asylum Entertainment, Sharknado Week will be kick-started with Asylum’s latest: Megalodon. This is not only a cinematic reward for scary shark movie enthusiasts, but also for the film’s star, Dominic Pace.

An Ossining native, and coincidentally born the same year that Jaws released in theaters, Pace’s acting career has been most noted by his recurring roles on NBC’s hit comedy, Superstore, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel live and his appearances on countless television crime shows over the past 20 years. But now, Pace is reaping what he’s sewn, being rewarded with his first Top Billed Role in Megalodon.

“I’m very grateful to have grown up in Ossining,” said Pace in an interview with Ossining Patch. “We weren’t a Participation Trophy Town which is the reason why I have been able to endure the ups and downs of this business. From sports to academics, to the parents. There was no ‘sugar coating’ life. It kept kids grounded, and it gave you tough skin. To understand that this world, or Hollywood doesn’t owe you a thing, but that you have to go out and earn it.”

Director James Thomas’ thriller will put Pace, playing U.S. Navy Captain Jack Streeper, against the Russian Navy, while also dealing with a 150-foot shark, of course. Pace says that this film is not as “campy” as Sharknado, and that as much fun as it would be to “wield a chainsaw machine gun,” he was grateful Thomas made this film a little more grounded. 

“Sometimes sci-fi films, I feel like they have a little bit of a bad habit in terms of just being on the surface, and the one thing that was great about this was all five/six leading characters had a lot of depth to them,” said Pace in an interview with Rich Girl Network TV. “It wasn’t so much about not only the relationships, but were also carrying the honor of not only the United States Navy but also the Russian Navy. So, to me that had a lot of texture and I was honored to be a part of it.”

Megalodon will air Monday, August 13 on SyFy at 8 p.m., PST. 

Changing Perspectives

Whether social, political, ecological or even philosophical, the way we view the world and the people in it are directly related to the way we live our lives. Everyone has their favorite restaurants, stores, communal hang-outs and so on. It’s not wrong to have a routine, but getting stuck living on repeat is another story. Staying in our own bubbles can stunt our world views causing us to shut down, which often makes us feel alone and isolated.  It’s a vast world outside these routines that’s begging us to give in to the adventure that’s calling, and connect with others in a more meaningful way.

While it’s easy to hop on a plane and jet off to some new land—exploring new cultures, ideas and lifestyles—it’s equally important to get to know the multi-cultural atmosphere that makes up our own countries, neighborhoods and cities. It’s by exploring this diversity that we can change our perspective about life, and about those with whom we share this planet. “Exploring,” could mean anything from trying a new eatery, becoming involved in a new organization or attending an event that you’ve been wanting to experience.

There are so many beautiful places to visit and billions of beautiful souls to meet. If we’re lucky, we get about 100 years on this earth. Don’t waste a single moment. Open up your soul to the world and let it breathe by circulating in the oxygen of many atmospheres, and get ready to see more beauty than you imagined.

Make Every Moment Count!

 

Annual Open Solicitation for Authors

Once a year we host an open solicitation for established & promising authors who are looking for leadership and guidance in an inclusive representation of their work.

For consideration, request a complimentary brief consultation by emailing Marianne Pestana at Marianne@MariannePestana.com

Moments with Marianne radio show now on Spotify!

Now you can listen to Moments with Marianne radio show on Spotify! Connect Spotify to your Amazon Alexa or Echo and listen to inspiring, entertaining and educational episodes all day long!

 
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Moments with Marianne Radio Show 2018 Silver Award Winner

Delighted to announce that the Moments with Marianne Radio show has been selected as a 2018 Silver Award Winner by the Coalition of Visionary Resources.

Visit their website to learn how you can sign up for a free membership and participate with this great group of forward thinking visionaries! https://covr.org

How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying) by Robert Kopecky

In Robert Kopecky‘s latest book, How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying), which was just released through Llewellyn (March 2018), the reader is given a clear, and easy to understanding account of what it’s like to have a Near Death Experience (NDE) and how we can transform our lives.

It’s often reported by those who have gone through an NDE, that they have a clear awareness of being in on the other side. When they return, many of the experiencers report a deep and profound connection with everything, and a sense of enlightenment that expands within their lives.  Near Death Experiencers also have reported an overwhelming sense of love, both in feeling loved and a deep love for everyone and everything around them. It’s as if they see their life, their purpose and connection to the Divine with new eyes.  But do we all have to go through trauma of a NDE to experience such nirvana?

Having gone through three NDEs himself, Kopecky outlines his experiences and lessons that each encounter has brought.  With these insights, Kopecky shares how to create “Heaven on Earth” without having to go through the trauma of experiencing an NDE.

“Once we begin to recognize the real magic around us and experience a little bit of Heaven for ourselves…  we might take up permanent residency there.” – Robert Kopecky

Kopecky’s book beautifully outlines how to creating paradise in our lives is not only possible, but something we all can strive for. With simple to use techniques and tools, How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying) is a must read for anyone looking to obtain the enlightenment experience.

My recommendation for How To Get To Heaven (Without Really Dying), is located on the back cover.  Make sure to pick up your copy today and create the magic you’ve been missing.

 

You Are Never Alone

Over the last few weeks, we have been touched by the untimely passing of several people who have encouraged us to live in bold and adventurous ways.  

While as shocking as this was, I would like to say that regardless of what is going on, no matter how desolate your heart may feel at times, you are never truly alone.

One of the most valuable lessons my coach Judy Goodman CPC, CSRC, CRC has taught me is if you feel lonely and need a friend, be a friend to someone.  If you are sad and need comforting, comfort someone in need.  When we give away what we are looking to obtain in our lives, it shows up in profound ways.  

One great resource to find volunteer opportunities in your area is Volunteer Match.  If you are looking to connect with people in your area or for a cause that is close to your heart, this is the place for you!  

If you know someone who feels hopeless or they’re thinking of hurting themselves, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is always available at 1-800-273-8255.  

As part of the Moments with Marianne community, you can email your prayer requests to Marianne@MariannePestana.com.  This is a confidential and private resource and your requests will be added to my morning meditations.

It’s in caring for one another that despair diminishes. 

Make Every Moment Count,

Sound Advise with Merrill & Justin Osmond

Merrill Osmond, lead singer of The Osmonds, and his son Justin Osmond have  teamed-up for an epic presentation of inspired messages and music designed to help audiences take their business and personal lives to the next level. 

The program, Sound Advice, is a journey of over 60 years of unique experiences lived by two generations. They share an inside look to the many lessons they’ve gathered throughout the years using their personal experiences to show each person how they can face their fears and challenges, discover their strengths, have a positive attitude, and achieve their full potential.  http://www.justinosmond.com

Book Review: Dream Big: The Universe Is Listening by Ilona Selke

What does it mean to Dream Big in your life? Often when we ask ourselves this question it’s met with the thoughts that dreaming big is for someone else, we don’t deserve it or we just don’t know where to start.

This life changing book offers the reader new ways to look at ancient principals of manifesting while bridging new discoveries in quantum physics into a common sense guide for greatness.  With simple to use techniques and plenty of examples, Selke paints a landscape of abundance and daily miracles that anyone can achieve.

“Our passion when we follow it, will find the perfect resonant field for us.  Coordinated from a higher level we will find the right people, get the right insights and find the right help even while we are sleeping.”

In exploring what it means to live in a holographic universe, Selke outlines how healing, manifesting and love can be achieved in the higher plains. The techniques outlined by Selke’s encourage the reader to transforms the ordinary into extraordinary and to Dream Big daily.

A must read for anyone looking to eliminate self-doubt, develop a greater level of healing or a deeper awareness in their personal and spiritual transformation. 

Book Review: Searching for the White Magician: Spiritual Psychology and the Manifesting of Destiny by Stefania Magidson

Searching for the White Magician: Spiritual Psychology and the Manifesting of Destiny by Stefania Magidson, in dialogue with Carmen Firan brings an insightful and thoughtful approach to many of the questions we ask ourselves today.  Set in the format of a dialogue between Stefania & Carmen, the discussion answers such questions as; how can we bring more love and consciousness into our lives, can our dreams guide us in everyday challenges and is it possible to have a healthy relationship with money.

Stefania knowledge, experience and education in Spiritual Psychology, brings forth questions that will cause the reader to deepen their own practice and search for greater meaning in life.

The proceed of the book benefit the Blue Heron Foundation, founded by Stefania  in 2002. Today the Blue Heron Foundation is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora. To date, the organization has raised more than $2,000,000, has awarded 300+ college scholarships and has touched the lives of at least 2,900 children.

Namkung’s These Violent Delights Depicts True to Life Ends

By Victoria Davis, staff writer & journalist

Just in the last couple months, the world of sports, Hollywood and popular news networks have exploded with sexual assault and harassment accusations. 83 women, according to USA Today, have come forward claiming sexual harassment from producer Harvey Weinstein. CBS fired veteran journalist Charlie Rose due to allegations of sexual misconduct and Olympic Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after 156 female athletes spoke out about decades of enduring the doctor’s sexual abuse.

Some might say that the world has changed, that sexual predators are lurking on our doorsteps more than ever before. Victoria Namkung, author of These Violent Delights, believes the world has not become more dangerous, but that people are just more aware.

“Because of social media and all these new websites that weren’t around when I was growing up in the 80s, we have access to see more than we used to,” said Namkung. “We can see what children are missing, where sex offenders live in our area. If someone makes an accusation, it’s put on the internet almost right away.”

This newfound awareness, knowing that they are not alone, has helped to support women, and men, coming forward and sharing their stories. This, in turn, has given journalists and authors like Namkung the opportunity to share those stories with the world.

These Violent Delights was just published at the start of this month and has already received raving reviews on Goodreads, with over 60% being four or five stars. The book tells the story of three women who, while attending an all-girls private high school in Los Angeles, experience sexual advances from their married English teacher, Dr. Gregory Copeland. Caryn, Eva and Sasha are all from different graduating classes at Windemere and all had different encounters with Dr. Copeland. But when Caryn publishes an essay titled, “My Tenth-Grade Teacher Claims He Fell In Love With Me,” during her college internship at the Los Angeles Daily, the three women realize they have more in common than they thought. Caryn’s essay kick-starts an investigation and, with the help of esteemed reporter Jane March, the women begin the process of healing, finding justice and making peace with their everyday lives.

Namkung takes an interesting approach to this story, with each chapter narrating the first-person perspective of one of the four women. The first few chapters alternate between narrations from Caryn and Jane, but as Eva and Sasha enter the picture, the chapters become more diverse. This was an extraordinary choice of storytelling because it brings the reader into the heart and soul of each women. They are not just mothers, writers or victims. They are people with deeps hurts and pains. The varying first-person perspectives also helped distinguish what make each woman different and how each of their experiences with Copeland impacted them individually.

Having used her journalism skills to interview real victims and private school students and teachers for her book, Namkung creates an emotional journey that is real and raw. The accounts of Sasha and Eva specifically are very detailed, recalling instances of groping, intercourse and emotional abuse post-relationship from Copeland. However, this makes up only a portion of the story. These Violent Delights also covers Caryn’s feelings of estrangement from her family, Sasha’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jane’s compensation for past mistakes and corruption within private schools and their board members.

Perhaps one of the most overpowering topics addressed in this book is the effects of severe mental disorders. The sociopathic and pedophilia state of mind is expressed, not through a man in a black hoodie hiding in the bushes and waiting to attack, but in a seemingly typical family man and beloved teacher.

“Most of these predators are found to be people that look normal,” said Namkung. “We see them everyday and they can even be people we’ve known for a long time and trust.”

As the women in the book sort through their experiences one step at a time, the reader will go through the same process. Things that didn’t raise red-flags in the earlier chapters will set off alarms toward the book’s conclusion.  One of these examples being when Caryn says in the book, “I remember he [Copeland] told me his students were his friends during the interview I did with him so many years ago. At the time, I didn’t realize how sad and strange that sounded.”

Despite the heartbreaking stories and emotional toll this story takes on one’s soul, Namkung leaves readers with hope rather than hopelessness, that a happy life after trauma is possible and that when one of us speaks out, the rest will raise their voices. Justice is not perfect, and the world is filled with uncertainty. While we don’t always get the answers we ask for, These Violent Delights speaks truth that when someone takes a chance and reaches out their hand, someone will be there to help pull them up.

“I want women and men to feel empowered to speak out against the things that are wrong in this world,” said Namkung. “They are not alone, all it takes is one person.”

You can visit Victoria Namkung’s website at http://victorianamkung.com

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Dreaming Beyond What’s Possible

Can you feel the expansion of abundance that’s on the verge of becoming all that you dreamed of and more?  Often, when we are on the cusp of profound transformation, knowing what the next step is can feel a little ambiguous.

When we look to grow beyond the plateau of where we currently stand, this often requires we step into the unknown, discarding the things that have kept us feeling comfortable and safe in the past.  It’s in the willingness to let go of what has been, that are we able to create the magic of what can be.

For me, letting go and dreaming is all about allowing this very magic to flow into my life.  Dreaming of what’s possible can be playful, adventurous and limitless.  Letting go can feel exciting, exhilarating and like a breath of fresh air. Yet, I often ask myself, “Am I dreaming big enough?”  Have you ever asked yourself the same question?  What if we imagined beyond our daily needs and desires?

Join me this month in allowing our minds to reach beyond what’s possible, and dare to dream higher than you’ve ever allowed yourself before.

Make Every Moment Count!

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O’Connell Pearson

In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia O’Connell Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II in Fly Girls.

Patricia is a former history teacher with a master’s degree in education from George Mason University. She has contributed to and edited history textbooks and published articles in magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post. Always enthusiastic about sharing the stories of history, she earned her MFA in writing for young people from Lesley University and now writes both historical fiction and nonfiction. When she is not writing about history, she can often be found talking about history as a volunteer with the National Park Service in Washington, DC.

 

 

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10 Experts Share The #1 Most Common Employer Branding Mistake They See Companies Make

By Linda Le Phan, at Kununu

For those who are familiar with the general concept of company branding, employer branding sounds pretty straightforward. All you have to do is show that you’re a good employer by creating well-written job descriptions, having a thoughtfully designed career page, and demonstrating a positive company image to the world in as many ways as possible. Sounds simple enough, right? Well yes, but there’s more to it than that.

For starters, it’s crucial today more than ever to have authentic employee-centered content out there on social media.

Having no set rules or code of conduct when it comes to your employer brand

“While there are many things to be conscious of when discussing employer branding, the biggest oversight I tend to encounter is that there are no set rules or codes of conduct outlined when it comes to managing a company’s online employer brand. Leaving this level of expectation open to interpretation can be a major cause of gross misrepresentation of the brand and can lead to clientele loss, not to mention negative feedback from the media. Establishing a clear understanding on what is expected of all individuals who maintain the online presence gives employees and consultants a road map to successfully supporting a company’s mission and values.” – Marianne Pestana, Radio Show Host, Leadership Coach and CEO

See what other leaders have to say on the topic by reading the full post on the Kununu website by clicking here!