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Finding Faith in Moments of Darkness

Finding Faith in Moments of Darkness

Jess StainbrookJess is known for building successful media teams and championing significant visual storytelling efforts through innovative programming and strategic business initiatives. In the broadcast television field, Jess has received 8 Emmy Awards and 29...

The Little Things

The Little Things

Listen Here or Read BelowNew Release FollowfacebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramBack in 2017, U2 toured the world performing The Joshua Tree in its entirety to commemorate the 30th anniversary of that iconic album. Really, there’s not a bad song on it and you haven’t lived...

Do the Hustle

Do the Hustle

About this EpisodeWhile interviewing author Christina Sweeney-Baird about her debut novel The End of Men, I started thinking about how most authors, and other creators in the arts including comics and actors, have to work additional jobs long before they can earn a...

The Tiger Within

The Tiger Within

In April of 2019, I was in Florida with my kids for their spring break. We stayed where we always stay, with my parents, and that year a special visitor came along—my twin brother Jimmy. I hadn’t really seen much of Jim in the years prior, for a variety of reasons,...

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

About This EpisodePrefer to listen? Click on the play button below.Today I am inspired to share with you one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. It came from my sister and she gave it to me this weekend. It wasn’t for a special occasion; then again, just getting...

Giving 100%

Giving 100%

About this EpisodeThis week I sat in on the first of hopefully many episodes of Comedy Roads, an online show featuring interviews with established stand up comedians reflecting on their path to success. It's hosted by the one and only Bob DiBuono. A-Lister Eddie Brill...

The Ruin of Souls Chapter 1: A Coded Message

The Ruin of Souls Chapter 1: A Coded Message

Mike Carlon Today we are going to switch gears a bit as I'd like to share with you the first chapter of my latest book The Ruin of Souls. Now look, I'm not a professional voiceover artist nor am I an audio engineer, so keep both in mind as you listen in. If you like...

Betting on Yourself

Betting on Yourself

Dave Mezzepelle"Riding bikes and delivering newspapers and then going around the neighborhood washing cars and cutting lawns...I've been an entrepreneur since I was about nine. And I love it and I could not see myself working for somebody else. I just couldn't do it."...

Men and Lifestyle Changes

Men and Lifestyle Changes

Why it's so hard for men to make lifestyle changesThis week I held some curiosity conversations with men about weight loss and learned that we are full of contradictions. These contradictions go beyond weight loss though (and make me want to stress eat). Listen in to...