Fireside Talk Radio Podcasts

Monday 10th of December 2018
Dr. Alise Cortez returns to share the secrets she shares all over the world to leaders who seek out her wisdom. Do your employees seem to migrate away from your business just about the time you get them trained? Are you going through the motions, but feel asleep at the wheel (and we’re not talking country music here)? It’s not easy to surprise Cathy, but Alise shares an unexpected approach for getting your passion sparked up in all aspects of your life. Her suggestions are easy, practical, and oh-so fun - which makes us so happy at Camp Krafve!
World-renowned consultant, Dr. Alise Cortez, joins Cathy to share how unexpected events unleashed her to pursue her passion and purpose in life. When her marriage came to an abrupt end, Alise determined not to waste the opportunity, but instead re-calibrated her life in the most beautiful way possible. The change in her circumstances “yielded a new clearing for myself,” she says, and “gave me a space to recreate myself.” She shares the secrets of her success in this lively and authentic telling of how crisis can be our ticket to freedom, energy, and joy.
Monday 12th of November 2018
In this episode, Cathy and Co-host Anna Krafve Pierce brainstorm a gazillion ideas that will make your life easier for Thanksgiving, especially if you're entertaining toddlers. Cathy revels all the fun ideas she has for her own grands. Anna shares stories. Did she really just compare the family to squirrels because they chatter so much when they're together?! She and her mom brainstorm the best ways to have fun on the cheap. If your family has a, ahem, variety of personality types, you'll love the attitude and ideas of these two hilarious women.
Sunday 11th of November 2018
Anna Krafve Pierce joins Cathy as co-host in this high energy, surprise announcement episode. Yep, they planned to talk about how to make a Thanksgiving Kit, but instead, Cathy's amazing tech genius, Roy Bryan, whispered the news moments before the show that we've hit TWO MILLION downloads since we began a year ago. So, Cathy and her creative, artist daughter went on air in full surprise mode. Naturally, the tone was set for full out fun (which, by the way, often happens whenever Anna is around)! If you want some Thanksgiving inspiration, you'll love the laughter and Thanksgiving memories Anna inspires!
Sunday 4th of November 2018
Author Henda Salmeron joins Cathy to tell her story of how she became a political influencer, author, serial entrepreneur, breast cancer survivor, all-around amazing woman, and best of all, a mom. Henda began her life care-taking a mom who had serious mental and addiction health issues, which meant Henda was in danger from the men in her mother's life. Yet, she chose her mom's royal purple for her branding, in part because she no longer wishes for her "childhood to be different because it made me the woman I am today.” Known for her efforts to get Dense Breast Tissue notification accepted as the standard of care, she faced down both breast cancer and a heart attack in the same year. In this episode, Henda shares how running 100 miles in the Himalayas and becoming an amateur lobbyist became her strategy for beating the anxiety and depression she felt.
Have you received letter notifying you of your Dense Breast Tissue status? Faithful to get her timely mammogram, Henda Salmeron was shocked and devastated when she was diagnosed with a stage four breast cancer. On this episode she shares some of the high and low moments in her battle with breast cancer. She also invites women to join the effort to make Dense Breast Tissue notifications standard practice nationwide so all women will know their risk, including, for instance, women serving in our Armed Forces. Dense Breast Tissue means that tumors are more difficult to see on traditional mammograms. Hendra rallies women to take care of themselves by knowing if they have Dense Breast Tissue. Henda's Law requires health care providers to notify patients of their status. 
Monday 29th of October 2018
Dr. Sasha Vukelja joins Cathy to talk about the best ways we can encourage families when mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. Especially for daughters, breast cancer looms dauntingly. Will Mom be there for me? Will I get breast cancer, too? These are just a few of the topics Sasha handles with experience and deep compassion. Jumping from hilarity to comfort, Sasha speaks with ease and insight, offering a half dozen practical tips. If you want to be a valuable friend in the crisis, you won't want to miss this!
Saturday 27th of October 2018
In her humorous and down-to-earth way, Oncologist Sasha Vukelja, joins Cathy to have an authentic conversation about life and joy. Dr. V as her patients lovingly call her, salutes her adopted home, Texas, and talks about immigrating to America with her mother. She shares about her military service and falling in love with her hubby. She tackles tough subjects, including breast cancer, with compassion and her contagious joy, offering insight into how truth can be comforting. To understand how this amazing and influential doctor became the woman we all love and cherish, don't miss this episode.
Monday 22nd of October 2018
Founder and CEO of Your Philanthropy, Dawn Franks joins Cathy to offer ideas about how to pass generosity down through the generations of your family. She talks about the impact grandparents can have. Offering practical tips, she suggests easy examples for cultivating the natural generosity of our children. "The kind of giver you were destined to become showed as early a elementary school," Dawn says, to quote her new book Giving Fingerprints. If your little ones are already bringing you dandelions from the back yard, you'll want to tune in for Dawn's insight.
Author Dawn Franks discusses how our generosity is reflected in our Giving Fingerprints. The title of her new book reflects the extensive work and research Dawn has done throughout her career, first in helping nonprofits succeed with their fundraising, then in helping donors succeed in their giving. Acting as a bridge between nonprofits and donors, Dawn learned to help families pinpoint their shared values.
Monday 15th of October 2018
The Mindfulness Tri is not your typical triathlon. A triathlon with walking or running, yoga and meditation as it's three pillars, Mindfulness triathlons are popping up all over. Runner and Civic leader, Colleen Long joins Cathy to talk about the different ways we all experience anxiety and depression. A mom, wife, and talented financial advisor, Colleen shares from her own personal experience how exercise, taking thoughts captive, and plugging into community helped her on her journey. Her journey now includes bringing folks to gather to host the first Mindfulness Tri to the East Texas region. You won't want to miss what this amazing young leader has to say about self-compassion and community!
Runner, mom, wife, and professional financial advisor, Colleen Long never thought she'd be planning an event for her region that was almost unheard of there. Sure, everyone knows what a triathlon is, but a mindfulness tri? If you're wondering how to get enough energy just for today, much less anything else, you'll love Colleen's perspective on taking care of yourself! (And you can listen quietly without moving, if you like!) Soon, though, she'll have you inspired to stretch. Yep, Colleen advocates stretching physically, and in all other ways, too. In fact, she says taking a small step immediately increases your confidence and self worth. Maybe your small step today is simply to listen in for her beautiful thoughts. Please don't miss what this compassionate lady has to say! offers all kinds of encouragement to those wishing they could bring a Mindfulness Triathlon to their community.
Sunday 7th of October 2018
Baptist pastor and scholar, Benjamin A. Simpson joins Cathy for practical insight about creating families that flourish. In this episode he shares about falling in love with Molly, his wife who is a Methodist minister. Ben and Molly met on Baylor University’s campus and started as friends, both determined to be true to the calling God had already established in their individual hearts. Even so, in a miracle of unity that cherishes differences, they fell in love. Soon they found they were embracing a life of bringing people together in community. If you're a Baylor bear fan, you’ll especially love the story he shared about asking Molly to marry him. Or, if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live with a baby North American black bear in your apartment, tune in now! You won't want to miss what this practical pastor has to say about making good decisions based on your own family's values.
Saturday 6th of October 2018
Pastor, curriculum writer, and thought leader, Benjamin A. Simpson joins Cathy to talk about how to create your own set of pracitcal Family Values. Based on a blog he wrote called "Tallying Family Values," Ben takes us through the simple process of defining and living by a set of personal family values. He explains, for instance, how making time for both work and play frees us to live a sustainable lifestyle. If you've ever wondered how in the world to keep your family on the right track, you're going to love the wisdom and authentic insight of this practical scholar and friend!
Sunday 23rd of September 2018
Cathy invites Rabbi Neal Katz to explain the tradition of separation of church and state. A Bible scholar, Rabbi Neal gives us a crash course on what it means to serve the community, especially in elected office. Drawing on his Jewish background, Neal explains how roles and responsibilities of leadership from Old Testament times can look in our modern world. For a religious scholar, Neal is down-to-earth and never dull! A fast-paced conversation, if you're wondering how faith and politics should reflect God's nature of compassion and justice, this episode will restore your confidence to recognize true leadership when you see it.
Saturday 22nd of September 2018
In this episode, Rabbi Neal Katz shares about why Predicate Theology excites his imagination. If those words sound too scholarly...yawn...to be engaging, no worries! He also shares about falling in love with the love of his life, his wife Jen. But, truly, between Cathy and Neil, even the conversation around an intellectual topic like Predicate Theology turns out to be fun. In fact, this episode is an easy way to be the smartest person in the room next time you're playing Bible Trivia! (Do people still do that?) Neal explains that by changing the way we talk about God, we actually can become more effective in having significant conversations with others about Him! If you have people in your life who come from a variety of perspectives, you'll want to hear what this wise and spiritual man has to say about presenting godly character to those who don't understand God.
Sunday 16th of September 2018
Discovery Science Place's Whitney Patterson joins Cathy to share how we can give our kids a love of scientific discovery. She offers thoughts and events that may shape interest in the STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Collaboration is a hallmark of Whitney's leadership style. In spite of reticence about collaborating among some nonprofits, Whitney offers proof that collaborations benefit everyone. She generously encourages listeners to branch out in their own communities to being people and nonprofits together.
Discovery Science Place's Whitney Patterson joins Cathy to talk about how her interest in science developed. She encourages young parents with the thought that often the best discoveries, like a love of learning, happen almost accidentally. Whitney's mom made learning fun. It wasn't until Whitney was an adult that she realized science was in everything, including her rock collection! If you're wondering how to work a love of science in your child's day without making your schedule any more hectic, you'll love what Whitney shares!
Monday 10th of September 2018
Gallery Owner and Jewelry Designer, Neita Fran Ward joins Cathy to talk about how to nurture creativity in ourselves and others. As always, Neita Fran focuses on others, but Cathy presses her to reveal how God used Neita Fran's desire to help others, thus exposing her own artistic talent. God is very creative Himself, we know! If you've ever wondered about the risk and the natural process of creating your own business you won't want to miss her story. Neita Fran's authenticity and down-to-earth way will inspire your own heart to dare to do something wonderful!
Cathy asks Neita Fran Ward for details about how God is using this woman of influence to transform the community. By bringing together artists, community leaders, university and college officials, Neita Fran is making art accessible to all, especially students. When UTTyler's College of Pharmacy approached her about creating an art exhibit of local artists, Neita Fran was overjoyed and knew just who to call on for help. One of her favorite things about the process has been the reaction of local artists. “Many of them have told me they felt validated as an artist, often for the first time.” If you're wanting to encourage a flourishing, healthy creative community where you live, you will want to soak up the wisdom of this woman of influence!
Sunday 2nd of September 2018
Organic Soil Specialist James Van Dyke joins Cathy to talk about some of the lessons he's learned in his quest to turn sand into nourishing, fertile soil. Starting with Biblical insight, James expounds on how businesses are learning that efficiency of reclaiming and recycling turns out to be the quickest route to profit margins. Citing a personal example of a field that would not grow a thing, James explains how he's learned to appreciate the process of culling, replenishing, and germination. Applying lessons from nature, he takes it a step further with spiritual meaning. You won't want to miss what this successful entrepreneur shares about caring for customers!
Thursday 30th of August 2018
Environmental Scientist James Van Dyke joins Cathy to talk about what young families can expect when they dig into entrepreneurship. No stranger to the daily challenges facing start-ups, James helped develop Texas Organics, a company devoted to solving soil issues with rich, nourishing compost, often specific to the site's needs. Meanwhile, he and his wife have taken on numerous house renovation projects. How do they do it with a young family, too? Did his mom know he was an entrepreneur in the making? He shares the story of height-defying jungle gym climb as a tribute to his own mother's patience and wisdom. You won't want to miss what James learned in the process of combining hard work and dirt, ahem, I meant to say, soil!
Tuesday 21st of August 2018
Suzy Shepherd joins Cathy to explain the Four Principles of how love can undergird all our relationships. As mom in a blended family with nine kiddos, Suzy gets to practice the four relationship principles on a daily basis. When asked how she and her husband manage their unique family blend, she laughs that they’ve “resigned themselves to the idea that laundry and dishes are forever." Don't miss the lessons this energetic and insightful lady shares from her own life.
Monday 20th of August 2018
Gifted communicator, Suzy Shepherd tells her personal story of how brokenness transformed her life. A Divisional Director of Stonecroft and founder of the sisterhood, Suzy is dedicated to helping women connect with each other. She shares how the support of good women in our lives can make all the difference. Suzy devotes her life to nurturing all relationships through her teaching, writing, training, and speaking. You won't want to miss the personal insight this dear lady shares straight from her own experience. Suzy shares how Four Principles can transform all our relationships.
Wednesday 15th of August 2018
Christian Communicator and thought leader, Lori Boruff joins Cathy for more up close and personal conversation. Lori shares from from her extensive experience about how grief can set a son or daughter onto a self-destructive path. Lori's heart broke as her own son went to prison, only to see her prayers answered as his life turned around. Now the leader of a well-known and effective ministry to those rebuilding their life after incarceration, her son is one reason Lori shares her wisdom and experience so freely.
Tuesday 14th of August 2018
Communications Guru, Lori Boruff, (Life Coach, Professional Speaker, and Co-Owner of Christian Communicators) joins Cathy to tell the story of having a son in jail. She describes what she calls her "personal nine-eleven moment." When they arrested her son, taking him away from their home in handcuffs, Lori's life direction changed instantly. Yet, she says, "God had plans for her family and "it was a good direction even in that painful moment." If you have a friend with a child in prison, Lori teaches us what to pray and what to say. She even links the common thread of loss and grief for those who end up in prison. Don't miss this amazing episode!
Wednesday 8th of August 2018
Award-winning Author Sandra Merville Hart joins Cathy to talk about her wonderful Civil War era book, A Rebel in My House. Both sides of the conflict receive tender grace from Sandra in this engaging, action-packed story. With compassion, Sandy creates characters to love. Cathy asks questions about her inspiration and decision-making when it comes to handling history respectfully. With five books out by this time next year, Sandra is a rising star in publishing circles. For Sandy, climbing out of the box, means creating stories that reflect compassion for people and respect for history.
Tuesday 7th of August 2018
When adults discourage a child from pursuing God-given talents, a creative child can feel boxed in. Author and Speaker Sandra Merville Hart and Cathy talk about escaping the box. Sandy wrote her first book in third grade. Sandy shares how a few poorly chosen words slammed her blossoming talent for story-telling and writing to a halt. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your active, creative child, Sandy gives you lots of encouragement, sharing how a few positive words reenergized her love of writing. How do we create when everyone around us says, “No Way!” If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to pursue a dream against all odds, or train your kids to, this is the episode for you!
Tuesday 31st of July 2018
One of Cathy’s favorite thought leaders, Sarah Cumming, the head of Promise Academy, joins Cathy to chat about how communities benefit when joy and justice team up. Sarah describes the best kind of communities, when joy enhances respect and justice. “In a (healthy) community you come to things as equals. There’s not a skewed power dynamic. Joy says its good for us to be together and, as equals, to learn together,” says Sarah. Sarah shares insight about how students, donors, volunteers, teachers, all benefit from a discipleship mindset. If you’re making decisions about how to best educate your children or encourage your grandchildren, don’t miss what this wise educator and mom shares from her heart!
Friday 27th of July 2018
In this episode, thought leader Sarah Cumming shares how education can enhance justice in communities. She tells of her love story with education. Sarah is leveraging all her experience, including at the famous Manhattan Christian Academy, to benefit east Texas. She’s leading the charge for Promise Academy, the first Christian school in north Tyler, an underserved area. At Promise Academy, they’re joining “families to nurture kingdom-minded citizens who work for justice, economic opportunity, ethnic harmony, hope for the family and joy in their communities.” Just for fun, Cathy also gets the scoop on her love story with her hubby, too. If you love how education and justice can enhance each other, don’t miss Sarah’s story! (Notice how we worked love in there one more time?!)
Tuesday 17th of July 2018
Dave and Barb Howe share what works in the battle for freedom from porn addiction. How can wives or mothers bring up the topic when they suspect there's a problem? What can moms do to help their young sons avoid porn addiction? How can churches offer hope to men? Barb offer wisdom and even some catch phrases that soften the drama. This courageous couple takes on one of our culture's most taboo topics with grace and insight. Don't miss this episode for battle-worthy strategies!
Sunday 15th of July 2018
What if you found a stash of, ahem, uncomfortable magazines or a special file on your spouse's computer? Are their symptoms that indicate your spouse may be struggling with a porn addiction? Together husband and wife team Dave and Barb Howe talk about how porn affected their marriage. She opens up about the battle for her marriage, offering a prayer strategy that works. He shares the ways men can be deceived into thinking no one is affected when they start fooling around with porn. Author of the book, Live are and Free, Dave shares key ways men can gain victory.
Tuesday 10th of July 2018
Jon Drury, author of Lord, I Feel So Small, shares how even the most successful man may experience feelings of weakness, inadequacy, shame, and fear. These emotions can be overwhelming for men. Men may even isolate themselves and withdraw. Always practical, Jon offers ways women can identify the challenges their men face, offering truth and support. He even talks about specific prayer strategies, including friendships for men. You won't want to miss this chance to peek behind the screen about what our men really feel. Thank you, Jon!
Monday 9th of July 2018
Jon Drury openly declares himself a man who had to search for significance. This successful leader, a pilot and pastor, shares his own personal battle with the lies that led him to believe he was insignificant. Out of his despair, he learned to look to God alone for his significance. “It’s strange that the low place would be the place of power," he says, "The Lord fellowships with the lowly person." Have you ever battled for your own significance? Are you wondering what is bothering the successful man you love? Jon gives us specific lies and the truth that will set you and those you love free!
Thursday 14th of June 2018
Professional Counselor and Pastor Chris Legg joins Cathy in a lively, often amusing, discussion about how wives and husbands can engage with each other in a way that maximizes their parenting. What makes men feel insecure? What's the unique platform fathers have in the lives of their kids? How to communicate approval to your husband or family? Ever failed to get the message across to your man? Who hasn't?! You're gonna chuckle along as Chris shares example sentences that work! He even called our podcasts “insider trading” because of the great tips shared there. He promised to come back soon and talk about sex on air, so stay tuned for more adventures (if by adventure, you mean great life hacks!
Wednesday 13th of June 2018
Professional Counselor and Pastor Chris Legg tells how he became enamored with family and creating community. He grew up exploring the woods around historic Nacogdoches Texas as a child. As young adult, he soon discovered families face serious traumas. An accidental leader for his first youth group, Chris was so young he grew a beard to distinguish himself from the kids. Nothing prepared him for the night a young man knocked on his window because his light happened to be on. Listen in as Chris shares his story of finding the right woman for him, and more importantly, learning to be the right man for the job.
Monday 21st of May 2018
In this episode, civic leader Tony Johnson joins Cathy to blow away the myths we may all believe about mentoring young people. Is it too big of a commitment? Will it cost your whole family? If I only have an hour a week, can I even make a difference? Cathy asks Tony all the hard "let's get real" questions. You won't want to miss his answers. (We love the way his deep chuckle reassures Cathy that she is not alone in asking.). If you've ever considered mentoring, but felt afraid, you'll love this! Tony offers tips on finding appropriate boundaries, followed by lots of success for everyone, especially the kids you take on.
Monday 14th of May 2018
On this episode, community leader Tony Johnson tells how his parents prepared him for the active leadership role he enjoys in all aspects of his community, even serving as president of the local school board and Chamber of Commerce simultaneously! If you're wondering how some kids develop a work ethic, tune in as Tony shares generation-tested tips passed down to him from his own dad. He also reveals how to identify the kid who needs extra attention. He talks us through what effective attention sounds like. If you are a youth worker, teacher, or a battle-weary parent, you won't want to miss Tony's insight and encouragement.
Monday 7th of May 2018
Adventurous. Humble. Funny as heck. Katie Butts joins Cathy to give us tips on how to be a blessing to families like hers. This beautiful mother of two children, each uniquely formed and gifted, explains how God has extended unimaginable joy into their family. When we see a kid with blades at the beach, how do we coach our kids? If our kids ask honest questions, should we hide in shame? How do we extend commonality to everyone? Yep, Katie brings a wealth of experience and insight to help us navigate into a place of peace and delight even if the world seems overrun with new medical adventures daily.
Sunday 6th of May 2018
The indomitable Katie Butts joins Cathy to talk about what moms can expect if the unthinkable happens: an unexpected diagnosis during a sonogram. She shares about experiencing first a miscarriage, and then, goes on to talk about the unexpected, unrelated diagnosis both her children received. With deliberate decisions to experience joy, she shares the nuts and bolts of how the, her hubby, their family and all their friends have celebrated along the way. With her kids growing up quickly, she encourages young moms everywhere that the joy "will be so much greater than you can ever imagine!"
Wednesday 2nd of May 2018
Marcie McSwane joins Cathy to honor the beautiful life of Patrick McSwane by sharing wisdom on how families can help the siblings cope. Along with understanding about the realities of mental disease, she offers practical ideas. For instance, she and her friends celebrate "Siblings Appreciation Day" on Patrick's birthday. She shares her personal timeline for grief and other insight that helps. Join us as Marcie offers hope and courage to those families battling mental illness.
Tuesday 1st of May 2018
With tender hearts, Marcie McSwane and Cathy honor the life of Marcie's beloved brother, Patrick. For those who know the trauma of mental illness in families, Marcie gently shares how siblings can respond when they face the mental deterioration of a beloved sibling. Marcie peals back the layers to identify some of the normal feelings of anguish, grief, and guilt that siblings may face. She offers encouragement and advice for parents wondering how to help the "other" kids in the family.
Friday 6th of April 2018
If your child has mental illness and you feel overwhelmed, tune in to this episode. Successful attorney, committed family man, and loving Christian, Doug McSwane explains that finding resources for families is tough for anyone. Out of Doug's own experience with his son's suicide comes a wealth of help and encouragement. Even people with amazing education and financial resources find the process of getting help baffling. On the other hand, if you are wondering what to do next, Doug has some great insight on options that will offer your family help and hope.
Wednesday 4th of April 2018
Suicide is a gut-wrenching topic even for us at Camp Krafve where we believe no topic is too taboo. In this episode, dear friend Doug McSwane tenderly shares the story of his son's mental illness. He explains the trauma and bewilderment families suffer when a beloved child manifests symptoms. Doug generously tells his story, including things he learned and felt as the journey unfolded. If you or anyone you love is facing suicide, you will want to listen in on this daring and courageous conversation for the ways Doug's experience can help you. We gratefully share this with you in tribute to the beautiful life of Patrick McSwane.
Monday 19th of March 2018
Financial guru, Marina Schroeder joins Cathy to answer the BIG financial questions we've been saving for her, like: What's the most common mistakes young families make? How do you navigate working with your kids in a family business? What can families do to help widows or single moms make the transition to managing their own money? If you have money questions, too, Marina has answers. Don't miss this chance to multiply your financial savvy with this talented financial advisor.
Tuesday 6th of March 2018
Financial Guru Marina Schroeder tenderly shares the way her childhood experiences influenced her to be a person whose life is characterized by forgiveness. Explaining the pain she experienced in her family due to abuse, she shares how her relationship with Jesus Christ allowed her to forgive. With grace, humor, lots of patience, and yes, that good ole work ethic, she now counsels everyone to own their success. For lots of great tips for gaining success, in all aspects of life, don't miss the conversational adventure with this dear friend.
Wednesday 28th of February 2018
The wise and wonderful Sandy Bristow is back to share her wisdom on how sexual trauma affects women in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With depression as a real symptom, she explains how our enemy, the devil, likes to isolate those who've been hurt, then "move in for the kill." Instead she offer data that empowers us and the best treatment of all: community. Sandy defines trustworthiness when it comes to friends and counselors who can actually help us.As always, she brings her extensive wisdom to bear in giving us the advice and encouragement. “We can learn from one another. There’s a sisterhood here. We need to pray for one another.” ~Sandy Bristow
Wednesday 21st of February 2018
Women's Minister Sandy Bristow joins Cathy to share about her experience with sexual assault. This highly educated, gifted counselor shares her personal experience of being attacked by a trusted health professional, a chiropractor. From the first moments of the show when she offers the legal definition of sexual assault to the end when she sums up God's love of justice, Sandy shares one profound insight after another. If you or someone you love has been fondled, groped, or raped, her wisdom will equip you to seek justice.
Wednesday 14th of February 2018
In this episode, Pastor Stanley Cofer returns to update us on some of the great stuff happening around East Texas to finally do away with self-segregation. He shares his secrets for attracting young people and people from all ethnic backgrounds to community events. He talks about how Christians can be relevant. Factoring in respect for personal preferences when it comes to worship styles, he encourage folks to break down walls by bringing together congregations for special events. Finally, with compassion and insight he shares the valuable heart-felt messages he has for his white brothers and sisters. You won't want to miss this truthful discussion of what it takes to become an empowerment community.
Pastor Stanley Cofer credits his parents' insight and love of God’s word for the advantages he's enjoyed even as a young man. “They placed the word of God as the top authority. I never heard my parents downgrade a caucasian person, Nor did they exalt their own race.” Because they taught him to seek God first, he finds himself in a unique lace in East Texas. In a community that has struggled with racial division for over a hundred years, Stanley and his wife Christy find themselves in an unusual position. Spearheading a movement for unity, through the Empowerment Community Development Corporation, they find their efforts to bring unity to East Texas attracting enthusiasm. To those who scoff, Stanley has this to say: "I am not pro-back. I am not pro-white. I am pro-human," adding, "If Christ is the center, you can’t help but be an agent of love."
Wednesday 7th of February 2018
In this candid interview about what motivates him to address race issues with such a vulnerable heart, Ben Scaccia opens up about how he came to write the best-selling novel, Meals from Mars. Ben shares how his preconceived ideas were challenged in Chicago when, as a student at Wheaton, he volunteered at Cook County's juvie jail. The young men he met there challenged him to think about reconciliation and justice from a different perspective. If you've wondered what you could do to help heal our nation's schism over race , you will want to tune in for the practical and perceptive insight Ben offers. Eighteen years as an educator at Restoration Academy near Birmingham, Alabama have cemented this good man's love for his diverse community.
Ben Sciacca is back with Cathy to offer practical advice on how even one person's efforts can ripple out to create unity in our communities. What can we do? Anything simple and easy that might make a difference on the tough issue of racism? You bet! Along with reconciliation and justice, Ben offers insight on "Shalom, peace that makes harmony and delight in all our relationships." We are so proud of this episode that identifies the kind of Biblical peace promised when we discover the secret to seeking it first in our own hearts.
Wednesday 31st of January 2018
The amazing and talented Mary Ottman shares valuable insight on how leaders can grow. An engineer by training, a wise woman by design, her practical tips on self-diagnosing ways to become a trusted and insightful leader will have you begging for more! Get the best leadership training in your week here absolutely free in only 30 minutes. Professional women (and men) will love the practical advice born out of Mary's vast experience.
Wednesday 24th of January 2018
Mary Ottman share of her experience as a professional woman who was "roofied" in a work environment at 47 years old. Can it even be called date rape if the predator is someone you've known for years and thought of as a harmless friend? How does the drug effect you? How can you be fore-warned and thus, fore-armed? Mary shares her tender story and what she learned when reality set in after the initial trauma and shock wore off. This is an episode you will not want to miss. Listen and then, PLEASE, share it with your daughters and friends of all ages!
Wednesday 17th of January 2018
Care Executive Director B.J. Garrett shares how pastors are helping congregations by inviting women to tell their story of an abortion experience. In this episode, B.J. addresses the myth that post-abortive trauma is not affecting families or the church. CARE stands for Christ-centered Abortion Recovery and Education. Many, but not all, CARE volunteers are post-abortive. Some share their stories publicly; while all appreciate the strict confidentiality of the ministry. If you are wishing you could make a difference when it comes to abortion, B.J. shares how people are quietly making a gentle difference behind the scenes on this very personal issue.
Sunday 7th of January 2018
CARE Executive Director B.J. Garrett tells the gut-wrenching story of her childhood experiences. She tells of trauma, including sexual trafficking, that was compounded by abortion. This victorious and mighty woman of God shares how she shook free of the chains introduced by her childhood experiences and became a powerful force in the fight to empower women. If you are struggling with the after-affects of abortion or love someone who is, this show will set you on a path to freedom and joy.
Wednesday 3rd of January 2018
Darlene Marshal joins Cathy to share the wisdom she learned after a divorce as a Christian woman and gifted Bible teacher. How can the church step up to comfort those who have been through divorce? How do we get over our judgy-ness of others and ourselves about divorce? How can we understand the challenge single moms’ face after the divorce? Darlene tells the hard truth with compassion and gentleness. Darlene talks about pursuing the same purpose God always intended for you, even if your marriage turns toward divorce. She shares how she grew confident in the future God had for her and her children. If you or someone you love has been through divorce, you don’t want to miss her encouraging message! For more about Darlene, go to www.thementoringalliance.com.
Wednesday 27th of December 2017
Darlene shares her experiences as a Christian woman who never expected to be divorced She discusses with tenderness the impact that mental health can have in families. A gifted Bible teacher, Darlene has devoted herself to impacting the next generation her whole life. With over 32 years experience in public schools, including administration, Darlene currently serves as Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, the only Boys and Girls Club in the nation to come under the auspices of a Christian organization, the Mentoring Alliance. Darlene is truly exceptional in every way. Cathy cherishes this episode in which Darlene humbly tells the most personal aspects of how she lived through her unexpected heartache. For more about Darlene, go to www.thementoringalliance.com.
Wednesday 20th of December 2017
Media guru, Sandra Beck, tells how it really is to be single and strong as a mom. She holds back no punches in talking about the challenges. Then, in her energetic, no-nonsence style, Sandra offers practical tips and personal stories of things that worked for her amazing family. Like the way she dreaded certain community events because she had to haul her own picnic in, while other moms had hubbies to help. Leave it to Sandra to tell the truth and encourage us simultaneously. If you want to encourage single moms, or you want to be the strong single mom champion of your family, listen in to this reality check with the pumped-up solutions we all seek.
Wednesday 13th of December 2017
Sandra Beck joins Cathy to talk about how professional, educated, amazing women deal with the reality of divorce. A champion in every way, Sandra tells the story of how she experienced and survived divorce to become her family's champion. If you follow Sandra, you know she tells the truth with vulnerability and tenderness. If you are going through a divorce or know someone who is, Sandra's family proves that staying strong until we see strength manifest itself in our kids, too, is the surest path to victory and joy.
Wednesday 6th of December 2017
Susan Ellsworth joins Cathy for enlightening wisdom on how to talk to your hubby after a mastectomy, how to get the post-op care you need, and what to watch for when you no longer get mammograms. She discusses the difficulty of getting lymphedema diagnosed. Susan is Cathy's dear friend, an oncology nurse and a breast cancer survivor. With 24 years in nursing, she has tenderly cared for countless patients in the most difficult and vulnerable moments in their lives. She and her husband have been married 28 years and she is the mother of 3 kids. One of her daughters is also a nurse. My family loves Susan. In this episode, she shares the questions we all wish we knew when a loved one comes out of surgery. A nurse, Susan even uses the word vagina (properly) because, let's face it, some of our questions have to do with sex!
Wednesday 29th of November 2017
Susan Ellsworth had a double mastectomy, a reconstruction, and then a third surgery to remove the reconstruction. She discusses the difficulty of getting lymphedema diagnosed. We knew her experience with breast cancer as an oncology nurse makes her qualified to help many, many women as they go through the journey with their families. So, even though Susan is a very private person, she agreed to tell her story simply to help others. With 24 years in nursing, Susan has served both as a cardio and an oncology nurse. She has tenderly cared for countless patients in the most difficult and vulnerable moments in their lives. She and her husband have been married 28 years and she is the mother of 3 kids. One of her daughters is also a nurse. The MOST important thing about Susan is her faith, which you are about to discover by listening in on this tender conversation.
Wednesday 22nd of November 2017
Frankie Picasso never lets life get in the way of helping others. In this episode, she shares a bit about the countless nonprofits she has helped in her mission to make the world a brighter place. A woman of influence, when she is not bragging on people with a passion to serve, she is coaching others to accomplish their dreams. Squeezed in all the abundance of her life is time to call attention to the plight of forsaken pets. So, which nonprofits does she rank as her very favorites? To find out, listen in and laugh along with us and the amazing Frankie!
Thursday 16th of November 2017
The Unstoppable Frankie Picasso, Talk Radio Guru and wonderful human, joins us to tell her story of dealing with chronic pain. We turn the tables on Frankie and ask her all the hard questions she is usually asking the guests on her programs. In return, she opens up and tells us the truth about what she does each day to be the fabulous person we all admire. You may find yourself holding your breath as Frankie shares her adventures with overcoming pain. How did her experience help her reconnect with an old passion? As always, she manages to weave in stories of other people she admires and, of course, the pets we all love!
Wednesday 8th of November 2017
Robin Boyd shares wisdom on how to best serve and respect elders in multigenerational families.For instance, one of the greatest challenges is finding and paying for the extra care an elder may need. Her practical tips include keeping a sign up notebook for all service providers to sign in as they walk through the doors of your elder's room. If you are looking for practical ideas to make life wonderful for an elder you love, you will want to listen in as Robin shares wisdom from her vast experience as a loving daughter and devoted care-giver.
Wednesday 1st of November 2017
Special guest, Passing 50's Robin Boyd, shares her personal story of realizing her mother was unconscious after a stroke, not sleeping, as her young daughter reported. With insight born of experience, Robin shares how to face down all the challenges we face when we try to raise a family, while simultaneously caring for an aging parent. With wisdom and tenderness, she lists the things we may face and offers practical ideas to give us relief and encouragement today.
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