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A place where we talk about heart stories, inspirations, and our journey to discover what matters most.

    Episode 62: The Loop Files with Rick Kaempfer

    Episode 62: The Loop Files with Rick Kaempfer

    In this episode, Vicki Atkinson and Wynne Leon are talking with author, podcaster, publisher, and former radio producer, Rick Kaempfer.

    Rick has recently published The Loop Files: An Oral History of the Most Outrageous Radio Station Ever. It’s a celebration of a time when radio, rock and roll, and comedy all came together.

    We talk about how Rick prepared to meet celebrities as a DJ and producer in the pre-Internet era. He tells us about his regimen to subscribe to all the magazines he could and read 7 newspapers a day.

    Rick, who claims he is fueled by eye rolls, tells us great stories from his book, Father Knows Nothing, that pulled from his weekly column when he was a stay-at-home dad.

    We recorded this conversation right after opening day for major league baseball which was a great segue to his book, Every Cub Ever. And we talk about his fiction and his work as a publisher supporting authors and encouraging the full publishing lifecycle including promotion.

    This is a great episode with an incredibly prolific author, supportive publisher, and powerful presence. We know you’ll love it!

    Links for this episode:

    Episode 62 show notes

    The Loop Files: An Oral History of the Most Outrageous Radio Station Ever | Eckhartz Press

    EveryCubEver--6th Edition (2024) | Eckhartz Press

    Back in the D.D.R | Eckhartz Press

    Father Knows Nothing | Eckhartz Press

    From the hosts:

    Vicki’s personal blog: Victoria Ponders

    Wynne’s personal blog: Surprised by Joy

    Vicki’s recently released book: Surviving Sue

    Wynne’s book about her beloved father: Finding My Father’s Faith

    • 39 min
    Episode 61: The Writers Conference with Cheryl Oreglia

    Episode 61: The Writers Conference with Cheryl Oreglia

    In this episode, Vicki Atkinson and Wynne Leon are talking with author and blogger, Cheryl Oreglia.

    Cheryl has recently returned from attending the San Francisco writers conference. She shares her elevator pitch for her next book project.


    She inspires us to keep writing by talking about the symbiotic relationship between the gatekeepers and writers.

    In her inimitable style, Cheryl keeps us laughing alongside her as she reveals the mishaps, lessons, and successes of a writers conference.

    She also beautifully describes our personal stories and the way, perhaps obligation, to keep writing them.

    This is a great episode that will leave you inspired by Cheryl’s courage, ability to show up, and knack for telling a story. We know you’ll love it!

    Links for this post:

    Episode 61 show notes

    Grow Damn It!: The Feeding and Nurturing of Life by Cheryl Oreglia on Amazon

    We Are The Authors of Our Lives post

    Cheryl's blog: Living in the Gap

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheryl.oreglia 

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/@cheryloreglia 

    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/cheryloreglia 

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/cheryloreglia


    From the hosts:

    Vicki’s book, a special story about resilience and love: Surviving Sue

    Wynne’s book about her beloved father: Finding My Father’s Faith

    • 37 min
    Episode 60: The Perils of Prediction with Dr. Gerald Stein

    Episode 60: The Perils of Prediction with Dr. Gerald Stein

    In this episode, Vicki Atkinson and Wynne Leon are back with writer and retired psychologist, Dr. Gerald Stein.

    In this fascinating episode, we talk about the factors that keep us from accurately predicting how we’ll react in a situation or knowing what we want life to be.

    We talk about the tests in life like money, fame, winning, and more that look promising but probably feel different than we imagine if we achieve them.

    Dr. Stein talks about the factors that impact our ability to anticipate how we feel.

    In the face of our poor predictive power, Dr. Stein provides us some ways to face the future like evaluating our patterns and preparing for change.  He also reveals the practice of Tikkun olam, a Jewish concept that directs our energies towards repair of the world. Here's a sneak peak video:

    This is a great episode that reveals the perils of prediction and suggests how we can live our best life even when we don’t know what’s coming. We know you’ll love it!


    Links for this Episode:

    Episode 60 show notes

    Dr. Gerald Stein's Blog: Dr. Gerald Stein

    Don't be too sure of yourself: Why We aren't Good at Predictions by Dr. Gerald Stein

    Other podcast episodes with Dr. Stein:

    Episode 46: Being Your Own Best Friend With Dr. Gerald Stein - Part I

    Episode 47: Being Your Own Best Friend With Dr. Gerald Stein - Part II

    Episode 37: The Waiting Game with Dr. Gerald Stein

    Episode 29: Accidental Philanthropists with Dr. Gerald Stein

    Episode 20: The Art of the Interview with Dr. Gerald Stein

    From the Hosts:

    Vicki’s recently released book: Surviving Sue

    Wynne’s book about her beloved father: Finding My Father’s Faith

    • 59 min
    Episode 59: Creative Balance with Todd Fulginiti

    Episode 59: Creative Balance with Todd Fulginiti

    In this episode, Vicki Atkinson and Wynne Leon are talking with writer and musician, Todd Fulginiti. Our discussion centers around finding creative balance, especially in Todd’s post-Covid life as a musician gig worker.

    He talks about grabbing opportunities when they pop up. Because you never know how long the invitations will keep coming. And then the overload that happens when you say “yes” to everything.

    We talk through working with the tension between doing too much and taking care of oneself. Todd tells us his conclusion of finding his balance.

    We also find out Todd’s why for playing music and his creative life.


    This is a great episode that delves into balance (or lack thereof) in our creative lives. We know you’ll love it!

    Links for this Episode:


    Episode 59 show notes

    Todd's Wise & Shine post about creative balance: Is My Problem Age or Stress?

    Todd site where you can listen to his latest album and find out more: Todd Fulginiti Music

    HoTM podcast about his album release: Episode 38: Jazz on King with Todd Fulginiti

    Todd's Wise and Shine post about the release of his latest album, Jazz on King: My New Album Releases Today!

    Todd's Wise & Shine post about finding his playing style: Why Did I Say That?

    From the hosts:

    Vicki’s personal blog: Victoria Ponders

    Wynne’s personal blog: Surprised by Joy

    Vicki’s recently released book: Surviving Sue

    Wynne’s book about her beloved father: Finding My Father’s Faith

    • 33 min
    Episode 58: Creative Heart with Brian Hannon

    Episode 58: Creative Heart with Brian Hannon

    In this episode, Vicki Atkinson and Wynne Leon are talking with our colleague, writer and corporate communication leader, Brian Hannon.

    Brian shares with us what sparks his creativity and impetus to write.

    We talk about paradoxes and George Carlin.

    Brian tells us the secret about his productivity to write both personally and professionally.

    And because it’s always informative to find out how others do it all, we talk about balance. This is a great episode with a fantastic writer and friend. Brian always brings such warmth and inspiration to our conversations and truly has a creative heart. We know you’ll love it!

    Links for this Episode:

    Episode 58 show notes

    Brian's blog: Writing from the Heart with Brian

    Brian's post on paradoxes: A life full of paradoxes

    From the hosts:

    Vicki’s personal blog: Victoria Ponders

    Wynne’s personal blog: Surprised by Joy

    Vicki’s recently released book: Surviving Sue

    Wynne’s book about her beloved father: Finding My Father’s Faith

    • 36 min
    Episode 57: Becoming an Author with Chris G. Thelen

    Episode 57: Becoming an Author with Chris G. Thelen

    In this episode, Vicki Atkinson and Wynne Leon are talking with author, blogger, and former ad-man Chris Thelen.

    We talk about publishing his fun thriller, Islands of Deception. He highlights how important it is to have a great team when publishing a book. The goodness that comes from being surrounded by smart and supportive people.

    We talk about how he incorporates key locations from his home state of Michigan in the book and the lifetime of experiences that made it fun and personal to write about.

    Chris tells us how he landed on classifying it as a “beach read” and how that affected his marketing strategies.



    And we talk about all the reasons not to publish – and the big ones that compel us to do it anyway. This is a great episode about the journey to becoming an author.

    We know you’ll love it!


    Links for this Episode:

    Episode 57 show notes

    Chris' blog: Chris G. Thelen, Author

    Book website: Islands of Deception

    Islands of Deception on Amazon

    From the hosts:

    Vicki’s personal blog: Victoria Ponders

    Wynne’s personal blog: Surprised by Joy

    Vicki’s recently released book: Surviving Sue

    Wynne’s book about her beloved father: Finding My Father’s Faith

    • 27 min

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