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Episode 83 - Chad Hymas, An Elk Rancher!

Episode 83 - Chad Hymas, An Elk Rancher!

August 21, 2020

Chad Hymas joined me this morning from his elk ranch in Rush Valley, Utah to discuss how he’s been finding his way through the covid-19 crisis, which he describes as worse than the accident leading to his quadriplegia.

In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad broke his neck and severed his spinal cord while attempting to transfer a 2,000 bale of hay with a tractor. Chad explains how he had gotten into the habit of ignoring the warning light that came on that fateful day which indicated low hydrolytic fuel and how, as a result, he didn’t get to witness his youngest son take his first steps. Ironic, right?

Chad is a member of the National Speaker Association Hall Of Fame and travels the world, mostly solo, despite his seemingly insurmountable physical limitations. He explains how he’s able to do it, and how grateful he is for it.

We discussed his inspiring journey (author, elk rancher, athlete, motivational speaker, father, husband) some local politics (subdivisions), Covid-19, anxiety, travel (less), working his ranch, safe social gatherings, new dynamics in relationships, adoption, national politics, as well as his newly constructed recording/broadcasting studio where he intends to keep Doing What Must Be Done.

Episode 82 - Dr. Robb Kelly, A Coach!

Episode 82 - Dr. Robb Kelly, A Coach!

August 19, 2020

Robb Kelly, PhD (psychology, Oxford, 1984) joined me this morning and shared his remarkable story.

Dr. Kelly is an addiction expert. He provides one-on-one coaching which focuses on “healing the body, mind and spirit of our clients” by teaching addicts to change their thought patterns, which manifests in changed behaviors.  He “pulls the disease out of his clients and empowers them to fight their disease head on.”

In this episode, Dr. Kelly discusses growing up in England and drinking when he was just 9-years old.  He describes his early career as a bass player and “partying” with Elton John and Freddie Mercury before scraping his way through college/graduate school, starting a family and then losing it all by age 26. After several failed suicide attempts, he was “led” into Alcoholics Anonymous, which changed his life.

We spoke about anxiety, fear, covid-19, mental health, AA and his unconventional approach to permanently closing the revolving door of recovery.

Good thinking Coach!!


Episode 81- Melissa Marsted, A House Fire!

Episode 81- Melissa Marsted, A House Fire!

August 17, 2020

Melissa Marsted, the founder and publisher of Lucky Penny Publications, joined me this morning and spoke about her “hero’s journey” in becoming a children’s book author/publisher.

“It really all began on the night of the Santa Barbara Tea Fire in November, 2008. My two boys, three pets and I lost nearly everything after having an hour to evacuate. After the fire a friend asked if I could do anything to start my life over, what would I do? Without hesitation, I wanted to finish self-publish a children's book, I was working on. I set my intentions and within a year that book was finished at the end of 2009. 

In March, 2010 the iPad was released, and I had the idea to start an eBook publishing company. TEN years ago! 

Over the years I have hit road blocks but as a long distance runner I have learned to go the distance. There is no giving up!

I am re-writing this now in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, and re-evaluating how far Lucky Penny has come in ten years and what's next? It's a time for us to believe in our dreams!”

We discussed A Hero with a Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell, 1949) and her personal transformation which included obstacles, trials, allies and a little luck!



Episode 80 - Rebecca Costa, A “Fortune” of Information

Episode 80 - Rebecca Costa, A “Fortune” of Information

August 7, 2020

Technology and Science Futurist Rebecca Costa joined me from her home in Oregon. She’s voluntarily participating in her own social experiment which is designed to cultivate increased probabilities of being happy. It seems to be working, and now she’s in the process of writing a new book about it. (Her friends know not to "drop in" on her when the flag is out, . . . because she's busy, which is a big part of being happy.)

Rebecca explains how we can “leverage what we know about everyday behaviors which produce resiliency, enjoyment and hopefulness” and “fortify positive emotions and change the outlook millions of Americans have on life.”

We discussed sociobiology, vaccines, facts vs. beliefs, science, Covid-19 treatments, unemployment, mental health, artificial intelligence, political philosophy, as well as her books The Watchman's Rattle (2010) and On The Verge (2017).

She’s a futurist, so naturally I took the opportunity to ask her . . .


Episode 79 - Brad Schreiber, Music is Power

Episode 79 - Brad Schreiber, Music is Power

August 5, 2020

Brad Schreiber's introduction to his book, Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice and the Will to Change, states:

"Music is sound waves. It is energy made entertaining, mathematics in
service to the human ear. It is power—but not just sonic power or power
in consumer currency or the power to evoke an emotional response or
memory. Music, when it is crafted to address the ills of the world, becomes a special kind of force."

Brad joined me from his home in California and we rapped about music  (Joe Hill, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Ozzy Osbourne and Rush (of course)), as well as history, politics, social change, Covid-19, symbolism, big money, etc.  

I start the show discussing my break from social media, a two month roadtrip across the country and the origin of the term "hippie."


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