With recommendations straight from our podcast guests, to my very favorite heart-lifting books and art (and people), here you'll find delicious items to lift your spirit! Scroll down to find a new nugget of gold (or wisdom!).
This is the book that inspires you to not only "see" the invitations in your life, but to accept them, as Larry does in Episode 6.
Often on the show we talk about "grace." This little book teaches you how to channel that grace into the world. Become the blessing that Dee talks about in Episode One.
Contemplatives rejoice! This little gem speaks deep truths-truths contained in simple, lyrical poetry. Run, don't walk, to get this book!
If you need a break from the stresses in the world, this book is it! Not only is the prose joyful, but this book teaches you to SEE beauty! And who can beat that?
I found out about this Change-Maker on Apple TV and their series "Home." See how this inspired and determined man is changing the world around him in one of Chicago's most challenging areas.
My guest in Episode 34, Don Handrick, says this is the book that changed his life. Check it out-and discover why it's a best-selling spiritual classic!
So many tarot decks, so little time! Just ask Amanda Bell, my guest on Episode 32. This is a beautiful deck for beginners and utilizes the wisdom of the natural world, bringing you the answers you need.
Written by my guest on Ep. 72, this book by Gerald Hausman takes the reader right to the heart of mystery and magic. Gerry has been praised by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, History Channel, and the Bank Street College of Education.
This is an artist challenging how society engages with female anatomy. She's irreverent, funny and indomitable. For the down-low on this feisty spirit, read more here!
In Episode 77 Rachana talks about being the light in the darkness...and how we all can, at any time in our lives, bring that light into the world. Her inspiration? This scene from Harry Potter.
For those who love plants...this journal is magical. Sarton's voice immerses you in the patch of land surrounding her in New Hampshire, and you'll never be the same.
In Ep. 88 Pastor D.G. Holllums explains how his photography is meant to encourage Visio Divina-a way to enter into contemplation via images. Visit his website to see his images-the images that help the viewer to connect to God through nature.
From Selena, our guest on Episode 5, this song is what gets her heart singing...see why by clicking on this link! Andra Day-RISE UP
Written from his own child-self's point of view, this graphic novel by George Takei of "Star Trek" fame, confronts us with what America did to it's own citizens during WWII. Innocent and raw, the subject navigates the world of the internment camp with hope and grace.
In Episode 8 Christine tells of how she and her partner shake their stress loose during this time of COVID and political upheaval. Here's her playlist for dancing in the kitchen!
Check out my guest on Ep. 95, Bud Weeks, and his tattoo art on his Instagram page. From Desert Southwest art to horror tats, Bud does it all. You can check it out here.
Dee, interviewed in Episode 1, loves this book, "I loved how it depicts ways that family and religious culture shapes our experiences and expectations." I'm here to testify-it's one amazing book!
How to describe this book? Gorgeous, haunting, a reverie on a time long gone. Blanchet finds herself a widow with 5 children- who then proceeds to carve out a life in the islands of the Pacific NW. You'll get lost in it.
Moving back to West Philadelphia, this Change-Maker is determined to build the Honeysuckle Community Center. Telling stories through food-and reshaping communities through food-Tate's doing it! To find out more about this delicious
idea, click here!
DC Sills, interviewed in Episode 11, makes music. Relatable, singular and wise-her songs tell important stories about real life. Check out her YouTube channel for some balm for your soul.
Echale Books resides in San Antonio, TX. Started by guest Elvia Rendon, heard in Episode 13, Echale specializes in Chican@/x, LGBTQ+, feminist, and healing books. Check it out here!
I had the great fortune of interviewing this incredible journalist for Episode 30! She's created a wonderful world on her Instagram account, and all of it to do with Mumbai taxi ceilings. Check it out when you have the time!
Eva, poet and marine biologist, is my guest on Ep. 93. To hear this astonishing wordsmith read from her work, click here. To buy her work, click here.
Larry, interviewed in Episode 6, loves this book! Sweet, profound and a gentle reminder, The Tao of Pooh also encourages the reader to rejoice in life. Pick it up to remember this all important way of being.
Maury, interviewed in Episode 9, wanted to give a shout out to Matt-a country western guitar teacher who can be found here. Want to learn guitar? Here's your teacher!
Rachel, interviewed in Episode 12, loves this song- as she says, "We all need funk!" Check it out here and get your blood flowing!
Sung by the glorious Dinah Washington, this song transports the soul. Gorgeous and haunting, it's one you won't soon forget. Listen here.
Fr. Richard Murphy recommends The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Promising "Lasting Happiness in a Changing World," this book has over 3,000 5-star ratings on Amazon.
By my guest in Ep. 98, this book by Cory Thomas Hutcheson is deeply historical and respectful-and ever so interesting! Folktales, folk magic and the enchanting and enchanted humans that have practiced this art are all discussed. Click here to buy this book!
This podcast, by my friend Joe Armstrong, promotes indie musicians. Borne out of the changing landscape for musicians (think Napster), Joe lifts up creators that might otherwise be looked over. Check it out here.
This change-maker inspires Pastor Jaime, interviewed in Episode 14! Born with autism, this force of nature has single-handedly re-visioned how we think of animals, how we think WITH animals and how every single being is worthy of being respected. To read more, click here!
Rev. Christopher, my guest on Episode 15, is the lead singer and songwriter for Crispy Watkins and the Crack Willows. This band creates folk music with a soul..and has darn great music videos to boot! To view their social justice oriented video called "Wanderer," click here.
Chef Johnny V. is a fan of all things musical-especially Broadway. In a part of our deleted conversation he explains why Jesus Christ Superstar the musical has some songs that he just can resist. Listen to this song, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, here.
Who hasn't heard of Lord of the Rings, the classic fantasy epic written by Tolkien. Father Jesse loves the series and he and I discussed our love for it during the podcast. Pick this series up to escape, for a bit, reality. Dive into a world where hobbits are heroes, rings can break us and hope lies in everyone working together.
I love supporting and lifting up other podcasters! Milo's show is special-she lives in her van, travels the United States and interviews strangers she meets along the way. Listen to my favorite episode, "I think I have a boyfriend" for a dose of hope, humor and what it's like to meet a kindred spirit.
In Episode 56 Marty talks about his adoptive father who was a medicine man. In this book Deloria Jr. details just what that world looked like in the last century.
Loretta Downs, a guest in Season 6, loves this book because it discusses how we can live fuller and more potent lives by friending and understanding death.
This Santa Fe artist is whimsical, provocative and intelligent! My guest on Episode 48, check out his art by clicking here!
David Forlano recommends this movie because, "it points to the wonder and magic of dreamworld in full color."
Ron's miracle in Episode 50 has to do with his best friendship with Shel Silverstein! Read this classic book immediately-it'll be sure to brighten your day!
This deck is a favorite for Stephanie Alia, my guest on Episode 55. To support this independent artist and this deck, click here.
In Episode 57 Pet Chaplain Janice Driggers wrestles with the question, "Do pets have souls?" This book answers with a resounding "YES!"
Check out "Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates" here.
In Episode 58 Ford Austin talks about this life-saving group-that works with artists that have survived terrible accidents, on set or off. To read more about the mission of this incredible resource, click here.
Episode 60 features Cheth, a true Renaissance Man. On his website Cheth asks, "Can the combined thoughts of humanity (the noosphere) prejudice random processes into interesting combinatorial patterns, words, and, perhaps, even poetry? " Click here to spin the wheel on his website to find out!
This amazing, over the top and beloved musician is a member of David Forlano's family, my guest in Episode 61. To read more about this fabulous entertainer, click here.
This fabulous book is by my guest on Episode 63- Maria Benedetti. It is a treasure. Find interviews and oral histories of indigenous people on the island of Puerto Rico...and how plants might be just what saves us.
My latest podcast guest is the author of MAD MISCHIEF, an award winning novel about what happened to her in Africa after taking a medication that sent her into psychosis. To buy this powerful and brave book, click here.
From the website: This is the story of Emanuel Revici M.D., his groundbreaking medical discoveries and his success in treating pain, cancer and other illnesses with his non-toxic "chemotherapy." It is a true story of a physician whose work was published by the prestigious Pasteur Institute, yet who was subsequently persecuted and prosecuted by the medical establishment.
For more information, click here.
Chaplin Kirt talks about beauty in Episode 71, and specifically refers to this scene as to how he finds his beauty in the world. From the movie "American Beauty," this scene is a cult must-see. Click on this link to watch this demonstration that beauty is always all around us.
Also in Episode 71 I reference one of the most beautiful animated movies I've ever seen, "Spirited Away." Check it out if you need a heart-lift. A little girl finds herself lost in a land full of mystery and enchantment. In the process she discovers strength and love and abundance all around her.
Finally, one of Kirt's all time favorite songs from one of his all time favorite bands, Faithless. Click on this link to listen to "God is a DJ." It'll be sure to get your heart bumpin and your feet jumpin'.
In Episode 77 we talk about Somatic Therapy! For a much better description of what this therapy is all about please see this Psychology Today article.
In Episode 79 we talk Cooper's memoir, PASS WITH CARE. To purchase the book or to check this dynamic and inspiring author out, click here.
Their website says: " Welcome to the Current Middle Ages." My guest on Ep. 83, Diana Paxson, was a founding member of this group, found worldwide, who re-create and re-learn pre-17th century happenings. Click here for more information.
Just one of this powerful author's works, this tome talks about one of the greatest gods who is a trickster who teaches truths. To check out this book and many others, click here.
Jen is a transformer...and is transforming this world we live in. A creative and deeply intelligent soul, she has three books and many other evocative treats on her website, which can be found here.
This glorious creator and dynamic drag queen is taking the Desert Southwest by storm! To check out what Tomahawk is doing and how she is reminding people that all have worth, visit her Instagram-@tomahawkmartini
It all started here (or so I like to imagine!). Watch Four Arrows narrate the journey that changed his life and set him on a new path. With evocative photos this change-maker's documentary will inspire.
My guest in Ep. 104, Tiago, is the consummate singer-songwriter. Along with his brother, they are Os Arrais! To find more of them, and listen to their groovy tunes, click here for the YouTube link.
This legendary icon has so many myths and stories surrounding her, the mystery is worth reading about! Click here to dive in to the history of this gorgeous icon!
An incredible story of Dr. Erica's adventures as she teaches kids on a Navajo reservation. Filled with magic, with memories, and enchanting prose, this book will remind you that life, and the people in it-are good. Click here to buy this treasure.
Douglas is a Renaissance kinda guy! His sole purpose is to create sacred spaces for others to inhabit! Whether it's a Gratitude Dojo, or The Appreciation Effect, he is absolutely changing the world. Click here to learn more.