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.
This is the cookbook of starting over. Mather gets divorced and loses her job-and moves. And then recreates her life from the ground up-honoring the land and people around her.
This book is all about the deeper meanings of what we see in the world. Dive in and discover how the egg, water and the spiral (and so many more) are so much more powerful and magical than we realize.
Yes, a personal favorite. Hauntingly beautiful, magical and fun, this book is perfect for those long winter nights. So grab a cup of tea and dig in!
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!
Khan's recipes are intoxicating, but so are the stories about Persia-and how each dish emerged out it's environment. It's a lovely ode to a part of the world that still retains some mystery.
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.
Southern recipes and a chef's life. I am addicted to these kind of cookbooks...delicious recipes and the history behind them. Smalls' retelling of his life is beautiful, his family is complex and fascinating!
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!
"Art is God made visible," says Hank Virgona. Armando's work is a perfect example of that. Who else combines folk art, Japanese manga and religious iconography like this? Check out his work 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!
A movie about the adventure that is your life! Because, let's face it, who doesn't want more adventure and magic? Check it out if you're ready to step out your front door and follow your path to your bliss.
Most people see a homeless person and look the other way. Not Alex Stephany, who has created BEAM, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping the homeless find long-term employment. Read about BEAM 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.
A non-profit dedicated to solving the world's growing housing scarcity, this group of change-makers are intent on creating safe neighborhoods for the world's poorest people. To read more about these amazing people, click here!
One of my favorite shows and podcasts, On Being always inspires me and lifts my day. Interviewing every change maker, every inspirational, kind, intelligent human, this show never fails to make me want to change this world for the better. Listen 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.