Anne Taintor: Irreverant Takes on Motherhood and Social Conventions

March 6, 2017

If you've ever been in an airport news stand, kitchen store, or anyploace that sells magnets, you've seen Anne's work.  She cut ads out of old women's magazines and attached captions that you can really see those picture postcard perfect women thinking behind the painted-on smiles, shirtwaists, and pearls.  She's more high-tech now, but it's the same idea.  She started at craft fairs with wooden pins and thought magnets were the stupidest idea in the world!  She's an empire now, still poking fun at domestic stereotypes.

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Aaron Young – Why You HAVE to Incorporate, Even if You’re Not a Business Owner

July 24, 2016

The tax benefits of incorporation are much more extensive than you have any idea.  In fact, corporations are one of the secrets of how the rich get richer.  And just about anyone can do it!  And for business owners, incorporation protects the owner by separating her from her business.  But you have to do it exactly right, which is almost impossible to do on your own. 

Aaron Young is CEO of Laughlin USA, which forms corporate entities for just about any business – incorporation, sure, but also LLC and other things.  To be 100% compliant – and nothing less will keep the corporate veil in place to protect the owner – is really, really complicated and, as Aaron tells us, almost schizophrenic!  This is a very important show if you are a small business owner.  And it's fun, too.

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The Father of UGGs, Brian Smith

July 24, 2016

Brian's the man behind UGGs, the sheepskin footwear phenomenon.  And you have no idea how amazing resource sheepskin really is!  It keeps your feet really warm in the winter, sure, but it also keeps them cool in the summer!  Put 'em on soaking wet feet and they'll be dry in minutes, it's incredibly durable.  It won't even tear.*  Know how to clean them?  Well, Brian takes his in the shower with him.

Brian also talks about some of his other businesses and his book, You Can't Give Birth to Adults.  It's about the growth stages of a business.  You're gonna love this podcast!

*All this true of genuine sheepskin, the original UGGs.  Knock-offs are not usually real sheepskin.  Not all UGGs are now, either.

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Creating a Book, Cover to Cover, Inside and Out

December 28, 2015

Adina Ferguson, Ian Anderson, and Tyler Mendelsohn are recent grads from University of Baltimore's Creative and Publishing MFA program talk about the experience of not just writing, but doing every part of the process except the printing.  Their thesis was a book.  They wrote it, designed both sides of both covers, how the pages would look, what paper or stock to use, even marketed them.  Now they can look at that book and say, "I did this!"  They talk about that process and give us some great marketing tips. 

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The Best Fun/Weird Holiday Music Ever!

December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!  Every year at this time I play a show of really off-beat holiday music.  I had intended to re-record it this year since I have better audio software now, but my microphone had different ideas.  Still, this show is a lot of fun.  The first one is the a capella group Straight No Chaser's The 12 Days of Christmas.  If you haven't heard it, ya gotta.  There are other songs from that same group, but lots of others as well.  Manheim Steamroller is one, and there's a Hawaiian version.  That one may only be funny to me, though, since I lived there and get all the references, but it's an interesting twist on a song that really needs interesting twists.  Enjoy!

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America’s Integrity Expert, Dr. David Gruder

December 14, 2015

Integrity is not just about keeping your word.  There is integrity within yourself, as well as within your relationships, both personal and community-wide.  Dr. David Gruder is "America's Integrity Expert."  He is a clinical & organizational psychologist who brings the best of psychology to business, the best of entrepreneurship to professionals, and the best of both to social change & governance.

An award-winning author and highly sought-after speaker, David coaches corporations and individuals the collaborations skills required to create sustainable productivity, profitability & job satisfaction.  Simply put, if you  want a work environment where everyone - top to bottom - enjoys their work and feels fulfilled personally and professionally, talk to David.  Happy employees ultimately leads to growth.

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A Doctor Without Borders: And MSF Surgeon Tells It Like It Really Is.

December 7, 2015

Bob Baxt is a surgeon who spends most of his time these days out of the country. He works with civilian humanitarian medical services like Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the former hospital ship Hope.  He's spent a lot of time in Africa and has seen what is actually going on there.  Bob states at the outset of the interview that his views are his and do not represent the views of any government or any organization he has worked with.  But he says we're trying so hard in this country to help the people in war-torn countries, but we can never understand what is going on there unless you understand the tribal system that they have used as their form of government for eons.  The concept of a centralized government isn't even in their consciousness, yet that's what we keep trying to get them to use. 

Bob also steps back some and gives us a brief history of how things got the way they are in Africa.
With the dangers involved, the lack of supplies and sterility, why do Bob and others like him keep going back?  Listen and you'll know.

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Vicki Brick on Growing Up in a Fitness Dynasty

November 30, 2015

NOTE: This is an old show, before I was using a good microphone, so I apologize for the sound quality.

Vicki Brick recently took over as CEO of Brick Bodies.  Before then, she worked at the clubs, starting in sales and working her way up to a general manager position.  Before that, she played pro ball.  Yup, basketball.  We talked about what it was like growing up in a fitness dynasty and how it was growing in a climate where other clubs are going out of business. 

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Pam Webber, Author of the Coming-of-Age Novel, “The Wiregrass”

November 23, 2015

There's a portion of the deep south known as the Wiregrass, for the particularly nasty kind of grass that grows there.  That's where author Pam Webber and her cousins spent their summers growing up.  And that's where the fictional cousins of The Wiregrass spent their summers.  The summer she writes of is the one where they are starting to realize their childhood is coming to an end and the way things have always been, isn't the way they're going to be anymore.

One of the reasons she wrote this book is to bring more awareness to the problem of child abuse. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says that in one year alone, more than a million kids were abused or at risk for being abused.  We need to stop that.

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Adrian Suskin Part 2: ZimKids; Teaching teaching them to fish

November 17, 2015

This is part two of this podcast.  There was just too much really important stuff to fit into one.  In Part 1, we introduced Zimbabwean Adrian Suskin. We talked about the former Rhodesia claiming it's independence, and how the Great Liberator became a tyrant who, in five years, took Zimbabwe from tremendous affluence to abject poverty, 90% unemployment, and inflation so high $100 billion could buy a loaf of bread.  In this, Part 2, we talk about what Adrian and others are doing to bring the country back to its former glory.

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