Changing the face of the world! Steven Svoboda

Maria & Steven Svoboda August 2014

At the Maria Sanchez Show, we try and focus as much as possible on good news. Oftentimes it isn’t so easy to do so. For whatever reason, the human condition appears to need stimulation and we find it in salacious, dramatic, tragic situations. Thus the rubber necking that occurs on our roadways when there is an accident.
This is why the media focuses on blood and guts. Either we have prurient interest or we want to be distracted so very much from our own existences that we focus on the horror.
Enter one of my idols, a man that I am proud to call a collaborator, and someone who is literally changing the way we look at an issue that was traditionally and socially acceptable – male circumcision.
When I first met Steven, I was working at an NPR affiliate as a talk show host and I brought him on the program to talk about female genital mutilation and what was occurring at that time in Africa.
In our conversation, Steven compared that atrocity with male circumcision. Of course I rebuffed his words and the concept as “our” circumcision in the United States is conducted by a mohel (a Jewish practitioner) or a physician, in clean, sanitary, well lit and controlled circumstances.
After all I argued, my father, my 2 brothers, my 3 sons and my ex-husband were all circumcised. That’s just what we do. That’s how ignorant I was at that time in my life.
Steven’s point to me then and to this day (we’re talking late ’90s) was, “genital mutilation is genital mutilation, regardless of the gender and the circumstances.”
That began a 15+ year of professional collaboration. I affectionately have called Steven our “Circumcision Correspondent” because he visits with us whenever circumcision is in the news.
The organization he founded 20+ years ago which is his passion to this day, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, seeks to educate people, physicians, cultures, countries about surgically removing viable skin for cosmetic reasons. www.arclaw.org for more information.
Steven and I had never met in person. This picture of the two of us was taken last Friday, August 22 in Santa Monica, CA as we finally had an opportunity to speak to one another face to face.
I hope you’re helping to make this world a better place! Steven is a shining example of that.

Robin Williams – Rest In Peace

Robin WilliamsI was acquainted with Robin Williams in the early 1980′s.  At the time I was married to a stand up comedian and they were colleagues, if you will.  In those days comics honed their craft at either The Comedy Store or The Improv in Hollywood.  It was a legendary group of funny folks that banded together over a common passion.

It was inordinately composed of men, although there were a few women, and these brave, young, talented individuals were cutting their teeth on stage for a mere pittance.  Usually $25 a set, which lasted 5 to 10 to 30 minutes depending on when they were booked in the week and in what order they performed.

The camaraderie amongst these comics was exemplary.  They’d stand in the parking lot, shooting the shit, talking about their auditions, what comedy clubs they were booked in throughout the country, riffing with one another about the events of the day, sometimes working out a bit with one another and even giving each other a joke or two to have and claim as theirs while they waited for their set or thereafter.

Robin Williams was often in that parking lot waiting for his time to go on stage.  He was fairly famous already due to his role on “Mork and Mindy” and he was there not for the money (obviously) or the fame.  He was there because he loved to perform and the audiences loved him.

One of the things that I found curious about him aside from his brilliance and his frenetic energy was that we’d be having a conversation and his answers to my questions, while funny, ended up following him onto the stage that same evening.  Was he trying out his material on me or was he answering spontaneously and then taking it with him to the spotlight?

I never knew the truth, or shall I say, his truth?

To lose another brilliant, talented, gifted performer is truly a loss for all of us.  It gives real meaning to the term, “tortured artist.”

I spoke this afternoon with a man that is very involved with the mental health community.  He is not a physician but he has personal experience with mental illness and is active in the education and support of those that are in need of such tools. 

He told me that, “suicide is 100% preventable.”  While I find that difficult to believe, he knows better than most.  He says that there are signs, there are messages and that there is an opportunity to help prevent someone from choosing a permanent solution to a temporary situation.

Something to ponder upon as we mourn Robin Williams passing.  #RobinWilliams

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 – G2G Collection

G2GWin/win/win is a goal of our program as well as attempting to help make our world a better place.  When you combine luxury travel destinations with philanthropy, you are on to something.

Please join Maria as she visits with the creator of one such enterprise.  Rob Vaka shares with Maria about an entity that he created with Adam Capes.

It is a luxury destination club targeting individuals with an opportunity to become members of an organization that will save them money and change their lives, as well as our world.

Rob explains how the business works, how one may join, how charities benefit, how it may actually save us money and the luxury properties that are available all over the world.

There are several plans to avail oneself of with locations on the beach, in the world, at ski destinations, yachts, resorts, mountains, city and voluntourism locales.

The G2G Collection’s Giving Plan Foundation gives members’ charity of choice five percent of the nightly rate each time they travel but more importantly, members contribute $7,500 to their favorite charity and receive the tax deduction.

There are more than 100 charity partners.  In a year and a half, G2G Collection has generated more than $1.25 million for these charities and they have a goal of raising $1 Billion for charity every decade! 

As Rob shares in the conversation, “life is short, I’m a 15 year cancer survivor, what we remember most about our lives is our experiences, not things.”

If you own a property that you feel might meet the standards of G2G, you may contact them about the opportunity as well.

It’s not often that we can give and get, so please listen to the conversation so you may learn more about how this is possible in today’s world. 

G2G Collection, travel beyond the destination.

Click here for their website.

We were honored today . . .

All-About-ConejoClick here to read the article about our program.

Here’s the article that was published today.  They selected us as their inaugural spotlight and we are humbled  to receive this recognition!  Thank you!

 

I don’t care for outdoor cats!

I own a singloutdoor cate story home.  I have a vegetable garden.  I have neighbors who are outdoor cat owners.  I am the recipient of the outdoor cat antics and it makes me very unhappy.

Why does it matter, you might ask?  I’ll tell you why.  I have their markings on all of my sliding glass doors as well as the screens that go with them.  I always wondered how a spray of liquid would get on my outside windows.  I couldn’t understand where and how it got there until a friend of mine explained that it was a cat and its marking.

Marking MY territory, I might add!  MY home, not their home. 

And as for my vegetable garden, these same cats use it as their litter box.  They defecate in my organic vegetable garden.  Again, MY organic vegetable garden and there is their feces.

Adding insult to injury with these same nefarious neighborhood cats is the following story.  I fostered a kitty that had been rescued from an alley with 4 nursing babies that were 4 weeks old.   The mommy kitty stayed with a girlfriend while her litter continued to nurse.  They were then separated at 8 weeks and all 4 kitties were successfully adopted out.

The mommy kitty on the other hand was not so successful.  She was scrawny, engorged, and a sight for sore eyes.  I adopted her to help her regain her health, to give her a loving home while she recovered from the loss of her litter and the subsequent surgery to fix her.

She was my girl, even if just temporarily in my care, custody and control.  One evening I’m reading in my bedroom with my kitty in my lap and I suddenly hear this blood curdling scream – and I mean a scream, coming from my kitty.  Outside my bedroom sliding glass door was one of these rogue cats hissing at MY kitty in MY home!

My mommy kitty lost her bowels she was so frightened.  I chased that damn trespassing cat out of my yard and then had to deal with the fall out of the inadvertent bowel movement.

Mommy kitty has found a forever home and is safely ensconced in her new and luxurious lifestyle.  But today, as I was cleaning my outside patio, there are fresh markings.  Not only on the windows but also on my outdoor furniture and it won’t wash off!

I don’t approve of outdoor cats.  I don’t like being the object of their animal kingdom hierarchy. 

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 – Embrace Your Magnificence

                                               Please join Maria as she visits with best-selling author, mentor, international speaker and founder of a world-renowned business school that has helpFabienne Fredicksoned thousands of women to transform their lives.

Fabienne Fredrickson knows of adversity and challenges.  She takes feelings of “less than” and “not good enough” to living well and gaining a life of magnificence.

“Embrace Your Magnificence:  Get Out of Your Own Way and Live a Richer, Fuller, More Abundant Life” is the title of her recently published tome.

This began as a love letter to her daughter and has become Ms. Fredrickson’s message of courage and love to women everywhere that “you are a magnificent being, truly deserving of a rich and abundant life.”

She takes readers on a journey as she shares her own personal experiences of hard-earned lessons, realizations and transformations.  Even if the details are different, her story is our story.  The feelings and emotions she shares are universal. 

It is a course in self-esteem as much as it is a path to healing, forgiveness, self-love, faith and courage.  Each of the book’s 72 essays will inspire you to take action to create the life, the career, the family, the income, the legacy and the meaning you want in your life.  You’ll move beyond your past and grow from your experiences.  Through your own transformation, you will affect others around you in ways you may never fully understand.

Click here for her website.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 – Editor-In-Chief, Jennifer McLaughlin

LA Travel MagazineIn 2008, an on line magazine was created, LA Travel Magazine.  A little over a year ago, in August 2013, a quarterly print issue was launched in conjunction with the on line experience.

Please join Maria as she visits with Jennifer McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief.  Jennifer shares with Maria what goes into creating and executing a travel magazine.  The behind the scenes experiences of a luxury periodical.

Friday, August 1, 2014 is the unveiling of the next issue at a Summer Issue Launch Party at the W Hollywood, Sunset Blvd.  to which you are invited.  Details and RSVP on their Facebook page.

Click here for their website.