Category Archives: Relationships

We’re hoping you had a Happy 4th of July!

indexHere’s hoping that you were able to enjoy our holiday with family and friends and to honor and celebrate our country’s birth.  I was fortunate that my three sons were able to join me for most of the holiday weekend and we had a ball!  I feel so fortunate that my 20-something children are in the area and make themselves available for us to be together as a family.

My daughter, my youngest child, is living in another country since last month so that has been quite the adjustment for me, her mother because in her entire life, we’ve only ever been 60 minutes away from one another.  We were able to Skype and text over the holiday and she was quite homesick on the 4th because of what she was missing by being away from the United States.

Thank you for the honor of keeping our website alive and our podcasts listened to.  With much gratitude, Maria

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 – Sarah, The Tree & Her Road to Recovery


Please join Maria as she visits with a mother whose 17 year old daughter suffered a horrific tragedy eight weeks ago.  Mother Nature fell on her daughter as she was walking to high school.  Learn more about this story and what you can do to help this family recover and experience a miracle.


You can help Sarah by Clicking This Link to her Fund Me page!   Any donation you can make will get Sarah on the road to recovery.


Click the player button below to hear Sarah’s story…


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 – The Art of Knowing When to Let Go!

I apologize for the lack of programming recently.  Ordinarily we produce a new podcast most week days.  This has been an extraordinary time for my family as my youngest child, my only daughter, is moving to Australia and tonight is when she takes her flight to do so.

I have four children and I love them all dearly.  I’ve been blessed with four great kids who turned out exceptionally well.  Two have graduated from college and two are still getting their degrees but they are all contributing members of society and are on their own. 

Yes, I am an empty nester!  It took me several months to get over the realization that I didn’t have to get home at a certain time to start dinner, do homework, supervise baths and bedtime stories and prayers.  Initially the adjustment was very difficult as being a mother was a part of my identity.  Not it wasn’t a day in and a day out occurrence.

I have grown to love my freedom and the responsibility of just myself.  However, I have had the luxury of having all 4 of my children within an hour’s drive.  My daughter has never been father than 60 minutes from me. 

Now she’s moving to Australia!  It is with a heavy heart that I send her on her way to this next chapter and adventure.  I admire that she is taking this opportunity to explore a new world and to follow her heart.  I am distraught at the fact that we’ll not be able to see one another for months at a time but I certainly do wish her well.

I’m also traveling for an opportunity so our programming might be intermittent until after Father’s Day.  I’ll do better about updating and/or commenting on our site, even if we don’t provide you with a podcast.

Thank you for sharing the word and for your loyalties.  I am humbled! 

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Month

NAMI Ventura CountyMay is Mental Illness Awareness month.  Please join Maria as she visits with Duane Bentzen.  Duane is the former President of the Ventura County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), for the past three years and a member of the NAMI Board of Directors for four years.

Duane shares about the national organization, the local organization and his own personal story about his son who was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia in 2002.  It’s a story about fighting for treatment and in light of the weekend events in Isla Vista, it is a timely story of how mental illness and that fight for treatment is a critical piece in the quest to answer some unanswerable questions.

To listen to the podcast, click the player below:

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 – Soul Models

Please join Maria as she visits with Angela Daffron, co-author of the book “Soul Models” which is released today.  

Soul Models are individuals who touch the hearts, minds and souls of everyone they meet. They are today’s role models, transforming challenge into positive change for others. Their courage and compassion showcase the strength and beauty of the human spirit: Everyone can be a Soul Model – including you!


Click here for more information.