Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of you

 a very Merry Holiday Season!



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On the Radio: About Love

If you’ve had an opportunity to listen to any of last years TableTalk series, you know Love Newkirk and I have a history. We’ve literally known one another since we were both kindergarteners at John Downey Elementary school back in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and were also members of the same Brownie troupe.

The paths leading us to Germany were very different, but the sense of friendship has – thankfully! – remained strong, which is just one reason why I’m especially pleased to have her as my final On the Radio guest for 2011!

A talented singer-songwriter, TV and stage moderator in both English and German, as well as actress and producer, Love has developed into an inspirational all-round performer. She began her singing career in gospel churches, musical theater stages and jazz clubs in our hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before winning the lead role in the European tour of the Broadway hit musical “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar”. After receiving rave reviews for her powerhouse performance, Love decided to take a leap of faith and stayed in Europe when the tour ended. Here she accepted several proposals for TV and stage performances, before landing a prime-time spot on her own soul program „Groove“ which aired daily on VH-1 here in Germany.

Since starring in “Soul Sister”, a show that was the best touring musical in Germany in 2007, Love has gone on to a prominent role in the successful “Pasta É Basta“, as well as being an ambassadress for the African-descended community on her own local TV show “Afrika Outlook”  on Hamburg’s T.I.D.E. television.

Tune in as Love shares stories of her life in one of Germany’s most vibrant Afro-communities.

  • Topic: About Love
  • Special Guest: Love Newkirk (Entertainer)
  • Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2011
  • Time: 6 pm CET // 12pm EST
  • Duration: Approx. 60 minutes
  • Dial-in*: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 95377
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Wednesday’s Wisdom: 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself

This list showed up on my Facebook feed several times, and different parts of it have stayed with me since I first read it. As I contemplate the past year as 2011 is slowly winding down,  I want to share these 30 things with all of you.

  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people
  2. Stop running from your problems.
  3. Stop lying to yourself.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness.
  11. Stop being idle.
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else.
  16. Stop being jealous of others.
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.
  18. Stop holding grudges.
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect.
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone.
  28. Stop worrying so much.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.
  30. Stop being ungrateful.


Of course, some of these resonate more strongly with you than others, depending on your current phase in life.

Read through them all again – s.l.o.w.l.y. –  then choose the three that resonate most strongly with you. If you like, share (and explain) your choices with us).

Here are my choices:

  • # 12
  • # 26
  • # 29

I’ll be back to explain my choices next week…


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The Word of the Week*…

…is PAUSE!

If – as individuals – we’re so focused on our own Master Plan, we run the risk of completely missing out on what Alice Walker so poetically called The Color Purple. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you know what I mean. (If not, I highly recommend you do!)

On the other hand, if we allow ourselves to have the attention span of a spoiled hyperactive child, our lives can quickly become one long series of Aha Moments that aren’t connected with one another, much less our true Life Purpose.

Those are, of course, extreme scenarios. But where is the happy medium?

*Click the “Word of the Week”  to listen to this brief podcast

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