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Ask Dr. Bunny. Lady In The Window? Maryann Ridini Spencer, guest.

Maryann Ridini Spencer, award-winning Screenwriter, Author, Producer, Lifestyle Journalist, Chef, TV Host, and CEO, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss her new book (and first novel), “Lady In The Window”.

Maryann tells us about her inspiration for “Lady In The Window”, and also shares interesting information about her other successful projects, as well as her fascinating life.

Maryann is one amazing woman who really does it all.  Tune in and prepare to be inspired!

About Maryann Ridini Spencer:

Maryann writes themes of ALOHA …penning award-winning novels and writing and producing critically-acclaimed projects for film & television, working as a print and television food & lifestyle journalist as well as recipe developer, chef, and Simply Delicious Living TV Host. She is committed to creating, writing and producing content that entertains, inspires, educates, and uplifts.

Growing up on the East Coast in a large, close-knit Italian-Irish family, Maryann developed a love for cooking and entertaining at an early age. This passion preparing healthy dishes and memorable dining experiences for family and friends led her to start developing recipes, and eventually, to write and produce TV cooking segments for entertainment and lifestyle series on Cable News Network and USA Network, as well as work as a print food and lifestyle writer.

In 2010, Maryann created the concept for a show she also produces and hosts, “Simply Delicious Living with Maryann®,” an award-winning healthy living cooking series  (and cookbook) seen on PBS Television (KVCR-TV in Southern California, DirectTV, Dish Network, Roku, and YouTube) with a text and video column that runs in the online edition of the Ventura County Star (part of the Gannett /USA Today Network, Search: Simply Delicious at VCStar.com).

Additionally, Maryann is the creator, producer, writer, and reporter of, “Sustainable Ventura News,” an award-winning environmental news program broadcast on local television in Ventura, as well as on the news and lifestyle pages at Ventura County Star (Search: “Sustainable Ventura”). “Simply Delicious Living” and “Sustainable Ventura” also run as radio shows on KPPQ 104.1 FM in Ventura County, Ca.

Television and Movie Screenwriter & Producer

A member of the Writers Guild West and Producers Guild of America, Maryann is celebrated for co-producing/writing the award-winning movie, “The Lost Valentine,” starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt.  The movie, a critically-acclaimed, ratings hit from Hallmark Hall of Fame (in Association with Ridini Entertainment Corporation based on the novel of the same name by James Michael Pratt), premiered Sunday, January 30, 2011, on CBS-TV (9:00 pm ET/PT) to over 15 million viewers.  It held its position for five years as being CBS-TV’s highest rated movie, and at the time of its premiere, it was Hallmark’s highest rated movie in four years. Since it’s debut, it has since become one of Hallmark’s classic, most beloved movies, and is now a part of Hallmark’s Gold Crown Collector’s Edition. The movie also airs regularly on The Hallmark Channel.  Read more about “The Lost Valentine.”

A sampling of Maryann’s numerous writing and/or producing  credits  for television and foreign theatrical distribution include Cable News Network (“People Now” and “The Mike Douglas Show”), USA Networks (“Alive & Well”), SyFy Channel (MOWs), Showtime Networks (“Roger Corman Presents” movie series), and The Movie Channel (MOWs).

About “Lady In The Window”:

“Lady in the Window” a Novel by Maryann Ridini Spencer (2017, SelectBooks)

Thirty-year-old Kate Grace is a successful lifestyle writer for a popular magazine in New York City. She has everything she could ever want — a loving family, friens, and the man of her dreams. But when several unforeseen events threaten to upend her world, a friend comes to the rescue, offering Kate respite to mend her broken heart in the ancient, magical paradise that is Hanalei, Kauai.

On the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, she ends up finding more than she bargained for — new life, new love, and synchronicities sent from the beyond.

“Lady in the Window” is the WINNER of the 2017 Best Book Award (American Book Fest) in the “Fiction: Romance Category.”

Purchase Lady In The Window at: https://ladyinthewindow.com or   https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-in-the-window-maryann-ridini-spencer/1124717101?ean=9781590794074

Contact Maryann Ridini Spencer at https://ladyinthewindow.com or https://maryannridinispencer.com/ and

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit:  https://bunnyvreeland.org/  https://vreelandcollege.org/  https://drbunny.wordpress.com

Ask Dr. Bunny. Actor, Singer, and Entrepreneur? Thaddeus Pearson, guest.

Thaddeus Pearson, joins Dr. Bunny in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss singing, acting and being an entrepreneur in New York City.  Thaddeus has been a singer since early childhood and found his passion with blending singing and acting.  Listen in as he tells us about an exciting new project he’s working on – one that sparked his fascination of learning about other cultures, learning to speak Spanish & even dancing Flamenco!

Thaddeus is an entrepreneur as well, and tells us how a photo booth business (SleekBoothNYC) that he shares with his girlfriend, Ashley, adds another fun dimension to his life!

A wonderful interview with a very talented man!

About SleekBoothNYC:

We’re Ashley and Thaddeus. We are SleekBoothNYC.

We have 15 years experience collectively working high-end events, such as premieres, product launches, holiday parties, and beautiful weddings.

Ashley came up with the idea to create a photo booth company when she was planning an event for her niece’s birthday and needed a fun activity for the party. Combining Thaddeus’ technical skills with Ashley’s passion for event planning and photography, SleekBoothNYC was born.

We aim to make SleekBoothNYC the premier modern photo booth rental company by providing the best customer service, the latest and greatest in photo booth technology, and of course, the sleekest photo booth on the market. We look forward to helping make your photo booth dreams become a reality.

Image is Everything

sleek, powder-white, metal frame, cutting-edge photography technology, and an open-air concept creates an elegant photobooth, and produces stunning picture quality.

Experience is Everything

The SleekboothNYC experience is custom-tailored to the needs of your event. This includes entertaining props, vivid backdrops,  personalized photo layouts, and a private online photo gallery with every picture taken.  Guests can use our social media kiosk to post their photos straight to their favorite social media platforms instantly.

Service is Everything

Unparalleled customer service is our standard at SleekBoothNYC.  Attention to detail,  reliable communication, and collaboration with you  guarantee we will exceed your expectations.

Contact Thaddeus Pearson by e-mail at: thaddeuspearson@gmail.com

Find Thaddeus Pearson on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/phaddeust?lang=en and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thaddeus.pearson.73?ref=br_rs

Also visit: https://sleekboothnyc.com

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit:  https://bunnyvreeland.org/  https://vreelandcollege.org/  https://drbunny.wordpress.com

Ask Dr. Bunny. Turning a horrible experience into a positive? Teresa Crocker, guest.

Teresa Crocker, recent graduate of Basic Hypnotherapy at Vreeland College of the Healing Arts, joins Dr. Bunny Vreeland to discuss turning a horrible life experience into a positive way to help herself and help others.

Teresa shares her story about experiencing sexual abuse as a child, how she overcame addictive behavior, how she started sober living homes, and is now the chairman of the Sober Living Coalition in Ventura County.

Teresa’s journey has been nothing short of amazing and her drive to help others is a true inspiration.  This is an interview you don’t want to miss!

Mission Statement for Ruben’s Place and Serenity House:
Our common goal at Ruben’s Place is to replace incomprehensible demoralization with Integrity, shame with Dignity, worthlessness with Accountability and dishonor with self-respect by working a 12-step program WITH our residents. We believe one’s recovery from drugs and alcohol starts in the home and LIVED on a daily basis. The first step is admitting we are sick. The second is becoming willing to do what it takes to get better – BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK ALONE – We chose to segregate our homes because we believe the challenges of living with the opposite sex creates a diversion from what should be priority:  LEARNING TO LIVE SOBER & CLEAN.

About Serenity House and Ruben’s Place:

Founded in 2010 in Ventura, California, by local Realtor Teresa Crocker, Ruben’s Place is a male-only sober living house with a sister facility, Ventura Serenity House that accommodates women. Their mission is to provide safe, clean gender-specific homes or their clients. Using a 12-step approach, they teach residents how to remain clean and sober through thick and thin. By overcoming personal challenges, the men and women learn responsibility and become role models to the newcomers.

Accommodations and Amenities

The eight-bedroom Victorian-style house on Barnett Street accommodates 17 men and the five-bedroom house on Montgomery Street has space for 12 women. Residents live in double or triple-occupancy rooms. The women’s house has quadruple-occupancy rooms furnished with two sets of bunk beds, dressers, an entertainment center with a TV and a recliner. Besides a bed, each resident receives a dresser and personal shelves in the pantry and refrigerator.

Amenities include free laundry facilities, an outside work out room in both houses and utilities included with rent. Clients are responsible for their own groceries, and meals can be prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Both houses have fenced backyards, which provide ample privacy. Smoking is permitted in designated outside areas. Each residence has a live-in house manager on hand 24/7 to provide guidance and support.

Interested in reading the book that gave Teresa such inspiration?  Check out “Find Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle on Amazon!

Contact Teresa Crocker at (805) 415-7800 or E-mail: teresalcrocker@gmail.com

Find Ruben’s Place and Serenity House on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Rubens-PlaceVentura-Serenity-House-213404455348871/

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit:  https://bunnyvreeland.org/  https://vreelandcollege.org/  https://drbunny.wordpress.com

Ask Dr. Bunny. Resilience and persistence? Carol Leish, guest.

Carol Leish joins Dr. Bunny to discuss resilience and persistence, and how both have made a huge difference in her life. Carol has been overcoming the odds ever since she was ten months old, when a car accident left her with slurred speech, permanent hand tremors, and blindness in one eye.  Carol’s positive attitude and persistence to not only overcome challenges, but to live a full and rich life, is extremely inspiring.  This is an interview you don’t want to miss!

“My main goal,” Carol says, “is to eradicate the prejudice that people have about people with physical disabilities. I hope that education in this area will help people to be more comfortable working with the disabled, and all of us will be more productive.”

About Carol Leish:

 

Carol invites her audience to join her on her personal journey of coping with visual and speech challenges.

Carol enlightens people by focusing on the strengths that people with disabilities have and demonstrates that there is always a way to get around a situation by either improvising or accommodating to it. For example, because of visual challenges, she will take Amtrak to various places. She is an eloquent speaker who deals about a sensitive subject in a way that inspires and educates the listener.

Carol continues to gain recognition, and has received several awards for her community achievements in promoting mutual understanding and respect of others regardless of their differences.

Carol graduated from CSU, San Bernardino, with a 3.6 GPA, earning her Masters degree in Education and Counseling. She went on to teach at San Bernardino in City schools, and worked for a variety of non-profit organizations.

Carol realized the importance of educating adults and youth to become more accepting of others, and started her “Call Me Capable” in-service presentations, and developed the Call Me Capable™ Game. She inspires her audience with her humor and genuineness, and leaves them with an awareness that we are all more similar than different.

“Through the lessons of life, I have realized my goal to help others. Remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood.’ I have, and continue to learn lessons of how to educate others to make them more aware of what I can do–what they can do too. Thus remember to Call Me Capable, and Yourself More Capable.”

Carol continues to gain recognition, and has received several awards for her community achievements in promoting mutual understanding and respect of others regardless of their differences.

Contact Carol Leish by E-mail: Carol@CallMeCapable.net
Also visit: https://callmecapable.net

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit:  https://bunnyvreeland.org/  https://vreelandcollege.org/  https://drbunny.wordpress.com

Ask Dr. Bunny. Human Trafficking? Debbie Gohlke, guest

Debbie Gohlke, owner of A St. Affair Styling Salon in Oxnard, CA, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss being a female entrepreneur, the hair styling business, human trafficking and how she got involved with Soroptimist International over 20 years ago.

Debbie shares the story of how she learned about human trafficking, and what she is doing with local Soroptimist groups to help stop this horrible problem.

Tune in to learn more about the amazing work that the Soroptimists do to help women and girls, and how you can help!

Also, join Soroptimist International on Thursday, March 8, 2018 for a Community Walk and Speakers Forum in Ventura to further our fight against Human Trafficking & Sexual Slavery!

Presented by SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL of Oxnard, Ventura, Fillmore, Camarillo and The Conejo Valley

LOCATION:
Museum of Ventura County, 100 E Main St, Downtown Ventura

TIME:
5:00 PM Registration
5:30 PM Community Walk
6:30 PM Speakers Forum

SPEAKERS:
Dawn Schiller, Survivor/Advocate

Michael Munn, Ventura County DA Investigator II

Dr. Allison Santi-Richard, Emergency Medicine physician, Los Robles Hospital

Christan Perez, Client Services Program Manager, HEART Program (Helping to Educate, Address, and Respond to Trafficking), Interface Children & Family Services

Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of Human Trafficking. HELP us put an end to suffering through education, advocacy and involvement.

Sign up here:
https://www.stoptraffickingventuracounty.org/

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, andoptima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’

About Soroptimist:

Women and girls face additional obstacles and discrimination solely because of their gender. As an organization of business and professional women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams.

The goal of every club is to improve the quality of living for women and girls.

Soroptimist gives cash awards to outstanding female students to help with their continuing education and increase their self esteem by acknowledging their accomplishments. It begins with awards at the local level and then onto the regional, national and international levels. These projects are funded by the hundreds of local clubs. Our soroptimist mission is to improve the lives of women and girls while building and maintaining meaningful relationships with Soroptimist members.

Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization has local, regional, national and international programs. This organization’s signature program is “Live Your Dream.”

Find out more about Soroptimist International of Oxnard and working with other women who believe in the power of joining together to accomplish great things in support of women and girls: https://oxnardsoroptimist.org/

Contact Debbie Gohlke at (805) 486-1646
Also visit: A St. Affair Styling Salon at 410 South A St., Oxnard, CA 93030

Oxnard Soroptimist: https://oxnardsoroptimist.org/

Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery: https://www.stoptraffickingventuracounty.org

Contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at (805) 482-8111 or E-mail: Bunny@BunnyVreeland.com
Also visit:  https://bunnyvreeland.org/  https://vreelandcollege.org/  https://drbunny.wordpress.com

Dr. Bunny

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