Kristy Mickelsen Author and Advocate for Cancer Awareness

This episode is an interview with Kristy Mickelsen, a 43-year-old wife and mother, whose passions include her two autistic children, reading, and writing.

Kristy Mickelsen

Kristy is the author of the book, “A Christmas to Remember.”

Kristy wrote this book based on the real emotions her mother faced when her father passed away from Stage Four Renal Cell Carcinoma. Kristy’s goal with writing this book was not only to present a Christmas love story, but to bring forth cancer awareness about renal cell carcinoma as well as another form of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer.

A Christmas to Remember not only talks about what a cancer patient goes through but also the feelings that a spouse goes through after the loss of a loved one.

You can find Kristy’s website here KristyMickelsen.com. Kristy is also on Twitter @KristyBooks.

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Food, Exercise, and Their Impact on Wellness with Guest Lenora on Twitter Spaces

Billy Dees and Lenora Colarusso

Twitter Spaces is an audio medium allowing for a configuration of hosts, speakers, and listeners. This Space was hosted Thursday January 6, 2022, at 2:00pm EST.

If you are familiar with the app “Clubhouse,” you are likely to recognize Twitter Spaces which is very similar. Spotify, LinkedIn, and any number of other social media platforms are also exploring what is being termed as “social audio.”

Currently, the only way to take part in a Twitter Space is via the Twitter smartphone app. If you already have Twitter on your phone you can utilize Twitter Spaces.

Spaces is an audio only platform.

In my opinion, for podcasts and as a production tool, the guests sound a bit “phoned-in” on Spaces but otherwise is acceptable. I am not sure how much I will be using Spaces for podcast episodes, but it has potential as a break-through medium. Real-time and trending topics are built into the fabric of Twitter which gives the platform a head-start in the social audio spectrum.

Our guest for this episode was Lenora Colarusso, who has been on the podcast numerous times. The first part of the episode covers Lenora and her journey of recovery and well-being. It is followed by snippets from a Question-and-Answer period that followed on the Space. Guests take part from all over the world, which is one of the great things about the Twitter Spaces format.

Writing Humor with Lee Gaitan and Dave Jaffe

What happens when you get two accomplished humor writers together to talk about their methods? The result is a lively and informative discussion about the art of humor writing.

Lee Gaitan and Dave Jaffe are together sharing some of their writing strategies and trade secrets. Does all humor come from pain? How do you select topics? How do you create humor during troubled times?

Listen to this episode to find out!

Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write and Bella Grace. Her most recent release, “My Pineapples Went to Houston,” (2021) was just named a Maincrest Media Award winner.

Dave Jaffe is a humorist, writer, columnist, and a former Chicago reporter who has written for online media, print, television, and radio. His work has appeared in a wide range of outlets, from HumorOutcasts and HuffPost to National Public Radio and The National Lampoon. Dave’s book is, “Sleeping Between Giants: Life, If You Could Call It That, With A Terrier.”

Be sure to visit HumorOutcasts.com.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Deborah Fezelle Author of “Discretion”

On this podcast episode, we are talking to Deborah Fezelle who released her fourth installment of the Nick McDeare suspense book series, “Discretion.” The previous installments have been, “Full Circle,” “The Evil That Men Do” and “A Walking Shadow.”

During the interview, Deborah Fezelle talks about her early days, her love of the theater, and how being an actress influences her writing for the characters.

Deborah Fezelle

I very much enjoyed hearing about this side of the creative process.

Deborah also happens to be from my hometown which was pretty cool for me as an interviewer.

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“Tour Book” Author Rachel Pfennig Hales

Rachel Pfennig Hales

On this podcast episode we are talking with Rachel Pfennig Hales about her first full length publication “Tour Book,” which came out just this past April.

The book talks about what happens behind the scenes of your favorite concert tours. Every trick, costume or scene change, and the sound and lighting; require the preparation and skill of a dedicated support staff.

After it is done, it is time to move on to the next venue and do it again.

Tour Book

The book contains true stories from the rock and roll roadies who have helped create the world’s biggest concert tours.

Rachel Pfennig Hales has a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, a Master of Arts in English Studies from National University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.

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“50 Ways to Worry Less Now” with Gigi Langer

On this episode of the podcast we are talking with Gigi Langer, PhD who is the author of the book, “50 Ways to Worry Less Now” which presents practical spiritual, cognitive, and energy strategies; to gain peace, clarity, and wisdom, no matter what is going on in our lives.

During this interview and in her book, Gigi shares her personal journey of alcohol along with struggles with worry, negativity, perfectionism, and chronic pain.

Gigi Langer, PhD

The book is available online or for discounts and information about obtaining a signed copy visit GigiLanger.com/buy.

For Gigi’s blog, courses, and study groups, check out GigiLanger.com.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Lee Gaitan Author of “My Pineapples Went to Houston”

My Pineapples Went to Houston: Finding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry 

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Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write and Bella Grace.

Lee Gaitan

The story that resonates in My Pineapples Went to Houston, is Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss, or what she refers to as, “shock and awfulness.” Told with a batch of honesty and humor, My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers along with offering hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”

Be sure to visit HumorOutcasts.com. You can also find out more about Lee on her website LeeGaitan.com.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Author Dave Jaffe “Sleeping Between Giants”

Dave Jaffe

Our guest on this episode of the podcast is Dave Jaffe. During this interview Dave talks about his style of humor, his love of dogs, and offers up some writing tips for aspiring writers.

Dave Jaffe is a writer, columnist, former Chicago reporter, and humorist who has written for online media, print, television, and radio. Dave’s work has appeared in an assortment of outlets, including HumorOutcasts, HuffPost, National Public Radio, and The National Lampoon.

Billy Dees

During this discussion we also talk about Dave’s book, Sleeping between Giants, Book I: Budleigh, the Early Year. The book was the Indies Today 2019 Best Humor Book Award winner; a 2020 International Book Awards finalist in both the Humor and Animals/Pets categories; an Independent Author Network 2020 Book of the Year finalist in Humor/Comedy/Satire; and an American Book Fest 2020 Best Book Awards finalist for Humor.

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Smitha Gunturi Talks About Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery

Smitha Gunturi

This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

Smitha Gunturi is a women’s advocate who helps others get through the adverse effects of their lives. Being a single mom working in IT and the corporate world for the last 18 years, she hopes to provide insight and bring new light to conversations around other’s journeys with lessons she’s learned.

Smitha has started The Journey Podcast, guesting similar walks of life to her own, focusing on: child sexual abuse, domestic violence and haunted relationship, rape, child loss, suicidal thoughts & lone parenting. 

On this episode of the Billy Dees Podcast, Smitha shares some of her long journey of trauma and recovery. Her story is one of struggles, but also one of inspiration and success in life.

You can follow Smitha on Twitter @SmithaGunturi.

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Erika Port and her Advocacy for Survivors of Abuse

Erika Port

Our guest on this episode is Erika Port who is a businesswoman from the Cleveland area. She is also an advocate for abuse survivors especially in regard as to why many of them do not realize that they have been abused until years later. Erika is also somewhat unique in her study regarding this subject because she has also interviewed sex offenders since 2015. Erika has heard sex offenders share how they became sex offenders.

Erika also describes her journey as a survivor along with how her path to recovery began. She also details insights into the cycle of abuse, such as why the abused individuals will often stay in bad situations and what some red flags may be to signal that path.

Erika can be found numerous places online. She is @EgalityMatters on Twitter and erika.with.ak on TikTok. Her blog is Tomorrow’s Memoir.

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on nearly all of the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

For your convenience the episode is right here, just hit play. This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

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