author interviews, poetry

Inspirational Journeys Presents: A conversation about poetry with Garry Cox

I had a lovely conversation about poetry, which is one of my favorite forms of writing, with this week’s special guest. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Garry Cox!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

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WHO?

Garry Cox

WHEN?

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Garry Cox in his own words…

As an educator, poet and runner I am a lifer. I have the blessed opportunity to create new works and compete in my sport (Track & Field) in my upcoming 80th trip around our Sun.

I believe writing is precursor to thought, not the other way around. Poetry is an invitation to advance our thinking and deepen our feelings about the world we live in. It is a sharing of truths, your truth, my truth, the truth of our human experience. A good poem will celebrate these truths with a style and grace that exists in every tongue spoken on our planet.

To see more of my work including popular blog series What I Did on My Covid-19 Vacation, New Poets Wednesday and the Bernice and Garry series go to my website garrycox.com

Also see my fb page Garry Cox, Poet

Garry’s poetry books include: The Waters of Appanoose County Copyright 2016

Beyond The Waters Copyright 2019

Coffee with the Bard Copyright 2021

Description for Coffee with the Bard:

Coffee with the Bard was meant to be a poetic potboiler, featuring a combination of my most liked poems alongside my feelings and reactions to the events associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic

Purchase link:

AmazonSmile: Coffee with the Bard: 2020 Blues eBook : Cox, Garry : Books

Excerpt:

I Had a Life (most popular poem)

I had a life, I had a wife, we had each other almost to forever

I think she left me, but I’m not sure now

I may have left her, but I’m not sure how

I do know this much, there was always such love

that in my mind I cannot find a single saying of goodbye

 Connect with Garry at the following links:

Blog (garrycox.com)

https://www.facebook.com/garrycoxpoet

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As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Everyday Excellence with Joe Templin

This week, my special guest and I talk about how listeners and viewers can create their own everyday excellence, and we share a few laughs along the way.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Everyday Excellence with Joe Templin!

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I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Joe Templin

WHEN?

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Joe Templin…

Reformed physicist, financial planner, startup founder and autodidactic polymath best described as a Swiss Army Knife, Joe Templin has invested the past two and a half plus decades to helping others reach their financial potential as a planner, trainer, mentor and creator.  He has served as a member of NAIFA (the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) on the local, state, and national level, and including three terms on the NAIFA National Young Advisors Team (YAT) Subcommittee and was honored as one of the 2011 Four Under 40.  He is a graduate of the Leadership in Life Institute of NAIFA as well as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is an alum of Johns Hopkins University.

Joe earned his CFP as well as his CHARTERED ADVISOR OF PHILANTHROPY, CLU, and ChFC designations and has qualified numerous times for the Million Dollar Round Table.   He has been a business columnist for the Albany Times Union, Adviser Today Magazine, The Ballston Journal, and Insurance News Net.  Joe earned his Certified Executive Counsellor designation as well as his Master Executive Counsellor in 2021.

Joe served as the President of the Castle Alpha Tau Foundation for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and as the Chapter Advisor, and is currently a Board Member of The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region.  He has been a member of The Ancient Order of Hibernians for over 20 years, and is the Lieutenant of the Honor Guard.

Templin is the Managing Director of the Unique Minds Consulting Group, LLC, and is the author of “Every Day Excellence” and co-authored “Do You Want To Make MDRT, Or Not?” with Dr. John Stolk as well as “Choices: Creating a Financial Services Career”. 

Joe is a Co-Founder and President of The Intro Machine, Inc. an organization dedicated to teaching professionals in a variety of fields how to build an Introduction Based Business.  He has spoken all across the US and Canada on ethical business development.

In his free time, Joe enjoys running Ragnars (200 ish mile team relay races) ultramarathons and is a champion-level martial artist.  He lives in Ballston Spa, New York, with his hooligan boys Danny, Liam, and Colin.  They are huge Yankees fans.

Joe’s featured book is entitled: Every Day Excellence (A Daily Guide to Growing)

Description:

Life is a journey.  Every day can be viewed as a semi-independent event or contest, and using insight from others ranging from Marcus Aurelius to Nadia Comaneci to Dori from Finding Nemo, we can get a better handle on the world around us and some guidance on that journey.  Quote, discussion, then action item for the day translates the map from potential to doing daily and growth whether in business, relationships, personal or physical development.

Purchase link:

 www.everyday-excellence.com

Connect with Joe at the following links:

www.everyday-excellence.com

(Podcast listeners and YouTube viewers can get 10% off anything in Joe’s online shop by using promo code Inspirational Journeys at checkout

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Miriam Cobb discusses how the Empty Frames Initiative helps youth trasition out of the foster care system

This is the logo for the Empty Frames Initiative.

This week my special guest shares the inspiration behind and the process of putting together the first book in a series of stories featuring youth, foster parents, and social workers within the foster care system.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Miriam Cobb!

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I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

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WHO?

Miriam Cobb

WHEN?

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Miriam Cobb …

Miriam Cobb is founder and director of Empty Frames Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to empowering orphaned and vulnerable youth as they transition out

of state care.

Empty Frames Initiative is inspired and driven by the heart of the Father. We believe everyone is created with a purpose. EFI looks to empower orphaned

and vulnerable youth as they transition out of state care by providing training in life skills, counseling, community, and access to the Gospel. Within

this role, Miriam was excited to be a part of the creation of their curriculum titled, “Storytelling Through Photography”.

This program combines art therapy techniques, documentary photography, and storytelling concepts to encourage participants to share their stories from

their perspectives. The result of our first pilot session is The Story of Foster Care, Volume 1 that was made into a gallery and book.

Miriam’s featured book is entitled:

The Story of Foster Care

She cowrote this book with several contributing authors including: Angela Quijada Banks, Sarah Chambers, Carmelita Coleman, Danielle Dolinski-Sloan, Jason Hosonitz, Kelly Hosonitz, Desirea ‘DJ’ Jacobs, and Crystal Cobb.

Description:

An autobiographical collection of photos and stories that illustrate the daily experiences of those involved in foster care.

Told by three foster care alumni, two social workers, and two foster parents, this book gives an intimate glimpse at each author’s personal journey through

trials, obstacles, grief, forgiveness, joy, healing and love. Through the medium of photography and the written word, the authors created a visual narrative

to the complicated world of out-of-home care in the United States. Compiled and edited by Miriam Cobb and Crystal Cobb.

Purchase link:

Amazon:

Barnes and Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-story-of-foster-care-empty-framesinitiative/1137381036

Excerpt :

From Miriam and Crystal Cobb’s piece, Moving Forward

“Foster care is complicated. Foster care is complicated because people are involved. In the United States there are over 500,000 youth in care every day.

Youth who have individual stories and backgrounds that shape their beliefs, emotions, and physical needs. These stories intersect, merge, blend, and sometimes clash with

the life stories and backgrounds of others in their lives, from biological families to schoolmates and teachers to caseworkers and more.

It’s complicated.

We compiled the stories in this book to help bring some of these complicated issues out of theoretical concepts and into real life stories from those who

have experienced them. This book was written by seven individuals who experienced the joys and struggles associated with this system: three foster care

alumni, to social workers, and two foster parents.

So, while we encourage you to embrace these stories and draw from the experiences of our authors, we also encourage you to embrace the complicated. Embrace

the parts we couldn’t

express in one volume, or even a hundred. The circumstances in foster care will carry dramatically from case to case, and when you encounter someone who

has been involved with this care system, don’t assume to know the story. Instead, be ready to listen.

Every individual in these writings had different experiences and outcomes, but there were a few key takeaways from every group.

From our Alumni: Foster care was just a part of my story.

From our Social Workers: everyone can make a difference.

From our Foster Parents: We need more.

From Sarah Chambers’ piece, For the Storytellers:

“Who are you without your story? Paralyzing thought, isn’t it? To know who we are away from social constructs, job titles, relationships and traumas. We

fear there will be nothing left of us, so we cling to who the story says we are. The trouble though, our spirit withers if it stays here. Slowly we must

start living again at no names place, there is no right time. Draw a line in the dirt and step over it. That line asks us to reject the fiction that tells

us that the worst things that have happened to us will write the rest of our story. We start the work to integrate the traumatic experiences into a meaning

of moving forward. You start with a handful of nothing and ask yourself what will I need to bring with me on this life walk forward?”

Connect with Miriam at the following links:

www.fillingemptyframes.org

Instagram: Empty Frames Initiative https://www.instagram.com/emptyframesinitiative/

Facebook: Empty Frames Initiative https://www.facebook.com/EmptyFramesInitiative/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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poetry

Original Poetry: The Angel on My Christmas Tree

The angel on my Christmas tree

In silence watches over me,

And even though I cannot see,

I know she’s always there.

The Lord sent her to visit me

To perch atop my Christmas tree

She doesn’t say a word to me,

Yet I know she cares.

In the night, while your loved ones sleep

Does the angel in silence keep

Her watch atop your Christmas tree

To keep you safe from harm?

Or does the breath of angel’s wings

Kiss the air as her sweet voice sings

Of the gifts of joy and love she brings

As she cradles you in her arms.

Remember to celebrate the reason

For this Blessed Christmas season

The birth of Jesus our Lord and savior

And share this gift from up above

With the precious ones you love

On this Christmas day.

author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Power of Centering Prayer with Rich Lewis

This week, my special guest shares the history and the practice of centering prayer.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Rich Lewis!

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I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Rich Lewis

WHEN?

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Rich Lewis…

Rich Lewis is an author, speaker and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual community and offers one-on-one coaching. He publishes a weekly meditation, book reviews, and interviews on his site, Silence Teaches.

He has published articles for a number of organizations, including Contemplative Light, Abbey of the Arts, Contemplative Outreach, EerdWord, In Search of a New Eden, the Ordinary Mystic at Patheos, and the Contemplative Writer. ​

Rich has been a daily practitioner of centering prayer since June 1, 2014. Centering prayer has been so life-giving and life-changing that he feels compelled to share his journey with others who wish to learn more. Rich resides with his family in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Learn more about him at www.SilenceTeaches.com.

Rich’s featured book is entitled:

Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer 

Description: Premise

In 2013 I began to dabble in silent prayer. I had heard that silence can              transform you and wanted to experience this transformation too. Silence and silent prayer are counter-cultural. They are very challenging to cultivate because everything in our culture seems to point in another direction. Yet, surprisingly, in silence I have found profound transformation. And that is the motivation for writing this book. I want to share what I have discovered. 

The point of this book is to share my centering prayer journey with the reader. My hope is that my journey will help readers with their journeys. Centering prayer is not a sprint.  It is a series of marathons.  Centering prayer practiced daily, weekly, monthly, yearly will transform people, as it has me.  Centering prayer does not replace other forms of prayer.  It complements and deepens them.

Centering prayer has changed my life and mind. It has been too life-giving to keep to myself. I have to share it.

Purchase link: https://silenceteaches.com/about-the-books/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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Photo of Rich Lewis