FOLLOWING A GLOBAL TRAIN OF THOUGHT: A WRITER’S JOURNEY

Guest: David Benjamin, journalist, writer, author, publisher

Sitting down with David Benjamin is like going on a virtual global exploration of runaway thoughts that emerge from the depth and breadth of his life experiences. Benjamin has been writing for decades, and his essays, novels and other literary works offer a lively mix of intriguing reading.

As a writer in a wide range of venues, Benjamin has expanded to self-publishing his Last Kid Books series and is releasing his first three books this Spring. In the first book, Almost Killed by a Train of Thought, the journey of essays takes us from his native Wisconsin to Brooklyn, Paris, Tokyo and beyond with an originality that can be startling, provocative and entertaining.

On this program, David Benjamin, will give us a taste of the unique insights and his lifetime of stories that have ended up on the printed page.

David Benjamin will be appearing at two bookstores in Madison: Mystery to Me, 1863 Monroe St., 7 PM Friday, April 12, and West Towne Barnes & Noble, 2 PM, Saturday, April 13.

THE CANNABIS STORY, CBD OIL, AND WHAT IS LEGAL IN WISCONSIN

Guest:  Jeff Kundert, co-owner of Green RX Madison, president of the American Cannabis Society

Cannabis, Marijuana, Hemp, CBD, THC: Perhaps you are as confused as some of the rest of us in understanding what the difference is and what is actually legal.

On this program, Jeff Kundert, co-owner of Green RX Madison and president of the American Cannibis Society, defines the terms, shares some of the history of cannabis and describes how the Farm Bill played a major role in opening the way for CBD products to be legally marketed and sold to those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mild-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical products.

This program is an explanation of the claims and a recognition of the gaining momentum there is for CBD oil and other related products in the health and wellness world.

HOW TO STOP LIVING THE LIFE YOU DON’T WANT AND LIVING THE LIFE YOU DO

Guest:  Larry Cockerel, author, motivational speaker…

“Change your thinking, and you can change your future,” says Larry Cockerel, author of many books including his latest, Your Life Matters – How to Get out of the Life You Don’t Want and Live the Life You Do Want.

For many year, Larry Cockerel and adversity walked hand in hand. His life experiences included homelessness, addiction and cancer and all of the challenges inherent in those situations.

On this program, Larry Cockerel takes us back to his earlier days when he felt stuck, angry and afraid to face the future. He describes his cancer diagnosis as a “gift” in disguise which helped him recognize his strong drive to survive and opened his eyes to new beginnings. He shares how, when his thinking changed, so did his life. “Life is a series of choices,” says Cockerel. “How we choose to react or respond to life’s events can make all the difference.”

Today, Larry Cockerel uses his personal experience to positively influence the lives of others.

WHAT IT MEANS TO NEVER GIVE UP: A TRUE STORY…

Guest:  Susan Spahn, author

Billy Spahn was 12 years old when he dove off a pier into shallow water at the family’s cottage and broke his neck. He instantly became quadriplegic which was considered a life sentence for never walking again. But he never gave up hope nor did his family. Hope combined with perseverance, determination, pain, courage and lots of love and support brought Billy back on his feet. After several months, Billy walked out of the hospital and went on to become a successful businessman and live a full life.

On this program, Susan Spahn, who shares her brother’s story in her recently-released book, Never Give Up, is joined by her brother, Bill, who vividly recalls the day he dove off that pier and how that changed his life.

Sadly, I received the news that Bill Spahn passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. His death does not take away from the determination and persistence he demonstrated in the face of great adversity. Bill Spahn remains an inspiration for us all to never give up!

MANAGING TO AGE AT HOME

Guests:  Julia Houck, Chief Administrative Officer, Agrace; Tasha Robinson, Home Care Manager, Agrace’s Age at Home…

There is new enthusiasm for aging at home. But as grocery shopping, cooking, changing the sheets and other household chores become unmanageable, or if you worry about your safety getting in and out of the shower and moving about your home because of balance, vision or hearing problems, you begin to wonder if staying in the comfort of your home is the wisest choice.

On this program, Julia Houck and Tasha Robinson discuss Agrace’s decision to move beyond Hospice and Palliative Care to provide non-medical home care in Dane County for those needing help to be able to live independently at home. They will share guidelines on what help is available that makes aging at home a viable and positive option.