Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday November 27th, 2013

Rob Lieberman

Rob Lieberman

Robert Lieberman, Award-winning Director

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Peter Samuelson

Peter Samuelson has been described as a “serial pro-social entrepreneur”. In 1982, inspired by a little boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, Peter conceived of the Starlight Children’s Foundation—an international charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children. Starlight has grown to offer eight core psycho-social programs, each restoring some of the laughter, happiness and self-esteem that serious illness takes away from kids and those who love them.

Peter Samuelson

Peter Samuelson

As parents and healthcare providers confirmed the positive psychological and often medical impact of Starlight programming, in 1995 Peter brought together leaders including Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf to create the Starbright World online network—the world’s very first fully-interactive, avatar-based online social network, educating and empowering children to cope with the medical, emotional and social challenges of their illness. In 2004, Starlight and Starbright World completed a formal merger and became the Starlight Children’s Foundation, with offices throughout Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, Japan and across the United States. Starlight has a combined operating budget of $55 million and serves over five million children annually.

In 1999, Peter Co-Founded First Star, a separate national 501(c)(3) charity headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to improve the public health, safety, and family life of America’s abused and neglected children. With Peter as President, First Star provides “top-down” systemic leadership to provide quality and compassionate care for children within the child welfare system, basic civil and legal rights for every child and safe, stable and permanent homes for all children. First Star operated High School Academies for Foster Youth on the campuses of UCLA, URI and GWU.

In 2005, Peter founded EDAR (Everyone Deserves A Roof) Inc. to develop and widely distribute a mobile single-user structure which in the daytime serves as a purpose-built recycling vehicle while at night time transforming into a comfortable tented bed enclosure. The cost is currently $500 per EDAR.

Peter is a graduate of Cambridge University with a Masters in English Literature and the fourth of five family generations employed in the film industry. After serving as production manager on films such as The Return of the Pink Panther, he emigrated from England to Los Angeles and produced Revenge of the Nerds, Tom & Viv, Wilde, Arlington Road and many other films. Peter also served on the Founding Board of Participant Media, Jeff Skoll’s pro-social media company and as the first Managing Director of the Media Institute for Social Change at the University of Southern California.
Peter Samuelson is President of ASPIRE, The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment, whose courses in pro-social media are offered for credit to undergraduates across the campus of UCLA from Q1 of 2014.
EDAR (Everyone Deserves A Roof) INC:

Steve Sunshine, Executive Producer with EXTRA!

Today on The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday November 26th, 2013

Sylvia Haskvitz

Sylvia Haskvitz

9:39am PT – Sylvia Haskvitz, Author of Eat By Choice Not By Habit

Enjoys supporting people on their journey to sustainable health. As a client recently stated: “Sylvia care about what goes into peoples’ mouths and what comes out of them.”

Author: Eat by Choice, Not by Habit: Practical Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your Body and Food
Co-writer of an e-guidebook to accompany Eat by Choice for both adults and children.

Writer: Currently part of the editorial staff where she writes a monthly column on nutrition for Natural Awakenings Tucson edition.

Workshop facilitator: Offers Eat by Choice, Not by Habit workshops and training worldwide as well as workshops on Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication.

Nutrition Consultant, educator and cooking class instructor: People enjoy her supermarket tours, healthful cooking classes, and in-home nutrition consultations. She works both in person and by phone coaching clients — supporting them to find their power to speak their truth and transform their self-judgments into messages of feelings and needs leading to self-connection.

She was instrumental in creating and providing the nutrition component of the Fairview Hospital (Minneapolis) in patient eating disorders program.

Sylvia led health screenings for businesses nationally with Cigna Onsite Health, now Summit Health. Offers health screenings for US Wellness, Healthy Achievers and Total Wellness. She especially enjoys providing health education.

Sylvia has offered Nonviolent Communication training to hundreds of businesses and organizations including Silicon Graphics, Bechtel Corporation, Head Start, Health Net and the City of Tucson. She has presented Nonviolent Communication skills at many conferences including the Navaho Nation Division of Social Services Annual Conference, National Conference on Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and Peacemaking: The Power of Nonviolence with the Dalai Lama.

Sylvia’s essay, Enemy Images was published in the book, Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves. She has directed and produced a weekly radio program (Call in a Conflict) and hosted a television show, (People Skills) both of which were based on her training in Nonviolent Communication.

She lives in Tucson, AZ with her partner, Tim Lewis and therapy dog, Rico.


Kate Northrup

Kate Northrup

11:39am PT – Kate Northrup, Financial Expert and Author of Money: A Love Story, Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create The Life You Really Want

Kate Northrup created financial freedom for herself at the age of 28 through building a team of more than 1,000 wellness entrepreneurs in the network marketing industry. Her philosophy is that if you free yourself financially you can be fully present to your purpose on the planet. She is also the author of Money: A Love Story, Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create The Life You Really Want (Hay House, 2013). Kate and her work have been featured on The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, The Huffington Post,, and in Glamour, Red,, Prima Magazine, Soul & Spirit, and more. She continues to mentor entrepreneurs in creating financial freedom. Find out more and take her free quiz to find out what your relationship with money says about you at


HuffPost: Paying It Forward…

I have been incredibly blessed for almost five years, ever since I stumbled onto the stage with crazy hair, a white dress, black tights and thinking I was the height of sophistication.

The opportunities afforded to me since 2009 have been mind blowing. I’ve been lucky enough to tick many boxes off my bucket list, travel the world, meet my heroes and sing in places that were beyond even my wildest dreams. I could never have imagined that I would be releasing my fifth album ‘Home For Christmas’ in four years.

I have always said that I’m so grateful to Simon Cowell and his wonderful record label Syco Music that they afforded me this chance and that if I got the chance to give someone a helping hand along the way I would grasp the moment with both hands and pay it forward.

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HuffPost: 10 Characteristics of Good Problem Solvers

Good problem solvers are good thinkers. They have less drama and problems to begin with and don’t get overly emotional when faced with a problem. They usually see problems as challenges and life experiences and try to stand above them, objectively.

Good problem solvers use a combination of intuition and logic to come up with their solutions. Intuition has more to do with the emotional and instinctive side of us and logic is more related to our cognition and thinking. Good problem solvers use both of these forces to get as much information as they can to come up with the best possible solution. In addition, they are reasonably open minded but logically skeptical.

Some of the general characteristics of good problem solvers are:

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Takepart: Tell Congress to Pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act

Genetically Modified CropsEvery American has a right to know what’s in our food — including if it contains genetically engineered ingredients.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has introduced S. 809, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, a bill that would do what more than 90 percent of Americans want: require foods with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.

Let Congress know today that you want them to support this critical legislation.

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The Sacramento Bee: Genetically Modified Foods Proposed as Trigger for Gluten Sensitivity

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, Nov. 25, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) released a report today proposing a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and gluten-related disorders. In today’s report, a team of experts suggests that GM foods may be an important environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity, which is estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans.

Citing U.S. Dept. of Agriculture data, Environmental Protection Act records, medical journal reviews, and international research, the authors relate genetically modified foods to five conditions that may either trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including the serious autoimmune disorder, Celiac Disease:

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CBS News: CDC: Two million more kids diagnosed with ADHD since 2004

ADHD rates are on the rise among U.S. children.

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals an additional two million kids have attention attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared to stats collected nearly a decade earlier.

One million more kids are also taking medications to treat their ADHD, according to the new data collected from 2011-2012.

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ABC News: ‘Catching Fire’ Star Josh Hutcherson Fulfills Make-A-Wish Dream

ABC News’ Anna Wild reports:

Running, gymnastics and karate were just some of the activities that filled the life of Caitlin Stewart of Albuquerque, N.M.

That changed when, at the age of 12, Caitlin began to feel pains in her right knee.

The pains turned into a shocking diagnosis for the young girl, osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.

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