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Thou Art God

Who or what is your god? I talk about the different definitions of god, the evolution of my belief system and how I personally feel god is a part of all of us. I do not impose my beliefs on others, and this episode is not meant to answer any questions. In fact, you can view this show this as a question in itself. And toward the end of the episode, listen for how I received a kind-of "divine surprise!" Some things mentioned in this episode: The Pew Research Study: Americans' Belief in...


Practical Peace - Things I Learned from the Yosemite Peace Symposium

In this episode I discuss all the wonderful presentations I attended at the Yosemite Peace Symposium - practical ways we can take action to better our part of the world. I then lead listeners through a visualization/affirmation to heal the hatred, violence, and injustice that is prevalent in the United States at this time. This is an important week for us here in the U.S. Please exercise your right to vote. Mentioned in this episode: Olive Foundation- Assisting individuals working in the...



About memory and how it can hinder or help you have a peaceful life. Mentioned in this episode: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover Revisionist History podcast with Malcolm Gladwell __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. For more information and episodes visit the website:...


We Were Just Kids: "Fire Came Out"

In this episode I read a short story I wrote a couple of years ago called "Fire Came Out" about a scary memory from when I was just three years old. Are we responsible for what happens when we're kids? Should we just get over it? This is the first of a two-part episode about childhood, memories, and interpretation. __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google...


Find Your Friggin' Joy - with Belinda Farrell

Belinda Farrell has been an actress, elementary school teacher, TV news reporter, professional stunt car driver, hypnotherapist, healer, and almost a CIA agent! But tragedy struck when she lost her son and her entire life savings within the same year. Being as resilient as she is, Belinda sought a new life in an ancient Hawaiian healing practice called Huna. Listen to Belinda's story about her practice, how she heals others (and herself) and found her own path to a peaceful and friggin'...


Think Differently

One of the paths to living a peaceful life is the ability to mindfully control your own thoughts…and work to manage and eliminate those which are non-productive or harmful. In this episode we break down the different thoughts that we have on a daily basis–which work for us and which don’t, and finish with a practice mindful meditation to keep your attention on the present. Other episodes mentioned in this podcast: Go to Sleep Go to Sleep for Kids Release the Darts __________ The...


Peace and the Police - Part 2

A conversation with Sergeant Khyhisha Zebley, a law enforcement professional with twenty years of service in a large urban police force. We speak about her experience on the force, and how police departments all over the country are changing to address the problem of undue aggression. Information about Sergeant Zebley's new podcast can be found at


Peace and the Police - Part 1

A peace officer is any law enforcement official on a municipal, county, or state level. They are entrusted in keeping the public peace. But we've seen the opposite, lately, covered by the media. Horrific instances of police aggression--specifically against blacks. In this first episode of a two-part series, I speak with podcaster Rave X, about his personal experiences with the police, overall systemic racism, and law enforcement violence against people of color. Please come back next week,...


No is the new Yes

I found that I've been stressed lately - taking on too many commitments, work, and projects. I had to step back and fix it. In this episode I talk about how saying NO can lead to a more balanced and peaceful life. Mentioned in this episode: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations...


Yosemite is Open! Things to do in and around Yosemite National Park

In this episode, I talk about the wonderful things you can do in and around Yosemite National Park. The communities and businesses surrounding Yosemite have suffered this summer due to the Ferguson fire, but the fire is contained, and Yosemite National Park is OPEN once again. We're revitalizing the tourism by promoting our area with the #YosemiteNOW campaign. On and off the web. Some things mentioned in this episode: Sierra News Online - Our hyperlocal news source for information about...


That Time I Dated a Guy Who Loved Guns

I grew up in a family of pacifists. A pacifist is defined as someone who is in opposition to war or violence, and the root of the word is peace. We were never allowed even toy guns in our house growing up. So it might surprise you that I had a lovely relationship with a guy who loved guns. This is the story of that relationship and what I found out about this man and his hobby. __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life...


Making Peace with your Bullied Inner Child

Many of us have gone through some stage of bullying as a child – some more than others. I speak with fellow writer and podcaster Christopher Gronlund about how we were both bullied as kids, what we did to get through it, and how it affects us as adults. I then talk about how we can resolve our feelings from being bullied and take care of this inner child we carry around with us. For statistics and information, please visit: Pacer National Bullying Prevention...


The Importance of Community

Studies have shown that having a sense of community can actually increase your happiness level. I talk about finding your peeps - your community - both online and in real life. What does community mean to you? Email me at to tell me your story. __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen...


Inner and Outer Peace - with Susan Madden

I speak with Susan Madden, a woman dedicated to spreading inner and outer peace in our community, and in the world. Susan is a certified meditation instructor, labyrinth facilitator, founder of the non-profit Be The Power of One, and creator of the Yosemite Peace Symposium. The Yosemite Peace Symposium will take place October 26 & 27 near Yosemite National Park. For more information go to Our listeners get $10 off registration by entering discount code PCFL10. For the...


On Diana

Princess Diana fulfilled our expectations of being the perfect fairy tale hero. I talk about how she found her voice, revealed her flaws, and discovered ultimate peace in her own life. We can all learn the lessons of love and peace from this fantastic fable of a beautiful person. __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever...


Extreme Happiness Visualization

This visualization/relaxation will take you back to a time and place when you've experienced pure and total happiness, and guide you through storing that so you can recall the feeling at any time. Before you start, put yourself into a position where you are relaxed and comfortable, with no distractions. Please do not listen to this episode while driving a vehicle or operating dangerous machinery! It is designed to take you into a state of relaxation. __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast...


Communicating with Animals - with Karen Anderson

Haven't you always wondered what your pets are thinking? Why haven't we devised a system to communicate with animals, yet? I have an intriguing conversation with Karen Anderson, former law enforcement officer turned pet psychic, medium, and animal communicator! Listen to the fascinating tale of how she found her talent, how she communicates with animals, and what they have to say. Karen's Books: Hear All Creatures! The Journey of an Animal Communicator The Amazing Afterlife of Animals:...


Making Peace with Money

Money is the #1 stressor in both relationships and in life! In this episode, I cover the basic strategies that I used to get from bankruptcy to building a comfortable, rich life -- no matter what my income. Other related episodes: Episode 3: Simplifying your Life Episode 6: What People Think of You Episode 24: When is Perfect? Recommended book: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories,...


Podcasts I Love

Podcasts play a big role in my life and are a part of my daily entertainment and education. In a little diversion from my topic of peace, I discuss all the shows that I listen to, how I (simply) started my show, and how you, too, can podcast - if you want to. Podcasts mentioned in this show: The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio - Dragnet, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, Rocky Fortune Stuff You Should Know - Various topics / How Stuff Works Serial - One crime a season / This American...


A Family on the Road - with Ricky Shetty

Father's Day Peaceful Profile: Ricky Shetty is an entrepreneur, blogger, and life-long travel enthusiast. He and his wife did what many of us just dream about: picking up and living life on the road. Or in the air! Or on a bus! I talk with Ricky about his nomadic life with his wife and three children, his relationships, the challenges, and finding peace. For more information about Ricky Shetty, visit __________ The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories,...