Burn Bright Today Founder Jennifer Marcenelle is Today’s Honoree

When it comes to burnout, Jennifer has a simple philosophy: when you have energy problems you need energy solutions. A highly gifted and sought after energy medicine practitioner, Jennifer Marcenelle inspires deep gratitude and respect from her clients. A Board Certified Holistic Registered Nurse and Certified Gemstone and Diamond Therapy Practitioner, Jennifer introduced the merging of Gemstone and Diamond Therapy to the Holistic Nursing community, unlocking and expanding the practice holistic healthcare to facilitate health, happiness, and freedom with a primary focus on providing energy solutions that manifest practical, real-life results.

Nationally Syndicated on Transformation Talk Radio – Her own show, Burn Bright Today Radio, as well as her national media appearances, inspire tens of thousands of people every month. Jennifer Marcenelle was featured by CUTV News, Power Magazine, The Staying Young Show, Power Hour, Health First Radio, First Light, WCWZ Sunday Morning Easy, Word of Mom, New Living Magazine, Eden Magazine, Kimberly Fisher, Spa Insider, InnoVision, Influential Magazine, and Conscious Living, to name a few. As Founder and CEO of Burn Bright Today – the first energy medicine practice of its kind, Jennifer has the honor and privilege of serving her private clients locally, nationally and internationally. When she’s not in her studio, you can find her working with corporate teams or holding private retreats at various prestigious hotels around the world.

Visit https://burnbrighttoday.com/the-founder/ for more information.

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Author and Breast Cancer Survivor Princess Diane von Brainisfried is Today’s Honoree

There is nothing more terrifying to hear than those three words, “You have cancer.” The world seems to turn upside down and nothing makes sense anymore. Award-winning author and breast cancer survivor, Princess Diane von Brainisfried (aka Diane Young Uniman), knows how it feels – she’s been there. Her new book, Bonjour, Breast Cancer – I’m Still Smiling! is packed with practical advice, humor and encouragement – the perfect mix to find positivity in the face of challenges posed by breast cancer and its accompanying treatment.

Written with a deliciously humorous tone, this essential guide to beating the breast cancer blues combines von Brainisfried’s own experiences and insights with research-based positive psychology strategies. Along the way, she shares wisdom from Socrates, Cherokee legends and her own Jewish great-grandmother to help those facing cancer diagnoses reclaim their happiness mojo and move from fear and despair to positivity and optimism.

From her own breast cancer diagnosis to chemo, baldness, double mastectomy, radiation —and 3-D nipple tattoos — she holds nothing back, imparting refreshing honesty (that’s always dappled with humor) to encourage and empower others on their journeys. Bonjour, Breast Cancer — I’m Still Smiling! is the closest thing to having a hand to hold onto throughout any difficult experience.

Some of the secrets inside:

•    Create blessings out of bad news without needing a magic wand
•    Comfort family and others
•    Tame fear when it is acting like a monkey and going bananas
•    Find the pluses when they pop up

Regaining equilibrium and reclaiming happiness following a cancer diagnosis is not easy. It’s OK to wallow — for a moment. Bonjour, Breast Cancer — I’m Still Smiling! shares a king’s ransom of practical advice and wisdom to find positivity in the face of the challenges posed by breast cancer and everything that goes with it.

When author Princess Diane is not smashing champagne bottles over the bows of ships or blogging her brains out at her palace desk, she’s a motivational speaker and certified positive psychology life coach, the optimist expert for the Women’s Health Institute of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and was a facilitator at Miami’s World Happiness Summit. When the Princess is not wearing her tiara, she is known as Diane Young Uniman, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and criminal justice appeals attorney turned writer of screenplays and musicals. Her work has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Broadway’s Future series and was accepted into Fringe/NYC. She has won over 50 awards for her screenplays and musicals and an ASCAP award for writing. Diane is also an opera singer and an advanced student at the New York School of Practical Philosophy. Bonjour, Breast Cancer — I’m Still Smiling! is her first book.

To learn more, please visit www.princessdianevonbrainisfried.com

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Attorney and Author Darrell Dunham is Today’s Honoree

About the Book:

For Barnabas Mitchell, life had always been a struggle. From his father’s abandonment to his mother’s untimely death, Barnabas had lost his faith in God and in people. Determined to fulfill his potential, Barnabas continued on out of respect for his deceased mother, grinding through his days feeling unloved and unneeded.

Then Bill Cushman entered his life. Tall, good-looking, athletic, and from an influential family, Bill was accustomed to getting his way in life. Making use of people was natural to Bill and he immediately latched onto Barnabas, demanding his friendship and submission. Wherever Barnabas went, Bill would unexpectedly appear. No matter how hard he tried, Barnabas could not seem to shake Bill from his life.

As a lawyer, Barnabas quickly earned the respect of his peers. When the biggest case of his career pits him against Bill Cushman, Barnabas must figure out a way to save his clients from Bill’s underhanded attempts to steal their most prized asset.

The Yoke is a compelling journey of faith, love, forgiveness and redemption. It is a must-read for anyone searching for meaning, faith, and spiritual focus in their life.

About the Author:

Darrell Dunham was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Although he still considers himself to be a native Alaskan, after he started going to college in the “lower 48” when he was 18 years old, he never went back to Alaska except to visit. Darrell became a Christian in 1977, after he had graduated from law school and obtained an advanced degree in law from Harvard University Law School. He has remained steadfast in his faith since 1977. He taught at several law schools, retiring from Southern Illinois Law School in 2003. He has been actively practicing law from 2003 to the present. He has tried over 25 jury trials and many more bench trials in his legal career. Darrell has been married to his wife Elizabeth (“Betsy”) for 48 years. He has five children and eight grandchildren. Two of Darrell’s children are adopted, having been born in India. Darrell is the founder and President of Margham, Inc., a Christian missionary and benevolence organization that conducts several Christian-sponsored programs in Andhra Pradesh, India. Darrell has traveled to India yearly since 1998.

Visit https://www.amazon.com/Yoke-Darrell-Dunham/dp/1612445004 for more information.

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A Breeze Of Hope Founder Brisa De Angulo is Today’s Honoree

Brisa De Angulo is more than a survivor of circumstance. She is a warrior for change.

Brisa’s parents moved their family from the United States to Bolivia when she was a young girl. Both survivors of domestic violence, they worked hard to support their children and create a loving family environment. Brisa’s father worked tirelessly to become a surgeon and public health advocate and her mother was a health sciences educator. Together, they started a health clinic to provide services to a community ravaged by poverty. They published more than 40 books on human rights, early childhood development, social development, education, and much more.

Their passion for serving others was infused in Brisa. When she was seven years old, she began tutoring other children in her own backyard. At 14, she founded Comunidad Educative para La Vida (CEV), a school providing a safe alternative to traditional educational institutions where children are often beaten and severely punished by their teachers. Brisa was on the brink of making her dreams come to life by creating a better place for children in her community.

That all changed when her 26-year-old cousin came to live with her family.

He was a well-respected church and community leader, but Brisa was his prey. Soon after his arrival, he began to beat, rape and torture her. She was 15 years old.

Suffering tremendous pain and violence, Brisa struggled with bulimia and anorexia and attempted suicide twice. After eight long months of isolation, lies and torment, she came forward to tell her parents. Together, they reported her perpetrator to the Bolivian police, making Brisa one of the first victims to boldly report this type of crime. Little did they imagine that taking that step would cause even more agony.

The district attorney interrogated her relentlessly, threatening to imprison her if she sustained her allegations of rape and torture. She warned Brisa that silence was in her best interest and blamed her for the sexual abuse. The phrase “You’re a girl. We all go through it.” became normal conversation. She was ostracized from her community. Her house was set on fire twice and stoned. She was nearly kidnapped and survived several murder attempts. Her case was eventually sent to an agricultural and livestock court—the final attempt to completely dehumanize her.

But Brisa refused to be silent.

For her safety and their family’s safety, her parents found a place for her to stay in Montana with friends. As a result of the trauma, Brisa had dropped out of school in 8th grade, but the woman she lived with—who was also a trained social worker—helped her get her life back on track. She passed the GED and was accepted to Eastern University for her undergraduate studies. Brisa then went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree in experimental psychology from Towson University and finally, she received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School.

Brisa met her husband, Parker, at Eastern University on a volunteer humanitarian trip to Bolivia. A survivor of sexual and domestic violence himself, their connection was immediate. Together, they founded A Breeze of Hope to create a paradigm shift in the way society sees and interacts with children to prevent sexual violence and other forms of violence against children, especially girls.

In Bolivia, one in every three girls and one in every four boys have experienced sexual violence, and more than 80% of those victims were abused by a family member or family friend. A Breeze of Hope’s mission is to serve these voiceless children by preventing sexual violence, restoring the lives of survivors and promoting healthy childhood development. The organization supports the operation and growth of CEV, Brisa’s elementary school, as well as Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza (CUBE), the first and only center in Bolivia that specializes in the comprehensive legal, social, and psychological assistance of child and adolescent victims of sexual violence—all free of charge.

Critical support is also provided to non-offending, supportive family members of the children they serve. Parental well-being and restoration is key to helping children regain their voices and to find the inner courage to become powerful advocates to reshape their culture.

Since its founding in 2004, A Breeze of Hope has impacted the lives of more than 1,800 child survivors and their supportive family members. They have educated and trained over 120,000 people in sexual violence prevention and over 150,000 in Early Childhood Development.

A Breeze of Hope maintains a 95% conviction rate in criminal trials against child sex offenders—the highest conviction rate in the world.

Brisa’s perpetrator is still at large, but that won’t stop her from making the world a better and safer place for children. She has built a strong and powerful community of wounded healers—survivors that use their experience and pain to help other children heal.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/ABreezeofHope for more information.


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Author Bill Smoot is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Bill Smoot is a professor at UC Berkeley, a teacher at the San Quentin Prison Project, a professional photographer, and many other things. Bill’s debut novel, Love: A Story (Adelaide Books, August 15, 2019) is a  masterfully original examination of the choices that comprise a life. The book is a kind of philosophical musing on life and relationships, but also a compelling and intimate story about the relationship between two people—and the ups and downs therein—that’s wholly relatable and engrossing.

Love begins as Michael, a forty-year-old prep school teacher in Berkeley, is driving home from school and sees a baby stroller rolling down the street toward him. He slams on the brakes, jumps out of his car, and catches the stroller. The moment is symbolic: His wife is about to become pregnant and he wants to be a father more than anything in the world. The narrative moves back to meeting his wife four years earlier, when she is a young Singaporean-American, a nude model and a student in the chemistry Ph.D. program at Berkeley. They fall in love and marry. At the wedding, his friends are concerned about the age difference but agree that these two could “make this crazy thing work.” She struggles to heal her childhood wounds as an immigrant in America while he wishes to recreate the warmth of his small-town boyhood. The novel follows the development of their relationship and the decision each makes about whether to remain committed to a marriage that is less than perfect.

At every turn, the decisions the characters make are laden with possibilities either emerging or fading. With a deft hand, Smoot asks us to consider the nature of love, life, and storytelling.

About the Author:

Bill Smoot grew up in Maysville, Kentucky. His life as a writer began at age sixteen when, following an announcement at school that President Kennedy had been shot, he heard a classmate say, “I hope he dies.” In response he wrote an opinion piece for the school paper, and from that point he took up the pen as a kind of sword, trying to fight, in his modest way, for things humane and things true.

He received his BA from Purdue University where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Exponent. In his editorials and columns, he weighed in on the issues of the day. In response, the university president tried to fire him as editor and was forced to back down when the campus rose up in protest.

Mr. Smoot received his PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University and taught at Miami University in Ohio. He moved to California where he taught in private schools for four decades. His essays and short fiction have appeared in a number of publications, among them The Nation, Ohio Review, Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Orchid, Tupelo QuarterlyNarrative, and Salon.com. He is also the author of Conversations with Great Teachers, a book of interviews with great teachers from across the country, and has been a fine art photographer specializing in black and white. He currently teaches in the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning at UC-Berkeley and at the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison. Mr. Smoot lives in Berkeley with his dog, Artemis.

Visit http://adelaidebooks.org/authors.html for more information.


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Author David Tabatsky is Today’s Honoree

A diagnosis of cancer or chronic disease can be a jarring, life-changing event — and typically in a negative way. Everything comfortable and familiar comes to a screeching halt. Routines are upended. Resources are stretched thin. And perspectives can quickly turn bleak.

What if such a diagnosis could actually be inspirational? What if it meant a call to community outreach, or the mending of a difficult relationship, or rearranging priorities for the better? And what if those touched by cancer or chronic disease began to write about their experiences, openly expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings?

Every day, millions of people face traumatic changes to their health, and research indicates that expressive writing — dealing with one’s deepest thoughts and feelings — may contribute to improved physical and emotional health.

David Tabatsky, writer, speaker and performing artist, expands that premise in Write for Life: Communicating Your Way Through Cancer and Chronic Disease. Through writing prompts, games and innovative exercises, he aims to help readers explore self-expression, cope with fears and manage the challenges that cancer or any chronic disease can bring.

After the publication of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support, and Love, which Tabatsky co-authored in 2009, Write for Life was created as a companion book for the workshops he facilitated in cancer centers throughout the U.S., including MD Anderson (Houston), Duke Cancer Institute (North Carolina), and Rush University Cancer Center (Chicago), as well as for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Clubs, and the American Medical Students Association. Tabatsky continues to bring patients, their loved ones and those in the medical community the courage and strength to face life head-on through expressive writing and effective communication.

David Tabatsky received his BA in Communications and an MA in Theatre Education, both from Adelphi University. He is the coauthor of Rx for Hope: A Cancer Care Model to Optimize the Immune System (with Nick Chen, MD), Reimagining Women’s Cancers: The Celebrity Diagnosis Guide to Personalized Treatment and Prevention (with Dr. Mark Boguski and Dr. Michele Berman), among many others. Tabatsky lives in New York City.

For more information, please visit www.tabatsky.com and www.writeforlife.info.

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Author Dr. Anna Chao Pai is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Author Anna Chao Pai was four years old when her family came to America from China, forced to flee because of war. She tells how they moved almost once a year, experiencing discrimination against Asians during World Word II, and attended twelve different schools before starting college. While her father and her siblings adjusted, despite racism against Asians, Pai’s mother, unable to learn the language, never assimilated into American life.

From Manchurian Princess to the American Dream offers a look at modern Chinese history and culture. It provides insight into the impact of immigration on people who are ripped from their homes and find themselves beginning life in a foreign country where they must learn a new language and eventually lose all they left behind. Noting the courage it took for Pai’s parents to survive, this memoir is a testament to them and her family.

About The Author:

Anna Chao Pai was born in Beijing, China, and immigrated at age four to the United States with her family in 1940. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Sweet Briar College, a master’s degree in embryology from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. degree in genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Pai taught at Montclair State University in New Jersey for twenty-eight years and retired as Professor Emerita. She and her late husband, Dr. David Pai, have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Visit https://www.frommanchurianprincesstotheamericandream.com/ for more information. 

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