Channel 2 — December 8, 2023

The US is experiencing both a mental health and a climate crisis that are linked in many ways. Current approaches have failed to meaningfully address both crisis. Using extensive research, interviews with program leaders, and examples, Preventing and Healing Climate Traumas is describes how community-based, culturally tailored, population-level mental wellness and resilience-building initiatives are preventing and healing social, psychological, emotional, ands behavioral problems generated by the climate crisis and other adversities as local residents also engage in local solutions to the challenges they face. I coordinate the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), which is a network of organizations working to prevent and heal the mental health and psychosocial impacts generated by accelerating climate-related toxic stresses, emergencies, and disasters (website: Our National Steering Committee includes the American Psychiatric Association, American Public Health Association, National Association of Social Workers, The Prevention Institute, and many others national groups, as well as many state and community-based organizations. Through my work coordinating the ITRC for the past 10 years it became evident that our nation's current approach to mental health, which involves providing mental health services to individuals only after they experience mental health conditions, cannot address today's social, psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems (this is becoming very evident on a daily basis now). We also determined that our current approach to mental health has zero chance of preventing or healing the problems speeding our way due to the accelerating climate crisis. This led to a 2 year intensive research project into approaches that can prevent and heal widespread social, psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems generated by constant toxic stresses and acute traumas. I found that it is possible to prevent and heal mental health struggles by using a public health approach in communities--not individualized clinical treatment--by build population-level capacity for mental wellness and transformational resilience. Using extensive research, interviews with practitioners, and ample examples, in the book I describe what a public health approach to mental wellness and transformational resilience in communities involves, along with the four core focuses successful community-led initiatives tend to use. They actively engage residents in: a) building robust social support networks across economic, cultural, and geographic boundaries; b) making a "just transition" by regenerating local physical/built, economic, and ecological systems; c) learning how traumas and toxic stresses can affect their body, mind, emotions, and behaviors, as well as simple age and culturally tailored mental wellness and resilience skills; and d) participating in group and community-minded therapeutic processes that help residents heal their traumas. These actions build community cohesion and efficacy as residents also engage in local solutions to the climate emergency and other challenges. Individualized mental health services are included in some of the community-based initiatives, but they play a small supportive role and are reserved for people who cannot function or are at risk of harming themselves or others. I wrote the book for grassroots, civic, non-profit, private, and public sector leaders in the mental health, human services, disaster management, climate, faith, education, and other professionals, as well as members of the public concerned about these issues and elected officials. Given the heightened public awareness of our nation''s mental health and climate crisis, your audience might be very interested in hearing that it is possible to address the problems by using a public health approach in communities.

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John William Law speaking about “Who Nuked the Duke”

The book helped inspire a film that had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in October 2023 and closed the Palm Beach Film Festival that same month. The author appears in the film --- It's an epic tale that spans more than 30 years. As the Cold War took hold at that dawn of the 1950s the U.S. government began a program to perfect the atom bomb. The Nevada Test Site would be the prime location for testing atomic weapons on U.S. soil. A key to the program was to reduce impact to the public by having the radioactive nuclear fallout drift "downwind" into sparsely-inhabited areas of Utah. Who Nuked The Duke? looks at the program through the camera lens and filming of the 1954 RKO epic The Conqueror. The John Wayne feature, from producer Howard Hughes, would be filmed inside the infamous Snow Canyon, "a key resevoir" of nuclear fallout. As the years ticked by cast and crew would succumb, one by one, to a host of cancers. Director Dick Powell, co-star Pedro Armendariz, leading lady Susan Hayward, co-star Agnes Moorehead, and ultimately John Wayne himself. Along with countless other cast and crew, they represent a microcosm of what happened in the Utah community where the movie was filmed. Taking an objective look back at the government program, the scientific facts behind the testing and its impact on the community, as well as the lives of the Hollywood stars, Who Nuked The Duke? offers a rare look inside movie history and the Atomic Energy program. This award-winning book was first published in 2014 and has been updated in 2023. Who Nuked The Duke? was an inspiration for the film documentary Conqueor: Hollywood Fallout.

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Johanna Crawford speaking about “It Takes A Woman to Empower Women”

In her book, author Johanna Crawford shares her 12 years of extraordinary, hands-on experience in supporting women and provides the reader with a pragmatic and compassionate perspective on the steps needed to effectively go from surviving to thriving. Many authors deal with the emotional aspects of abuse, but few present a roadmap for women to regain their financial self-sufficiency to change their lives and those of their families. Through an interactive, collaborative approach, It Takes a Woman offers space and methods for readers to explore their dreams and define specific, actionable steps and goals to regain power over their lives.

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Gary L Ivey speaking about “Quest for a King”

“Quest for a King” begins before the inauguration of the first king, Saul, and continues through the rise of David. Subsequent books in the series will continue the narrative from the viewpoints of various people who may be prominent in the biblical narrative or fictional characters who represent the many thousands of unnamed, unheralded people who lived in this period. Though these stories are Sunday School favorites, this book is not “sanitized” for children. I portray life as it was: difficult and often brutal, but with people attuned to God’s Spirit and will. Through fictional characters I flesh out the emotion behind the cryptic biblical narrative. In Quest for a King, A catastrophic battle sets in motion events that birth Israel’s first monarchy, but the king’s fecklessness puts the fate of the nation in doubt. During the tenuous reign of Israel’s first king, the rise of a charismatic hero drives a wedge between brothers Jeriah and Azel. Can Israel’s fledgling monarchy survive attacks from without and rivals within? Whether royalty, prophets, priests or common shopkeepers, no one escapes the palace intrigue, divided loyalties, and tribal battles that characterized life 3,000 years ago. Can God’s vision be realized? The AGE OF THE KINGDOM series will be appreciated by men who want to revisit these stories, but women have important roles as well. I developed a love for these stories through 17 years of parochial school, a Theology degree and 15 years in Christian ministry, including six years as a church magazine editor in the southern US.

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Rocky Romanella speaking about “Tighten The Lug Nuts ”

Each and every day, we face choices.
It’s how we make those choices that determines the kind of leader we can be. In Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership, Rocky Romanella uses his over forty years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational management at UPS, and his CEO and Director roles, to explore the ways a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor, and visionary who uses a process approach to lead the organization and its people to new levels of success.

In an engaging, personal, and witty style, Rocky Romanella details how leaders must make their three major constituents equal priority by actively listening to their needs and building strong relationships. By following the steps Romanella lays out, you can truly learn the importance of Balanced Leadership.

Romanella believes the true measure of a great leader is someone who leaves things a little better than they found them. In Tighten the Lug Nuts, you’ll follow Joe Scafone as he demonstrates the importance of small acts of kindness, the power that comes with understanding your role, and the freedom that accepting responsibility affords. Learn how to tighten the lug nuts in your own life to keep from becoming overwhelmed and to take the steps to becoming a truly balanced and valuable leader.

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Nicholas Anderson speaking about “NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect ”

"Due to censorship restrictions, a veteran of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service tells a fictionalized version of his covert action experiences" Publishers Weekly

In my days there were five classified UK Eyes Only security clearance levels. The higher you went up the secrecy ladder, the less people knew about you... I held the highest security clearance level a British intelligence officer could reach. This book, the third in the NOC Trilogy covers my last five years in the field being in charge of the 'uncammo' (not in uniform) unit of the special forces, 2003-2007, which encompassed the Iraqi War and being in the field in Afghanistan, Somalia and The Yemen, among others.

For obvious reasons I must remain anonymous. I am a British citizen and a 20-year veteran of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).  I did three tours of duty, first serving in 1971-1983. I was recalled into active duty in 1992-1993 and 2003-2007, and volunteered for one more operation in 2008 after retirement.  Since that time I have been granted political asylum in France, where I now reside.

The first two books are:  “NOC - Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations and  NOC Twice: More UK Non-Official Cover Operations.

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Wendy Sand Eckel speaking about “Mystery at Windswept Farm”

In Wendy Sand Eckel’s much-anticipated third book in the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series, Rosalie’s hard-earned organic farm certification is threatened by a toxic neighbor who is about to crop dust his winter wheat. When their impulsive farm hand decides to confront him, she finds his lifeless body inside the door of his home on Windswept Farm. In the midst of the mayhem, Rosalie’s beloved Day Lily Café hosts a 5-day cooking school. Marco Giovanelli, a celebrated Italian chef, arrives in Cardigan and a sumptuous situation ensues. When one of the students falls ill with the same poison that killed the farmer, Rosalie and her best friend and head waiter, Glenn, take matters, and homemade pasta dough, into their own hands. With Mystery at Windswept Farm, Eckel once again brings the fictional town of Cardigan to life and delights with suspense, humor, and mouth-watering menus.

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Kendall E. Williams, PhD speaking about “Visions, Values, and Corporate Hypocrisy ”

Dr. Kendall E Williams argues that hypocrisy occurs when leaders fail to align their actions with company values, resulting in widespread disillusionment that taints the entire organization. He makes a bold and compelling case for authentic leadership as a legitimate and profitable business incentive, where values are ethically informed and pioneered by diligent leaders. Now more than ever, companies have a duty, and an incentive to reverse the “profits before people” paradigm, focusing instead on a “people first” approach. Visions, Values, and Corporate Hypocrisy calls for greater transparency, accountability, and integrity within the business discourse, starting with leaders whose actions ultimately shape the culture and success of organizations.

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NJ Lujan speaking about “The Atropos Maker III: Awakening”

What is more terrifying than a covert mission to North Korea? Try raising a 12-year-old girl. Elina struggles with the countless rules in her life, especially when they keep her from a mysterious new boy who arrives at her school. What is Alexander Veurr to do? As the leader of Atropos-one of the government’s most elite tactical teams-Alexander assigns retired agent Xavier to guard his budding daughter. With Xavier’s skills and agency resources, what could possibly go wrong? A lot, it turns out. Elina goes missing and Alexander is exiled from the agency. Two things become clear. One- Someone in the agency is as crooked as a dog’s hind legs. Two- Elina may be someone’s unwitting secret weapon.