On The Air

Many of you probably don’t know this but I was a cohost of a weekly talk show for three years on Omaha’s #1 talk station KKAR in the 1990’s called “Straight Talk”.

It was a call-in show hosted by Ty Schenzel and his beautiful and über-talented wife Terri (ok Ty , if you are out there you are über-talented as well of course!) and me – and we literally had the time of our lives!

We must have had fifty young people and adults on our creative teams (Straight Talk Brain Trust and Straight Talk Spinal Cord) and they came up with the most amazing ideas for our shows.

One of my roles beyond cohosting was often opening the show – we would have the count down from our amazing KKAR producer CJ, and then the “live on the air” light would come on and I welcomed everyone to the show.

It was always nerve racking because the countdown would begin and we were tweaking and strategizing right up to the time limit.

I think the most memorable thing about the show was touching such a wide audience – and just getting an idea of how many hurting people there are in our world. Being on a show like that can go to one’s head if not careful. But I’m thankful that instead, it made me more convicted that I want to be in the transformation business for the rest of my life regardless of my vocation. I want my life to make a difference in the lives of others.

I hope you can take a look around you today and see the needy people everywhere, and instead of thinking “how can these people serve me?” Think rather, “how can I help be a transformational agent in my world and help others become successful socially, physically, spiritually and economically?”

Are you ready to go out there today and make a difference in someone’s life? Even a kind smile has been known to re-route the courses of some of the most desperate and hopeless.

Get ready! Pretty soon you will walk out the door and have many opportunities!

“Three… Two… One, and …

We are Live, ladies and gentlemen!”


Pebble Time!

Hey there!

As advertised, I am formally announcing the ARRIVAL of my NEW BOOK – “Pebbles in the Pond – Wave II”… I am actually one of 20 plus co-authors. Each of us has contributed a chapter that tells a personal story of transformation from trial to triumph.


Here is the VIDEO PROMO of Pebbles in the Pond – Wave II

Pebbles in Pond Pic





Each of us is a pebble in the pond called planet earth. We feel so small, insignificant. But the truth is, one person can make a small ripple that can go to the ends of the earth. Pebbles in the pond is exactly that – men and women who are making a difference one person at a time.

This world is in need of hope, love, peace, togetherness, and mutual understanding. This book is really just another way of offering hope and encouragement to people.


Discover how you can turn your trials, temptations, tests into triumphs!

Timing is Everything

Comic genius Steve Martin explains the secret to comedy is “all about the… Time-t…ti-ming…. Timing!

I think success is very similar. I have tried to push through some projects and ideas only to hit a brick wall, resulting in complete failure, or frustration. But then there are other projects that seem to have a path cleared out before them. Even if there is a lot of work involved in following them through, there is a sense of “easy” to them.

Right now, one of the projects I am involved with is an adaptation of Charles Dickens classic tale “Oliver Twist”. This will be shown for a couple weeks run live on our stage at Rochester Assembly. I am re-writing it specifically for this production. Also our music director is writing new music for it. I am excited to see what we come up with!

We will be auitioning most of the parts. I have already chosen one actor to play one of the main characters. We will see who rises to the top this time around.

One of the reasons I opted for an original adaptation over a pre-existing version is because some of the characters and moments in the original Dickens novel are left out in many of the film and stage versions (including the Oscar winning film Oliver!). I want this version to be a touch darker and even deal with some of the more controversial material Dickens dealt with such as religious insensitivity, child abuse, the neglect of the poor, and basic love for the lower classes of society. But of course, true to Dickens form, there still needs to be plenty of humor and irony.

Will continue to update on this project!