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The History Of Christmas; Money, Toxic Family, Christmas Stress; First Holiday After Loss; Is Christmas A Pagan Holiday?

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/12.24.16/12.24.16Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: The History Of Christmas @ 0:00 Money, Toxic Family, Christmas Stress @ 9:46 First Holiday After Loss @ 21:50 Is Christmas A Pagan Holiday? @ 35:11 Brought to you by: Dignity Care Home Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers   The Joan Jerkovich Show News Radio 1150 KSAL with Live-streaming Saturdays @ 6am & Sundays @ 9pm CST Click HERE to send Joan your Life Coaching questions Join the conversation and post your respectful comments anonymously. We learn from each other!

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The Secret To Motivation, And The Yoga Lady Story

The Secret To Motivation, And The Yoga Lady Story

If you can find the magic formula for motivation, I will help you put it in to pill form and market it. Then, together, we can buy our vacation home on the beach and spend our days sifting sand and sipping tropical drinks that are colored blue, peach and yellow…with garnishes of strawberry and pineapple. I’ll even let you eat my garnishes! Motivation is elusive. Don’t believe me? Just ask the many people who’ve started diets and failed; or began that exercise program only to quit after a few weeks; or are still writing their first novel after 10 years. While I don’t proclaim to have all the answers to how to get and stay motivated, I have learned a few things through trial and error and from others. Those smart research-people-types, who teach this kind of thing, will tell you that it’s important to set goals. If you don’t set a goal, you don’t have a target to shoot for. I call it “having your eye on the prize”. Setting goals is a science unto itself. And to do it right and improve your chances for success, set S-M-A-R-T goals: S: Specific. Break the goals down in to what we like to talk of in Life Coaching circles as “baby steps”. Make a list of all the little steps you will take to get started. Keep them as clearly defined and precise in their descriptions as possible. The Yoga Lady Story I know of a lady who wanted to start doing Yoga, so she wrote down the process of getting started very specifically. I think she was overly specific, and maybe a little batty, but she found it helpful to write down that she would get started by simply getting out her yoga mat. She would lay it on

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Attend Which Wedding? (Joan vs. Dr. Laura)

Attend Which Wedding?  (Joan vs. Dr. Laura)

Just for fun, I’m going to pose a question I heard Dr. Laura Schlessinger answer on her radio talk show… The female caller told Dr. Laura that her question related to her two good girl friends. The two friends were not friends with each other, just the caller. The question posed to Dr. Laura was that each of the friends had daughters who were getting married, and the save-the-dates came out with the same wedding day. The caller wanted to know which wedding she should attend. Dr. Laura, in her usual brusque style, didn’t ask for more information, but quickly advised the caller to attend the wedding she first got invited to, and send a card and gift to the second. Dr. Laura treated this call, and caller, like this question was a “no-brainer”, “why even ask”, as the answer was so obvious. In the course of the conversation, the caller tried to mention how she might attend the church ceremony of the first and…(here’s where she got rudely interrupted, as is customary with Dr. Laura’s style)…and…it seemed she was about to say she could attend the reception of the second invite? But no! Dr. Laura’s advice was definitive. The caller should only attend the wedding of the first person she got the save-the-date from. End of story, hang up, on to the next caller. Which wedding should she attend? Joan’s advice… First, it would be good to have more information. At the very least, it would help to have heard the rest of the sentence (that Dr. Laura so rudely interrupted) where the caller seemed to be open to attending the church ceremony of the first and the reception of the second. In true Life Coaching form, the caller does know how she would like to handle these conflicting

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Life Lessons from Joan Rivers

Life Lessons from Joan Rivers

The news was shocking and tragic. Our beloved smile-maker, Joan Rivers, died all too young. Though 81 years old at the time of her passing, she was eternally young at heart. Like many others since, I have been following news stories about her life. I watched the PBS documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”, which gave me a glimpse into her life and her personal struggles. I watched the “Fashion Police” tribute on E! where her co-hosts Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos paid tribute. I felt much like Kelly and George, who broke down in tears and held hands for support. I admired Joan’s daughter Melissa’s strength as she spoke about her mother. Joan’s life ended abruptly, but not without her rising once again to immense popularity, in part with the show “Fashion Police”, but most importantly as the person who taught us so much about life. So what are the life lessons, gleaned from the life lived by Joan Rivers that we can all learn from? Risk Taking. Joan got her start by sticking her neck out in a man’s world where few women had ventured before her. She was a female comic playing with the big boys. Getting noticed on the Johnny Carson Show was her big break. When she left Carson to start her own show after 18 years of appearances and guest hosting, something several of the male Carson guest hosts had done before her, she was shunned by Carson for the rest of her life. As gleaned from the documentary, this hurt her both professionally and personally. Looking at this today, one has to question what relevance there was to Joan being treated differently than the men. Joan was a trailblazer for all women. I, for one, admire her for taking the

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Eeew! Embarrassing Text?

Eeew! Embarrassing Text?

I sent a text out to the wrong person and am dying of embarrassment. I sent the text to a man I work with who has the same first name as my husband. I didn’t realize until after the text was sent that it went to the wrong person. The text I sent was complaining to my husband about a vaginal itch I’d been suffering with, asking him to pick something up from the pharmacy on his way home from work. I am dying of embarrassment, and soon will be seeing this person face-to-face, but don’t know what to say. He didn’t respond to my text. I’m guessing he realizes it wasn’t meant for him. What shall I do? Ouch! I feel your pain! I have had a text go out to the wrong person on several occasions, but thankfully I wasn’t discussing my vagina with a co-worker! There are stories about these happenings all over the Internet. There are whole websites dedicated to smart phone autocorrect mess-ups, and texts like yours that got sent to the wrong person. Recently in the news, there was a story about a young college girl who texted a sexy post-coital picture, with a telling caption, to her boyfriend…but, the message ended up going to her Father. Cringe. One can only hope her Dad didn’t cut her out of her college fund account! Getting back to your itchy vagina…since he didn’t respond, I agree with you that he probably has no intention of addressing this, and neither should you. The next time you see him don’t even bring it up. Treat him like you always have. Do your best to put on a brave face and a smile and act like the text never happened. A non-response will always keep him guessing. Maybe he’ll

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Is This the New Etiquette? Readers, Clue Joan In!

Is This the New Etiquette? Readers, Clue Joan In!

It was something I’d never seen before. It was a group of about 10 diners, all in their 20’s, who had placed their cell phones in a heap in the middle of the table while out to eat together. They were a lively group, talking and laughing. And, I admit to eavesdropping because I heard one of the guys in the group tell, in graphic detail, about a sexual encounter he’d had. I was stunned! Also curious to me was that the girl sitting next to him didn’t flinch, where what I heard him say made me cringe!! At the end of their meal, the cell phones got passed out to the group. I seriously thought about taking their picture because it was quite a sight to see all of them, heads bowed over their phones for a good 5 minutes or so, returning texts, or on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube?? They were so quiet and into themselves and their phones it seemed unnatural in a social setting. Yet, I’m sure a lot had happened in their world in the hour they were away from their phones! Readers, clue me in! I’d like to hear your comments. Is collecting cell phones when out to dinner with friends the new etiquette? Has off-color talk in mixed company become the norm? Post your comments to clue me in and start a discussion! The Joan Jerkovich Show News Radio 1150 KSAL with Live-streaming Saturdays @ 6am CST Click HERE to send Joan your Life Coaching questions Join the conversation and post your respectful comments anonymously. We learn from each other!

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Excite-Up Your Life!

Excite-Up Your Life!

Explore what excites, exhilarates, and empowers you by tackling this list for “Discovering Your Passion”! ü     Get Curious! Explore, be curious, and create your bucket list of things you have to do or try in life before you get too tired to even care. ü     Dig deep! Explore a little deeper and do your research on those things that peak your interest.  If they still hold your interest, you’re ready for step #3… ü     Jump off the cliff! Take that leap of faith and give your new discovery a try.  What do you have to lose? ü     It’s never as good as the first time? Tried it, been there, done that? If the turn-on was fleeting and what you thought was going to continue to excite you turns in to “it’s never as good as the first time”, then it’s time to tackle the next step… ü     If the passion dries up, move on! …try something new…try something else…duh! ü     Throw it against the wall to see if it sticks! Finding your passion is like throwing the cooked spaghetti against the wall to see if it’s done.  When it’s done, when you’ve cooked your idea enough that it works for you, it sticks. ü     You’ll know it when you find it! Bottom line: You’re going to know it when you find it and if you’re lucky you’ll experience those moments of pure joy and bliss in the process!  Lucky you…I want me some o’ that! Take a mini fun-break and listen to the Podcast, “Discover Your Passion”!

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Short Man Syndrome?

Short Man Syndrome?

The manager I have to answer to at work is a short man and I often think he comes off too strong because he is a short man. Is there such a thing as “short man syndrome”? Yes there is and this has been a fun question to research because I’ve heard of “short man syndrome”, but didn’t know that it is also called the “Napoleon Complex”. Wikipedia reports that this slang term is characterized by overly aggressive or domineering social behavior that is related to a man being shorter than average. The “short man syndrome” label would not be one I would be proud to carry, as it is not complimentary, but is it based in truth? One research study suggested that this syndrome might be a myth. It found that, in actuality, short men were less likely to lose their temper than men of average height. Another study found evidence that men who were 5 feet 4 inches tall (or short) were 50% more likely to show signs of jealousy than men who were 6 feet 6 inches tall. The experiments showed that they were jealous because taller men attracted more women. In one species of fish that were studied, 78% of the fish fights (not fist fights) were started by the smaller fish. Not a good idea as 70% of the little fish who delivered the first bite, lost the conflict. I guess that means they got eaten by the bigger fish. What does a fish study have to do with humans and “short man syndrome”? Don’t ask me, ask Wikipedia. Maybe what this fish story is trying to tell us is to pick on people your own size!

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The History of Santa Claus

The History of Santa Claus

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland. St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death. The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, The History of New York. As his prominence grew, Sinter Klaas was described as everything from a “rascal” with a blue three-cornered hat, red waistcoat, and yellow stockings to a man wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a “huge pair of Flemish trunk hose.” Gift-giving, mainly centered around children, has been an important part of the Christmas celebration since the holiday’s rejuvenation in the early 19th century. Stores

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The Locals Make a Holiday Movie

The Locals Make a Holiday Movie

The list of movie credits reads like a who’s who of Salina and Lindsborg, Kansas. Perseverance, teamwork and collaboration is what making a movie is all about, but it all starts with the seeds of a good screenplay and the vision of the movie producers who set the wheels in motion. I am proud to be one of those producers. Written, directed, and produced by JT O’Neal, “Au Pair, Kansas” was filmed in Lindsborg and Salina for three weeks just before Christmas in December 2008. The movie has just secured a domestic distribution deal, which means, it is now available for purchase in the United States. Just in time for that last minute Christmas gift for your friends and family! Watch the trailer and see if you recognize any of the extras, (I’m in there!) and please Buy This Movie! Visit my Facebook Page for a full listing of the cast and crew. You’re sure to see the names of many local people and businesses. Give the post a “Share” to get the word out that “Au Pair, Kansas” is now available for purchase! Here are some of my favorite memories of the making of this sweet little Holiday film, and thanks for indulging this writer in her walk down memory lane! Traci Lords, our lead actress, will always be remembered by me as a person who is beautiful inside and out. Besides being talented and gracious to work with, I found her to be an intelligent, savvy businesswoman. On our second day of filming, Traci told me she thought I should take over as the Lead Producer. What a compliment, coming from a seasoned actress who had just finished a film with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, and years earlier was in a film with my all-time favorite, Johnny

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