Saturday, November 16, 2019

Everyone Has the Right to Be Understood

Dr. Thomas Caulfield kept a secret journal for two decades which documented the legendary journey of his deaf son, Christopher, and his family's valiant attempts at helping Christopher be the best he could be.

That secret journal was kept to present to his son as a gift when he was older. Dr. Caulfield never imagined that this journal would someday help others learn from their experiences and help face their challenges.

As you listen to this interview realize that this is not an ordinary story of the struggles parents face when faced with devastating news about their child. This family and specifically their son Christopher is changing the world for people who are deaf. Amazing story

Ephphatha is the legendary journey of Dr. Thomas Caulfield's Deaf son, Christopher.  




When they learned their son had so little residual hearing - the ability to sense

any sound—that even the best hearing aids in the world would have been ineffectual

for him, Dr. Caulfield and his wife were devastated. They began to lose all hope for

Christopher to learn to speak or hear even just a little. The school medical personnel,

however, proposed a solution.


“Are you familiar with cochlear implants?” they asked. They then explained all about


this revolutionary device that had helped hundreds of Deaf people to hear for the first



Ephphatha is a powerful word meaning "to be opened." Although some people were

less than helpful with Christopher's progress, the real heroes came into his life via

family, medicine, and education. With those special people helping him, his path

could 'be opened.'


As you read Ephphatha you might find yourself laughing and crying at the same time.

Sharing extremely intense emotions, this is a heartwarming chronicle of overcoming

obstacles, making sacrifices and keeping the faith that this was the path they were

meant to take.


"So as you read, please remember that for all this to have happened it required people, including me, to “be opened.” I might not have set any records being invited to birthday parties when I was growing up. And, yes, both kids and adults were unkind to me. However, my support came from those who did open up. In them, I learned an incredible life lesson. And that is, everyone has the right to be understood. I will remember that forever!" Christopher Caulfield



New York City Big Book Award® announces the


2019 Winners & Distinguished Favorites!


EPHPHATHA: Growing Up Profoundly Deaf and Not Dumb in the Hearing World: A Basketball Player’s Transformational Journey to the Ivy League by


Dr. Thomas M. Caulfield


Check out this episode!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Finding Your Way After Losing the Love of Your Life

She Rode a Harley

Mary Jane Black is an author and a literacy specialist for the State of Texas. Her debut memoir tells her inspiring story of finding love later in life, in the midst of abuse and pain.

“She Rode a Harley” details the kick-ass adventures of a woman whose second husband, a biker since he was 13, taught her how to save herself by believing in her own strength, power, and individuality. Mary Jane writes courageously, as though her time spent riding Harleys has transferred to the page, with smooth, gliding transitions and powerful, engine-revving scenes.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Don't Let Your Disability Define You

Katherine Appelo is an Italian-American poet, blogger, and songwriter.  Her passion is to help others make a positive impact by using their talents even when they may be physically suffering from chronic illness.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How To Live Life Like Animals Teach Us

Dr. Joanne Lefebvre is a veterinarian promoting intuitive medicine.  Dr. Joanne's first book, "Animal Teachings from Hayley's Angel's Methods" is a guide for better living for both animals and humans.  During her years of practice, she helped over 10,000 pets when it was their time to pass.  

She created a very successful in-home end of life care/euthanasia service and, sadly, became a prisoner of it.  The stress involved with watching so much anguish and suffering was overwhelming.  She fired herself and closed down the service.  She moved across the country to regain her balance and save her life -- the hardest challenge she ever faced.  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

How to Survive Your Greatest Challenge

Deborah (Deb) Brandon, PH.D., is a brain injury survivor.  She is also a professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellow University.  Deb has raised awareness of and improved understanding of brain injury. 

Deb is an award-winning author of two books:  But My Brain Had Other Ideas:  A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury and Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe."

Deb's sheer stubbornness and determination got her through one of the greatest challenges anyone has ever encountered.  In her interview, she shares her secrets on how to realize your gains instead of your losses through any adversity.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

How To Live Life Like a Dog

Maureen Scanlon
Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. She is a relationship expert, motivational speaker, and positive change integrator who has successfully helped people make positive changes to overcome past experiences and negative thinking.

Most people go through their daily routines oblivious to the beauty of life and others around them. They often do not realize the impact they have on the world -- and miss out on so much. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Living in a World of Sexual Secrets

Patricia Eagle was thirteen when the sexual relationship with her father - a relationship that began when she was four years old -- ended. Patricia's journey is one of courage and hope as she finds the strength to see what was unseeable - and finally speaks the unspeakable to help herself and others.

For Patricia, shame became too great a burden. Not speaking up added to that weight. Sexual abuse is so prevalent - so many abused children, so many perpetrators injured in some way that leads them to inflict injury - and all this in our big world of secrets. How can anyone get help when we don't talk about this? Patricia decided to step into that pool of courageous survivors who have told their story. She believes that continuing to stay silent would have killed her.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

How to Counter the Lies You Tell Yourself

Tina Yaeger is an author, podcast host, licensed counselor, life coach, and a speaker with a passion for encouragement.  

Tina teaches how to bust through common lies women believe and how to counter falsehoods.  A self-image makeover helps women identify the issues which handicap them and how to recognize and refute negative self-talk.  She will help you unlock the secrets to mental strength and to recognize common habits that can be toxic.

Tina is 'wired' as an encourager and is passionate about helping others who struggle with low self-worth.  As a young teenager, she felt unlovable which led to an eating disorder that lasted into her college years.  During her third year of college, still in the grip of the eating disorder, she was assaulted and has vivid memories of shuffling along the gutter, leading for death after this attack. 

In her interview she discusses:
  • the key ways to identify a lie
  • specific lies about femininity and significance
  • how to counter falsehoods