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My Interviews with Stacey Joiner on Water Signs and the Writing Process

Just thought I’d post these videos to my blog, which represent one of my earliest forays into using this medium to promote Water Signs. My dear friend Stacey Joiner, certified Yoga instructor, massage therapist, and author of an excellent self-help book entitled, You Deserve The Royal Treatment: A Women’s Guide To Living Royally, interviewed me about my novel and the writing process. At the time, we were both figuring out new and creative ways to market our products, the use of video being just one of them.

Hopefully I’ve improved since the early days, having had much practice in the 19 months following these two appearances, during which I’ve interviewed fellow patriots at grassroots protests, co-hosted Blog Talk Radio programs, appeared as a guest on countless internet radio shows and eventually started my own internet TV broadcast on WAFS called The Liberty Belle Hour (appearing on BTR, beginning on August 5).

And now that I have a Flip of my own, I’ll be adding more video soon.

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The Liberty Belle Hour Moves to Blog Talk Radio

Due to the closing of the WAFS-TV studio in Lake Worth, I’ve decided to move The Liberty Belle Hour to Blog Talk Radio, where it will air every Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Remaining true to the original format, each week I will interview guests from a variety of fields including authors, political commentators, candidates, singers, small business owners and medical professionals. As my show page states:

Join conservative writer, blogger, activist and author of the book Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, Daria DiGiovanni, for a high-energy hour of passionate debate, insightful analysis and fascinating conversation on everything from pop culture to politics. Every Thursday night at 6 p.m., Daria will apply her unique blend of humor, intelligence and eloquence to the relevant topics of the day, as well as feature exciting and interesting guests from a variety of backgrounds including small business owners, singers, health professionals and authors. Freedom rings every Thursday night at 6 p.m. on Blog Talk Radio with The Liberty Belle Hour.

Maybe we’ll even devote an episode or two to the writing process and the themes I’ve discussed here on the blog pertaining to Water Signs. It has always been a bit frustrating not to have the opportunity to really expound on some of the deeper meanings of the book (though I am grateful to all those who’ve given me a forum to discuss my work) on the air. This will give me the chance to finally do that.

One thing that is changing: although I do have a webcam, for the time being, the BTR version of Liberty Belle will be strictly audio. Perhaps as time goes on I will reconsider; for now, since I will also have to manage the switchboard, I think I’d better get used to multi-tasking first! 😉

Please join me for my inaugural broadcast on Thursday, August 5 at 6 p.m.

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Sunday Inspiration

“Seize the day. Pray for grace from God’s hand, then nothing will stand in your way.”

I discovered this wonderful song thanks to my friend Sabrina, who included it as part of a collection of inspirational music she’d burned onto CDs for Christmas gifts last year. Just like daily prayer time, listening to motivating music helps keep me focused, strong and firm in my beliefs, and in the accomplishment of my dreams.  No matter what may be going on around me, especially things I cannot control, I do know I am fulfilling God’s purpose for me by using the gifts He’s given me — the ability to write, speak and communicate effectively.

Writing professionally has been the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do from the time I was old enough to tell everyone around me, but it’s also one of those “impractical” career choices — much like acting or singing — that through which few find meaningful success. No, it wasn’t my parents who warned me about that; quite the opposite. They encouraged my dreams, particularly with every A+ essay, book report or teacher conference in which my budding skills were highly praised. And when it was time to go to high school, I was assigned to Advanced Placement (AP) English classes, where my love for reading and writing was expertly guided along by some fabulous teachers, including Mrs. Fenning (RIP).

Truth be told, I was the one who killed my dream before even giving it a chance to materialize. Instead of listening to my own God-given guidance and heeding the encouragement of family, I decided it would be just too hard to make a go of it as an aspiring journalist, opinion writer and novelist. But even while I spent many years working hard and trying to adjust to various corporate positions with varying degrees of compatibility to my skills set, I kept up with my handwritten journals. And especially during the “Ken” and early-Florida-years phase, I wrote copiously in lovely, hard-cover books with floral designs, which ended up being an invaluable resource when I finally sat down to write Water Signs some 14 years later.

Writing is also therapy, and I am convinced that — along with everything else I did — including the successful session I eventually took with the “remote viewer”, it played a significant role in ridding me of panic and anxiety disorder forever. Unsurprisingly, as I look back on that experience, I can also see how suppressing my real career goals and rejecting my life’s purpose also contributed to the emotional disorder, along with the deep-seated matters of the heart. (I will devote a post soon exclusively to panic and anxiety disorder, in the hope it will be helpful to others who may struggling with this formidable problem).

When the phenomenon known as the internet came along, and with it blogs, print-on-demand and social media in the 2.0 phase, I saw that as my opportunity to finally go for it, professionally speaking. This amazing technology has made it possible to showcase my work to an unlimited audience, network with people all around the world, connect with like-minded individuals, and via sites like You Tube, enhance every entry with an appropriate song or video.

At last, I achieved my childhood dream of writing a novel, and was able to publishing without having to grovel to a literary agent, or cope with one rejection letter after another. I could write exactly what I wanted, and present my work directly to my audience — no dream-killing gatekeeper required.

I was even able to expand into other areas previously not thought of, such as talk radio hosting, which has enhanced my political activism, commentary, blogging and novel-writing.

Speaking of which, here’s the link to last night’s Conservative Republican ForumThe Liberty Belle Hour is currently on hiatus while I search for a new home.

Have a great Sunday and seize the day!

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Dancing In The Sky Fundraiser for US Soldiers

In this photo: My friend Steve Monell expresses his gratitude at a Tea Party gathering in Fort Lauderdale.

Last week, I interviewed Neal Bellinger of Shopping For Soldiers Needs on The Liberty Belle Hour. This worthy organization does so much to support our men and women in uniform, including sending gift baskets and other essential items overseas. Please visit their website to learn more, and if you live in South Florida, consider attending their second annual Dancing In The Sky fundraiser, to be held at the Radisson Bridge Hotel in Boca Raton.

Your donation of $25 includes stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, chefs tables, hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing, raffles and other prizes. To help keep costs down, there will be a cash bar. Money raised from this particular event will be used to purchase brand-name products to be placed into gift baskets which will be shipped out for the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukah Season. For more information, click here.

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Conservative, Independent Film Maker Jack Marino Joins Liberty Belle Hour on Thursday, June 17

I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Jack Marino on Facebook about 18 months ago, soon after he’d appeared as the guest of Nick Polyzos and Kender MacGowen on Young Gun Conservative talk radio. A true patriot and gentleman, one of Jack’s passions is the United States Military, the defenders of the freedoms we hold dear. In particular, he felt a debt of gratitude and obligation to ones who’d served in Vietnam, those “forgotten heroes” who were largely spat upon and repugnantly derided in American society as “baby killers” (quite ironically, I might add, by many Baby Boomers who don’t have the slightest qualms about abortion, nor a clue as to what actually transpired in Vietnam).

Jack set out to create a film in the tradition of John Wayne’s The Green Berets, which attempted to counteract the discontent and hostility at home over the USA’s involvement in the  Vietnam War with an unapologetically anti-communist, pro-American message, reflective of Wayne’s support for our troops and our efforts in southeast Asia. Alas, with the subsequent hippie-flower-power takeover of the centers of influence in Hollywood, pro-American, pro-US Military films quickly became the stuff of nostalgia as the box offices began furiously churning out one lefty, anti-war film after another.

From Coming Home to Born on the Fourth of July to Full Metal Jacket and Platoon, Hollywood continually sent a clear message to American movie-goers: if you’re looking for uplifting stories about military heroism and praise for your country’s willingness to send their strongest and bravest to the most hostile places in the world to protect and defend freedom,  find something else to do on your weekend.  Unlike popcorn, patriotism at the theater was in short supply.

Enter Jack Marino, who’d seen and heard enough. Raised with a strong belief in God, country and family, Marino invested countless hours and hard-earned treasure into producing a film that not only celebrates our men and women in uniform, but also the diversity of a country populated by people of various races, ethnicities and colors — all bound by a common love of freedom.

In a review of the film for Smart Girl Nation last year, I wrote:

The result is an engaging drama that follows the mission of an eclectic squadron of Marines as they attempt to rescue a Russian General who has defected to the United States. Representing the ethnic and racial diversity of America, this group of heroes includes a blond-haired surfer boy from Venice Beach, a young Latino from Los Angeles, a wise-cracking Italian-American from Brooklyn, and a stocky cowboy from Oklahoma. In keeping with the film’s tagline, “it was a time that turned boys into men and men into heroes,” when we first meet our core characters, they appear to behave more like frat boys than American soldiers, playing drinking games and fantasizing about girls on the beach.

Recently, Michael Moriarity raved about Forgotten Heroes for the excellent website, Big Hollywood:

Yes, Jack Marino’s version of a Platoon is the entire American Rainbow Family.

It is a guerilla tribute to the greatness of American guerillas.

You won’t forget it, I assure you … and, after the most disturbing moment begins to sift through your consciousness, you will begin to see the film as a measure of not only American courage but her divine irresistibility.

You won’t regret having taken the time.

Forgotten Heroes is actually unforgettable.

To purchase a DVD copy of Marino’s wonderful film, please visit the Forgotten Heroes website. And tune in to WAFS this Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Jack and I will take your calls at (561) 228-4020, and welcome you to join the live chat.

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Carl Domino, Candidate for Florida State Senate Joins Liberty Belle Hour This Week

I am pleased to welcome Carl Domino to The Liberty Belle Hour this week. Domino, a native Floridian and candidate for State Senate in District 25, is an American success story, rising from humble beginnings to achieve success in both the military as a US Navy Commander, and in the private sector as an accomplished businessman.

I’ll sit down with Carl to discuss all of the important issues of the day, including the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, the Israeli Flotilla raid, Islamic terrorism, economic policy and states’ rights.  As always, I welcome your calls at (561) 228-4020 and your presence in the live chatroom. Look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

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Author Brooke Musterman joins The Liberty Belle Hour this Thursday

Please tune in to The Liberty Belle Hour this Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m. Eastern when my guest will be fellow Parcbench contributor, writer and author of the new book, Reptiles on Caffeine, Brooke Musterman. I’ll chat with Brooke about her humorous chronicle of the foibles of human nature and the reptilian brain, based on her experiences as a barista in a cafe. An engaging read, Reptiles on Caffeine was one of those books I couldn’t put down and actually finished in one sitting.

There were moments when I laughed out loud, recognizing my own behaviors and those of others I’ve encountered while waiting in line for a hot cup of happiness — although I’m pretty sure the “cafe” that serves as the setting in the book is a far cry from the local Dunkin’ Donuts I frequent, thanks to my addiction to their unique blend. However, as I discovered, human nature is human nature whether expressing itself in an upscale coffee house, or a lower-priced, all-American franchise.

In addition to her book, I’ll also ask the conservative author for her take on current events, pop culture and politics. As always, I welcome your calls at (561) 228-4020 and your presence in the live chat room. See you Thursday!

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