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February 19, 2021  

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Hello!

I hope everyone is safe and warm. It has been a rough week here in the Houston area! Three has been record cold, ( 11 degrees a couple of nights ago),  major power outages,  water outages,  and empty grocery store shelves. All of this is on top of Covid. Wow! My heart goes out to people walking out of prison into this mess because while freedom feels great, there is a reality here that can make getting restarted even tougher. 

My guest this week, Lois Hollis will help us to address some the emotions we feel while getting ourselves going again. Namely, we will be talking about guilt and shame. 

Lately, I've been turning down interview requests because I just haven't seen anything we haven't covered before. I can not recall however devoting an entire show to a discussion on how guilt and shame can adversely affect our progress as we reintegrate. Lois talks about the importance of eliminating shame and guilt and how to go about doing that.

Lois Hollis

Remember, if God is for you, who can be aginst you?

 

 

January 31, 2021  

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Hello Everyone!

I came across a really good article on overcoming adversity I wanted to share. Overcoming adversity is a topic this podcast will always put front and center. Ultimately,  that's what getting out of prison and successfully getting what cased that to happen in our rear view window. How do we get from prison and the action that resulted in prison turned into an experience we can use to propel us forward into a clean life we can be proud of?  That's what overcoming our adversity is. Hopefully there is something in this week's podcast that helps you on your journey to achieving that.

Click HERE  for the article.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

January 18, 2021  

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Hello and Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! I hope this year brings wonderful things to you! 

I wanted to spend some time talking about the National Institute of Corrections. The National Institute of Corrections is an arm of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I'm sure they do great work...except for issues of reintegration. Inconsistent data and kicking the can down the road are immediately apparent when it comes to this government agency caring about what happens to people when they leave prison. Their general philosophy, appears to me, to pass the buck to an issue of public policy instead of addressing reintegration in any meaningful way for prisoners on their way out. They give lip service, in my view, to the issue to avoid political incorrectness and to keep from appearing to have no empathy. They aren't getting it right and it doesn't appear to me that they really much care to. I point out some things I've noticed about these guys on this episode.

I also wanted to spend a little time talking a little bit about dealing with stress. I hope there is something in that discussion that you can use!

As always remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

November 30, 2020  

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Hey there!

My guest on this episode is Dr. Aimee Harris Newon. Dr Aimee is a board certified integrative psychologist, author, speaker, and success coach. We tapped Aimee's knowledge on PTSD, and addiction and suggestions on how to identify and get help with those issues. 

Dr. Aimee can be heard on her weekly radio show in Chicago on WCPT 820 AM. 

Join me for my discussion with Dr. Aimee Harris and look for that tid-bit of information that will help you as you you work toward reintegration.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

November 13, 2020  

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Hello everyone!

My guest this week has an interesting story about about overcoming devastating adversity. I've been doing this podcast for 10 years now and it always amazes me what some people go through in their lives! More than that, I continue to see over and over again how strong we human beings are. I like to feature these people and their stories from time to time because there is always at least a tidbit of knowledge we can identify in these struggles that can help us in our own journey.

Nipples To Kneecaps: To Die Or Not To Die With Cancer

My guest on this episode is Mandy Brown. Mandy tells her amazing story which includes her partner's diagnosis of cancer in which he was given three months to live. That was 10 years ago...... Check out what she's learned along the way and how her knowledge might be applied to the hurdles you face in your return home. 

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

October 2, 2020  

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Hi Everyone!

We are taking a short break. Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers will be back in November, 2020 with more interesting guests and discussions with ideas on how to make reintegration successful. 

See you soon! 

September 11, 2020  

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Hi There!

My guest on this episode is Lisa Kohn. Lisa has great a great story about getting past the unresolved childhood issues that have, unknowingly in many cases, resulted in harmful behaviors as adults. Lisa's story involves judges, drugs, sex, rock and roll, and the Moonies. How could you possibly not want to hear this? 

It's all detailed in her book To The Moon And Back A Childhood Under The Influence 

You'll hear in our discussion the issues that arose during a rather wild childhood and how Lisa overcame those issues to go to Cornell, graduate school at Columbia University, and to experience success in her life. It is my hope that you can find something in Lisa's story that will be useful to you in your journey.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

August 28, 2020  

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Hello!

I'm always looking for people to interview that have some ideas on overcoming adversity. I was lucky to come across this episode's guest through my friends at Radio Guest List

This week I interviewed  Michael Stawicki on a phone call from Poland Michael has 17 book titles to his name and and most of his books focus on techniques in overcoming adversity. Join for my chat with Michael.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

August 11, 2020  

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Hello there!

You ever have a night in which no matter what you do, you can't fall asleep? I do.  Occasionally I'll find myself ruminating about whatever issue has popped up (as issues do) and it keeps me from getting any sleep. We've all been there. Reintegrating into society is alone enough to cause the kind of anxiety that results in restless nights let alone all the other pressures of life. 

My guest today, Sondra Kornblatt, has a rather unique way of approaching these nights and I hope by listening to her you can find a way to get some rest on those nights when you're tossing and turning. One of the books she's written, Restful Insomnia, addresses this issue and and Sondra shared some of her techniques with us in our interview.

Check out my chat with Sondra Kornblatt on this episode.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

July 31, 2020  

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Hello !

My guest today, Rhonda Farrah, is said to have many years experience as an educational counselor and psychotherapist. Rhonda is now an empowerment coach that has the kind of perspective we seek when looking for help with our reintegration. She's a felon. Rhonda knows exactly what we're going through because she's been there. 

Join me for my chat with Rhonda as we discuss life after prison. I'm sure you'll find something you can use in your reintegration.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

July 26, 2020  

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Welcome!

My Guest this week is Bracha Goetz. Bracha is most known for the dozens of children's books she's written. I think there are 36 of them. However, we're going to be speaking to Bracha about addictions. She has written a book for adults called (click for Bracha's book) Looking For God In The Garbage. Bracha addresses beating a food addiction and and explains that the way she did it can be useful in addressing all sorts of addictions. This is where our path crosses with Bracha Goetz.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

June 27, 2020  

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Hello!

I hope your're coping with whatever strangeness has come your way because of our new....whatever this is. Transitioning from incarceration to the real world is challenging enough without this bizarre Covid 19 curve ball. Let's keep moving forward!

Sometimes, problems we experience can have their roots in our childhood. If we can find the trauma,  we can address it and work through it. My guest this week is retired psychiatrist Anne Redelfs. Anne has very important information for us to consider regarding past trauma and the way that trauma, when left unaddressed, can affect us in adulthood.

Join me for my conversation with Anne on this episode of the podcast.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

May 31, 2020  

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Welcome,

Despite this bizarre time, we still need to pay our bills and buy groceries. In fact, there are ex-offenders that were in the middle of a job search when this all began. So, I thought we could talk a little about job searches on this episode. 

Covid-19 and the riots don't stop our lives! We have to keep moving forward. 

I found a great site that has some very good job related information for ex-offenders. The site is called Career One Stop. The site is sponsored by the United States Department of Labor. 

On this episode I point out a few items that jumped out at me and i encourage you to look at the site and read through their excellent material. 

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

May 15, 2020  

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Hello!

I hope everyone is staying safe. My guest this week is gentleman by the name of Nelson Dacier. In Nelson's story we find a man who went from being an attorney to a convicted felon. Today, he's turned it all around and he is a counselor and an author. What we want to know is if there are any tidbits of his overcoming adversity we can use in our journey to overcome the adversities we face. Join me for my chat with Nelson Dacier. 

Google Nelson to learn more about him and find his book.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

April 20, 2020  

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Hello!

On this Episode, Robert Galinsky calls in from New York. Robert was on the show back in 2017 and it was certainly time to catch up.  Robert has a long list of achievements and accomplishments in theater, as an author, and is active in speaking out on justice related causes. The latter is where our paths cross. Robert has a lot of good information available with a simple google search! Since he's experiencing the nightmare that is currently happening in New York, we spent a little bit of time talking about that as well.

Join me for my conversation with Robert Galinsky on this week's episode.

If God is for us who can be against us? 

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