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TWE RADIO: “Welcome Home” Host Treger Strasberg On Humbly Helping the Homeless

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Treger Strasberg on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi . Strasberg founded Humble Design, an organization that furnishes homes – and furnishes hope – to the needy. She is also the host of the CW’s new weekly show “Welcome Home!”

TWE RADIO: “Welcome Home” Host Treger Strasberg On Humbly Helping the Homeless

Treger Strasberg, host of "Welcome Home" with husband Rob/Photo Courtesy Treger Strasberg

Treger Strasberg and husband Rob from “Welcome Home”

By Stacey Gualandi/December, 2018

Be sure to tune in to a BRAND NEW interview with Treger Strasberg on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi . Strasberg founded Humble Design, an organization that furnishes homes – and furnishes hope – to the needy. She is also the host of the CW’s new weekly show “Welcome Home.”

In the words of one of her employees, “Treger is a tornado,” and it’s easy to understand why. In just ten short years, she started a small Detroit-based operation that gathers donated, gently-used furniture for families transitioning out of homelessness; transformed 1200 homes; opened three other branches in Seattle, San Diego and Chicago; and together with her co-host and husband Rob, launched “Welcome Home,” based on Humble Design.

Strasberg has been a big supporter of The Women’s Eye almost since day one! She first joined me in 2012, then again in 2013, and now – five years later – we wanted to check back in with this social entrepreneur to see how she and the non-profit she built is doing!

TWE Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Treger Strasberg about her nonprofit Humble Design and how she has turned empathy into action for the homeless.

Treger Strasber, host of "Welcome Home," and husband Rob/Photo Courtesy of Treger Strasberg

Treger and husband Rob

Strasberg says she likes to leave a place a little better than how she found it – something I prefer to call “The Treger Effect.” Only one percent of those they have helped have gone back to homelessness.

She says her biggest impact is working one-on-one with the families. An admitted “chronic crier,” Strasberg says watching the mother’s suffering ease touches her heart, whether she likes it or not. And it is those moments that ultimately led to her tv show.

“We want to humanize the process,” she says proudly. “What brings me the most joy is sitting on the floor of a barren house, with no beds, no furniture…looking at a mom’s eyes and telling her tomorrow is going to be better,” says Strasberg. “That is my favorite moment and I get to do it over and over again.”

So many lives have been changed by Humble Design and Strasberg says it is her life’s passion (“I’ll be 95 and dragging dressers, ha!”) to help keep people in affordable houses.

During our interview, she shares why she found success, how she navigates through fear, and what is the best advice for turning empathy into action. (“Take baby steps”).

Thanks, Treger, for being part of the Women’s Eye family! Good luck with all you do to help others!

To get involved, go to www.humbledesign.org.

Check your local listings for “Welcome Home” on the CW, Saturdays and Sunday mornings. https://www.facebook.com/CWWelcomeHome/

TWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @humbledesign
TWITTER/INSTAGRAM: @smtreger
WEBSITE: www.humbledesign.org
FACEBOOK/TWITTER: @cwwelcomehome

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TWE RADIO: Adventurer Susan Purvis On Finding the Lost with Trusty Teammate Tasha

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Susan Purvis, the author of Go Find: My Journey To Find the Lost – and Myself, about the bond we ALL share with (wo)man’s best friend. As the founder of Crested Butte Outdoors International, Susan Purvis is an expert wilderness medic and all-around adventure queen who became one of the top high-altitude search-and-rescue teams in Colorado – together with her trusty teammate Tasha, a beautiful black Labrador.

TWE RADIO: Adventurer Susan Purvis On Finding the Lost with Trusty Teammate Tasha

Susan Purvis, author GO FIND, with Tasha/Photo Courtesy Susan Purvis

Susan Purvis with beloved dog Tasha

By Stacey Gualandi/December 2018
Photos: Susan Purvis Collection

Don’t miss our BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio as Stacey Gualandi talks with Susan Purvis, the author of Go Find: My Journey To Find the Lost – and Myself, about the bond we ALL share with (wo)man’s best friend.

As the founder of Crested Butte Outdoors International, Susan Purvis is an expert wilderness medic and all-around adventure queen who became one of the top high-altitude search-and-rescue teams in Colorado – together with her trusty teammate Tasha, a beautiful black Labrador.

Go Find: My Journey to FInd the Lost--and Myself by Susan Purvis/Photo Courtesy Susan Purvis

Cover: Chris Ladoulis

I knew I’d love this book, and I could almost guarantee I would shed a few tears. I am a big dog lover (my license plate is “Muttmom” for goodness sake!) and my boss Pam Burke also is a dog devotee.

So it was quite touching to chat with Purvis from her home in Whitefish, Mont., the “creative haven” where she wrote about their personal journey to “go find” the lost.

An avalanche that took the life of a 6 year old inspired Purvis to adopt a 5-week-old puppy in 1995 and train her in avalanche, wilderness and water recovery. Purvis says it would become a relationship like none other.

“I know I’ll never bond with another being like I have with Tasha,” she writes in her first memoir.

Purvis shares dramatic stories of dozens of missions they led. Miraculously, some lives were saved, and sadly, many were lost forever.

As the founder of Crested Butte Outdoors International, Susan Purvis is an expert wilderness medic and all-around adventure queen who became one of the top high-altitude search-and-rescue teams in Colorado – together with her trusty teammate Tasha, a beautiful black Labrador.

While they were determined to help those who needed saving, Purvis says she made a discovery of her own along the way: she had lost herself. It was Tasha, she writes, who was “saving me from being buried in my own avalanche.”

Susan Purvis, author Go Find, at Javits Center NYC/Photo Courtesy Susan Purvis

Susan with friend at NY Book Expo America.  Javits Center, NYC

With unflinching honesty about fulfilling promises, accepting divorce, competing in a male-dominated profession (“I had to prove myself three times more than men”), and saying goodbye, Go Find shows how making a canine connection can help one “find passion, purpose and philanthropy.”

Purvis says this journey is one of her greatest achievements.

Looking for adventure, or want an inspiring book to gift travelers this holiday season? National Geographic has just selected Go Find as one of the best travel books to read now. Congratulations, Susan!

TWITTER: @susan_purvis

FB/INSTAGRAM: @susanpurvisauthor

WEBSITE: Susanpurvis.com

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Culinary Queen Elizabeth Blau On a (Lobster) Roll with New Savory Scrapbook

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Culinary Queen Elizabeth Blau, about the recipes, cooking tips and personal stories found in her new cookbook, Honey Salt Food & Drink – A Culinary Scrapbook.

TWE RADIO: Culinary Queen Elizabeth Blau On a (Lobster) Roll with New Savory Scrapbook

Elizabeth Blau, restaurateur and Stacey Gualandi, TWE Host/Photo: Courtesy Stacey Gualandi

Stacey Gualandi and Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau share a “brookie”

By Stacey Gualandi/November, 2018
Honey Salt photos: Bill Milne

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi as I talk with acclaimed restaurateur Elizabeth Blau about the recipes, cooking tips and personal stories found in her new cookbook, Honey Salt Food & Drink – A Culinary Scrapbook.

As a Las Vegas resident who loves to make reservations, I have made Honey Salt a dining destination for me and my family.  So having Blau – fresh from a Canadian cranberry bog – chat with me in studio AND share an (in)famous “brookie” (combo brownie/cookie) for my birthday was a rare treat.

Elizabeth Blau restauranteur with husband/PHoto: Courtesy Elizabeth Blau

Elizabeth with husband Chef Kim Canteenwalla

With talent – and good taste buds – Elizabeth Blau is now the queen of cuisine in Las Vegas. Together with her husband and masterful Chef Kim Canteenwalla, the James Beard nominees have made their mark on and off the Strip, and more recently in Vancouver, with several world class restaurants.

But it was the opening of Honey Salt six years ago that sealed their epicurean empire. And now she and her husband are on a (lobster) roll with their first cookbook!

Elizabeth Blau's lobster roll from book Honey Salt/Photo: Courtesy Elizabeth Blau

Elizabeth’s warm lobster roll recipe from Honey Salt book

The idea first came out of her zest for cooking, scrapbooking and collecting other cookbooks (she has over a thousand!). It made sense to her, she says, “to lay out our photos, recipes and stories of our journey and the path to the restaurant opening of Honey Salt.”

Elizabeth Blau, discusses her success in the restaurant business and her new Savory Scrapbook, “Honey Salt”

For Blau, it’s about sharing special moments, reminiscing about adventures with friends all over the country, and preserving those for her young son Cole.

Elizabeth Blau in cranberry bog , restauranteur/Photo: Courtesy Elizabeth Blau

Elizabeth visiting bog in Vancouver where cranberries are harvested

Nowadays, there are numerous gifted female chefs and restaurateurs leveling the playing field in these male-dominated professions, but Elizabeth is certainly a standout. And not only has Blau paved her own successful path, but she has also become a role model for up-and-coming women hoping to follow in her foodie footsteps.

It’s Blau’s culinary kingdom, and we’re all just eating in it. You might even want to try making your own savory scrapbook! For more information about Elizabeth, check out:

www.elizabethblau.com.

www.honeysalt.com

@elizabethblau — facebook

@elizabethblau1 – twitter

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TWE RADIO: Writer Beth Howard On Life, Language and a “Hausfrau Honeymoon”

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to Author Beth Howard, about life, language, her book “Hausfrau Honeymoon”.

TWE RADIO: Writer Beth Howard On Life, Language and a “Hausfrau Honeymoon”

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host with guest Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon - Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio Host

Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon - Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany/Photo: Beth's selfie

Beth Howard, Author of Hausfrau Honeymoon

By Stacey Gualandi/October, 2018

Don’t miss our NEWEST episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi and Beth Howard, the author of her third book, Hausfrau Honeymoon – Love, Language, and Other Misadventures in Germany.

AKA the “Pie Lady, Howard is no stranger to The Women’s Eye. She joined us on the air once before to talk about her last book, Ms. American Pie, which is full of recipes, stories and creative ideas on all-things-pie.

Beth Howard book/Photo: P. BurkeThe prolific writer, who once lived in the historic American Gothic house in Eldon, Iowa, now resides on an Iowa farm, and that’s just where I caught up with her to talk about her latest memoir.

The self-described adventurous free-spirit (“I’m not good at following rules.”) has worn many hats: Kenyan coffee company entrepreneur, pie stand owner, dotcom web producer, PR specialist, blogger and even a former “baker to the stars.”

And for four years in the 2000s, she was an out-of-her-element newlywed, living with her husband Marcus in Stuttgart, Germany.

In her signature “lively”style, Hausfrau Honeymoon could be considered an anti-love letter to Germany as Howard tackles the language barrier, chauvinism, and (lack of) car cupholders in her newly adopted home.

“Nothing against Germany, but it doesn’t fit my personality. It may be my rebellious nature,” says Howard.

Beth Howard i nfront of her Gothic House rental, Iowa/Photo Courtesy Beth Howard

Beth and her pups at the American Gothic House

Beth Howard, author of a “Hausfrau Honeymoon” discusses her book, love, life and language.

She shares the good, the bad and the ugly about Germany but admits living there “totally expanded my life experience. You don’t know how much time you have left so I always write with a sense of urgency, especially after a sudden loss.”

Howard wrote the book 12 years ago while struggling to adjust to her foreign surroundings and new marriage. Now, it is a prequel of sorts to her first book, Making Piece, about the sudden death of her husband, and how baking pies helped her cope with the horrible grief.

Howard says Hausfrau Honeymoon is about girl power and learning to take charge of your life, no matter the circumstances. Despite her first uneasy go-around in Germany, she says she’d definitely do it again. After all, it gave her a bookful of material and, as she says, “My life is so much richer for it.”

You can see evidence of Beth’s piemaking skills below. For more info, check out Beth’s website.

Beth Howard pies from a piemaking session

Delicious strawberry pies right out of Beth’s oven/2014

FACEBOOK: Find Beth on Facebook

TWITTER: @worldneedspie

WEBSITE: Beth’s Website
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“The Woman’s Hour” Author Elaine Weiss On the Dramatic Battle for the Right to Vote

The Women’s Eye Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks with Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour” about the nail-biting fight to win the vote in 1920.

TWE RADIO: “The Woman’s Hour” Author Elaine Weiss On the Dramatic Battle for the Right to Vote

Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour” discusses the nail-biting fight to win the vote in 1920 and the ratification of the 19th amendment.

Elaine Weiss, author "The Woman's Hour"/Photo: Elaine's selfie

Elaine Weiss, author

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host with "The Woman's Hour" by guest Elaine Weiss/Photo: Selfie

Stacey Gualandi, TWE Radio host

By Stacey Gualandi/August 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi and journalist Elaine Weiss, whose new book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight To Win The Vote, tackles – in painstaking detail – one of the most intense battles in American history.

The award-winning journalist’s retelling of the dramatic final six weeks in 1920 leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment – ultimately giving women the right to vote – has earned her acclaim, and great reviews.

The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss/Cover PhotoWhen Weiss began her research in 2013, she says she wasn’t aware that it took over 70 years of intrigue to bestow voting rights to women. By the time she turned in her manuscript three years later, she was taken by the parallels between what happened almost one hundred years ago, and the 2016 presidential election.

Also taken was former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, who brought the book to her friend Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg. Breaking news! Spielberg’s Amblin TV optioned Weiss’s book and will be bringing this amazing  historical event to the small screen with Clinton as executive producer.

I was fascinated with the book because I, too, was unaware of the audacious activists – the “Suffs” and the “Antis” – who simultaneously fought over a woman’s right to vote. Unbelievably, it was so close that it came down to one state to pass it: Tennessee. It was a real-life nail biter.

Women suffragettes/Photo: Library of Congress

Protesting Congress’ failure to act on the federal suffrage amendment, the National Woman’s Party worked against President Wilson and Democrats in 1916 election./Photo: Library of Congress

During our conversation, Weiss said she hopes, deep down, The Woman’s Hour will make people understand just what it took to give women the vote; that it is a right and a privilege; and that having a voice is the bedrock principle of self-government. Now she will focus her efforts on engaging our youth…and encouraging everyone to vote!

Alice Paul's Woman's Party picketed the White House 1017/Photo: Library of Congress

The Woman’s Party picketing the White House in early 1917. The picketers were called unpatriotic, and hundreds were arrested, imprisoned and mistreated. Photo: Library of Congress

 

Register to Vote Website

TWITTER: Follow Elaine on Twitter

PUBLISHER: Viking Penguin

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TWE RADIO: Authors Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis On Unleashing “the Stuff” Within Us

TWE Radio host Stacey Gualandi talks to authors Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis about “The Stuff,” their first book collaboration.

TWE RADIO: Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis On Unleashing “the Stuff” Within Us

The STUFF–Unlock Your Power To Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed by Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis

Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis, authors of "The Stuff"/Photo: Sam Maller

Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter/Photo: Sam Maller

By Stacey Gualandi/July, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi! Authors Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis talk about their first collaboration, The STUFF–Unlock Your Power To Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed.

Sharlee Jeter is the President of the Turn 2 Foundation, a non-profit formed by her brother, Yankee baseball legend Derek Jeter, that helps young people turn away from drugs and turn toward healthy lifestyles. Dr. Sampson Davis is the New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, speaker and ER physician. Together, they have created The STUFF Movement to help us discover the hidden strengths within.

“The stuff” is an inner fortitude, and both authors know of what they speak. They’ve lived it. Jeter was diagnosed with cancer at 21 while attending college. Instead of giving up, she stayed in school and got treatment.

Fifteen years later, she is surviving and thriving. And Dr. Davis grew up in a crime-ridden New Jersey city, and faced time behind bars, yet went on to become a successful doctor and internationally-known motivational speaker and the founder of The Three Doctors Foundation. Oprah even dubbed him “the premiere role model of the world!”

"The Stuff" by Sharlee jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis/Cover provided by Gallery BooksThis interview couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been tackling several difficult issues with my family, dog and health, seemingly all at once. Both Jeter and Dr. Davis certainly offer pathways to answers on how not to give in to life’s nasty curve balls.

In the STUFF, Jeter and Dr. Davis take readers through 11 elements (i.e. “push limits,” “choose to hope,” “forge a motivation statement”) that will highlight how to overcome any obstacle. The authors say finding the Stuff can be learned, but it can’t be hurried…all you have to do is turn it on.

To find out more about The STUFF and how to unleash it, join the movement at www.thestuffmovement.com

Quote from cover of The Stuff by Sharlee jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis/Photo Courtesy Gallery Books

Twitter:
@sjeter2
@DrSampsonDavis
@JeterTurn2
@threedoctors
Instagram: @theSTUFFmovement
Facebook:  the STUFF movement
Twitter: @STUFFmovement

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TWE RADIO: Fashion Designer-Turned-Author Sigrid Olsen On Redesigning Her Life

Fashion Designer-Turned-Author Sigrid Olsen On Redesigning Her Life

My Life Redesigned: Embracing Change, Aging Gracefully, and Finding Magic in the Simple Things

Sigrid Olsen on her book My Life Redesigned: Embracing Change, Aging Gracefully, and Finding Magic in the Simple Things and her Inspiration Yoga Retreats

Sigrid Olsen, author My Life Redesigned/Photo: Courtesy Sigrid

Sigrid Olsen holding one of her creative designs

By Stacey Gualandi/June 29, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview with author Sigrid Olsen on The Women’s Eye Radio with Stacey Gualandi. Olsen talks about her one-time fashion empire, her Inspiration Yoga Retreats and her new memoir “My Life Redesigned: Embracing Change, Aging Gracefully, and Finding Magic in the Simple Things.”

Sigrid Olsen came to our attention thanks to Sue Podbielski, a TWE contributor, who had the opportunity to attend one of Olsen’s Inspiration Retreats recently in Tulum, Mexico. Podbielski says it was so life-changing, she wanted everyone to know about Sigrid!

Sigrid Olsen's book, My Life Redesigned/Photo Courtesy Sigrid OlsenOlsen is the nationally known woman behind the successful fashion design empire SIGRID OLSEN for nearly three decades. But after multiple life upheavals: the demise of her fashion line, a breast cancer diagnosis and the death of her husband, Olsen had to face midlife head-on. She wasn’t “forced into retirement,” says her good friend broadcaster Jane Pauley, but “forced into reinvention.”

Now, through her personal story, Olsen writes about reconnecting with a long dormant yoga practice and how she “lost herself in meditation until the layers of stress peeled away and she could breathe again.” Her book offers an 8-step happiness checklist, and “inspiration for anyone seeking to find … balance and beauty in the world.”

Sigrid Olsen, author My Life Redesigned, Embracing Change/Photo Courtesy Sigrid Olsen

To find out more about her book My Life Redesigned, her retreats and her new business Designs For Living, you can check out www.sigridolsen.com

Sigrid Olsen, author My Life Redesigned/Photo Courtesy Sigrid Olsen

TWITTER: @sigridolsenart
FACEBOOK: sigridolsenart

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TWE INTERVIEW–Katie Blomquist Is Going Places with Joy and Bikes for Kids

Katie Blomquist – Going Places Non Profit

Going Places Non Profit – Bikes for Kids

The Women’s Eye contributor Patricia Caso talks to Katie Blomquist, founder of Going Places, an innovative nonprofit supplying bikes to children in Charleston, S.C. area Title 1 schools. The bikes are for kids who never had the chance to own one. Katie explains how she started GP and what a difference it’s making.

Katie Blomquist, founder Going Places supplying bikes to kids in Charleston, S. Carolina/Photo Courtesy Katie Blomquist

Katie Blomquist, founder of Going Places/La Tasha Bellamy Photography

By Patricia Caso/June 5, 2018

Thanks to former teacher Katie Blomquist and her foundation Going Places, 1,000 kids and counting in the Charleston, South Carolina area, get joy in the form of a bike. Ninety percent of the families in Title 1 schools there live at or below the poverty line and can’t afford this childhood pleasure.

 “A child doesn’t choose their walk of life, parents or situations. Yet, if there is a little bit of joy, I believe it can change the outcome of a person’s life.”  Katie Blomquist

When I read about Katie’s inspiring efforts, I thought of my own adventures on a bike as a kid. We all had so many exciting places to go. Katie is determined that her Going Places Foundation will be an investment for improving lives of a future generation.

I spoke by phone with Katie so I could find out more about her and her ingenious idea based on joy and bikes… [Read more…]