embark blog with liz solar

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Poetry is Experiencing a Moment. Sarah Letourneu Explains Why

Sarah LeTourneau is a poet and managing editor and writing coach at Heart of the Story Editorial and Coaching Services. Her poetry has been featured in or will appear in Aromatic Poetica, Constellations, Mass Poetry, among countless other publications. The following is an excerpt from an earlier conversation Sarah and I had on my Embark podcast. read more…

Creativity, Opera and Bodice Ripping: A Conversation with Singer Maren Montalbano

Marian Montalbano, opera singer, business coach and writer whose voice appears on not one, not two, but three Grammy Award-winning albums. When her one-woman show got sidelined during Covid-19, Maren created a podcast based on the show called the Bodice Ripper Project. The podcast of the same name is an exploration of sexuality, feminism and the journey to self-empowerment. through the lens of romance novels. Maren has sung at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, multiple theaters in Europe and even performed on stage with the Rolling Stones. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation, previously recorded on my Embark podcast. read more…

Revising A Dream When Adversity Hits: A Conversation with DIYMFA’s Gabriela Pereira

Gabriella Pereira is the founder of DIYMFA, an online writing community and a virtual alternative to the traditional MFA creative writing program. When she was 24, Gabriela received the life-changing diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Last week on my podcast Embark, she shared her story in the hope this conversation sparks more conversations about the stigma we attach to mental illness, and how we can change the language around it. The following is an excerpt of that conversation. read more…

It Really is About You: What Your Messaging Reveals

We’re constantly bombarded with messages on TV, the radio, cable news, social media, magazines, advertising, and podcasts. How do you separate good messaging from the noise? Message Artist Deb Goeschel, creates websites and visual branding for businesses and organizations, spoke with me last week on my Embark podcast to share what goes into an effective message.  Turns out, it starts with asking questions. Lots of questions. I had a few of my own.

These are edited excerpts of our recorded conversation. read more…

A Growing Trend Toward Suicide Among Young Children

Mental health – or an increasing lack thereof – has become a familiar topic of conversation in the last year. Sudden quarantine, social isolation, fear of sickness or family loss have added to the genuine everyday stress many of us experience. Widespread depression and anxiety have been compounded by economic and housing insecurity and social inequities.

These strange times have taken an emotional toll on adults, and even more so among children and adolescents.  Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control show a dramatic increase in suicide ideation and completed suicide among children and young adults 10 to 24 years old since the pandemic started. Shockingly, the incidence of suicide among children – as young as 5 to 11 years old — is on the rise. read more…

The Pandemic Within The Pandemic: Food Insecurity

Global problems have been amplified during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some are readily solvable, some will take time. Others have no immediate or foreseeable solution.  One issue can be solved right now. Hunger. A widespread disease that’s easily treatable, and totally curable. read more…

Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking

It’s a global industry valued at over 150 billion dollars, with over 25 million people in itsworkforce.  It is an industry built upon greed, manipulation and exploitation. This industry is human trafficking, an ever-growing enterprise, which often happens in plain sight. One segment of trafficking involves indentured servitude, and exploitative labor practices which proliferate hospitality services, agriculture, construction, domestic services, warehousing and countless other businesses. read more…

Anxiety: An Owner’s Manual – Managing Mental Health in Uncertain Times

 

Jon Mattleman is the Massachusetts clinical director of Minding Your Mind, an organization that provides mental health education to adolescents, teens, and the adults in their lives. With over 35 years as a therapist and presenter Jon grounds his work in delivering tools and techniques that can be implemented in real time to make meaningful change.  He holds a BA from Clark University, and an MS in counseling from the University of Hartford. In addition to his work with minding your mind, john continues with private practice to offer presentations, consultations and consulting services. We spoke last week. This is an excerpt from our conversation, which you can hear in its entirety on the Embark podcast. embarkthepodcast.com. read more…

Rock Your Brand. Change Your Brand.

Rock Your Brand founder Rachel Pintarelli believes the power of story and transparency of self are the true connectors in marketing. Her mission is to help small business owners be brave, and find their footing, delivering a message of who they are without apology: consistently, courageously and confidently. We spoke about how the events of the last seven months affected her decision to re-brand her business, as well as trends, and brand do’s and don’ts. You can hear the complete audio conversation with Rachel at www.embarkthepodcast.com.

LS: So, how did you come to ‘Hey, I think I’ll do branding?” read more…

In Search of a Cancer Vaccine

This excerpt comes from last week’s recorded interview with Keerthi Shetty, Senior Manager of Strategic initiatives at the Center for Personal Cancer Vaccines at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She talks about her team’s research and ground-breaking development off a vaccine for cancer. Listen to the complete audio conversation at embarkthepodcast.com.

LS: Hi Keerthi.  Thanks for joining us today.  Tell us a about your work with Dana Farber.

KS:  I serve essentially as a program manager and liaison – the glue that interfaces with the scientists, the clinicians, regulatory people, legal folks, finance team, to make sure we’re all aligned in getting towards the goal of treating patients with these personal cancer vaccines. read more…