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Ronny Carson

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Ronny Carson

The Tycoon of Comedy

I first met Mr. Engelke (or Carson, as he is now known) through Toastmasters International. I ran into him again when we attended the National Speaker’s Association Academy program. Ronny has a 2,000 megawatt smile that is warm and genuine. He is bigger than life, both in physique and personality. Over the years, we’ve received a trickle of information about Ronny’s past – but he tells it all in his new book, “Overcoming Darkness.” I’m over the moon to bring Ronny on to talk about his past, present and future.

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RonnyCarson.com

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Maxamillion von Regalbeezer

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Maxamillion von Regalbeezer

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We have a very special guest this evening. He is a valued member of our establishment and one of Abby’s cherished friends. He came from humble beginnings, and, despite a rough childhood, he has made himself into a social icon. While his opinions are strictly his own, we at Counter Culture Wise celebrate our differences.

Our guest tonight sent us a 37-page document on what he desired to speak about. We chucked that and will be sticking to our regular format of shameless plugs and personal questions. Please welcome, orange polydactyl dog-trainer and voice actor extraordinaire, Maximillion Von Regal Beezer.

MEOW.

 Hold on, let me turn on the translator.

A-hem…thank you.

Mister Regalbeezer…

…you may call me Max.

…OK, Max, before we begin, how may folks find you, should they want to know more or ask you questions on future shows?

I can be reached via my associate and spokesdog, Abigail, at abby@counterculturewise.com

She is very good about forwarding me my correspondences.

 Great. Thanks. Max, we know your life story, but I am sure the listening audience would be interested in learning more about your origins.

I was a sickly young kitten when I was taken in as a foster by Abigail. James and Mélanie saw to my every need – including an embarrassing amount of medication and dropper-feeding, until I was able to make it on my own. Abigail, of course, would soon become my confidante and best friend.

 We ended up adopting you and keeping you. How do you feel about your life so far?

I highly recommend the fostering programs out there, and hope to establish a more robust one here in Nevada. There is no reason to kill innocent children just because their mothers abandoned them. We all need a chance. I stuck with Abigail and the humans because we made an excellent team. They listen to every word I say and meet my every request post-haste. One has no complaints.

 That being said, my decision to move the family from Seattle to Las Vegas was indeed a good one.

 That’s right. How have you adapted to the climate in the dessert?

 I was not yet a year old when we packed up and moved, so I have little memory of the soggy, snowy, cold, moldy Pacific NW. There are pictures of me in the snow that I will not allow the press to release…

 Let’s talk about the world of humans. I know you have paid close attention to the recent elections and the contentious atmosphere that resulted.

 Yes, cats are very insightful.

 Are you a republicat or a democat?

 I am a catatonic, much like the rest of the voters. I will, however say, that I do love our president’s orange hair. He makes a similar fashion statement to my own, and as you all know, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 I am all for improving the economy and lowering taxes so that I can continue with my premium organic grain-free diet and will never be forced to eat rubbish such as Purina again. While Abigail says she has no issues with Chihuahuas, I, frankly, would be happy if they were all deported and chucked over a tall wall. So, we do agree on a few fronts.

 Of course, I am a cat, so by definition, I will always be an Independent.

Like most of our guests, I understand that you are working on a project. Would you like to tell us about it?

 Why, yes! After the great success of the book, Nose-to-Nose Networking, Abigail and I are working with our secretary Mélanie Hope to write not one, not two, but three follow-up books that will teach about marketing, customer service, and making friends. We hope to release them by year’s end.

 Um…Max…I’m NOT your secretary.

 With all due respect, you ARE the one typing the thing! I mean I *do* have thumbs and am quite capable of doing so, but why should I when I have people to do it?

Fair enough. Let’s switch gears. We talk a lot about happiness and how it is a choice. What makes you happy?

 I am more or less in a constant state of happiness. I am surrounded by those I care about and care about me — of all colors, genders, and species.

Frankly, the only time I ever get truly agitated is when a door presumes to be shut in my presence. I have only faced lack of treats once. It was horrific, but I overcame. I enjoy walkies with Abigail at the park and we hang together by the pool. I particularly like lying in the rainbows made by the sunshine through the glass blocks in the front room. I have many creative pursuits, for instance, I recently projectile-vomited a large hairball under the pool table. Given the sounds made by both humans, it was a successful installation.

 Yes, thanks for that. Do you have any advice for our listeners?

Of course I do! Happiness, as James and Mélanie have often said, is a choice. Choose to be happy! Choose to surround yourself with love and peace and happiness. Life is too short to allow yourself to be down all the time.

Above all else, make your voice be heard. Sing out whenever you can, particularly in the middle of the night, when it is darkest before the dawn. Of course, once the household is awakened, you may then commence with naptime.

Twisted Sister – Dog Abby

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Twisted Sister – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I have been happily married for 5 years. I was at a Christmas party last year, and after having a bit too much egg nog, found myself hitting on my wife’s younger sister. (My wife never found out.) This sister recently messaged me, saying she wants to hook up. How do I tell her that I’m not interested without hurting her feelings or upsetting her? I am afraid she might tell my wife if she gets upset.

Scared in Scarborough

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear screwed in Scarborough,

If you did not hump her leg, you did nothing wrong. Tell the sister that, while you are flattered, you were drunk and mistook her for your wife. Make sure she knows that you are very sorry and that it was entirely your fault for drinking so much. Also, tell her that your wife already knows about your screw-up. (She DOES know, right?) This will save you from hurt feelings and blackmail. If there is another guy to connect her with, do it. That way, she will be focused on the new puppy and forget all about the old dog.

Love,

Abby

Darryl Robert Small and Lauren Coe

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Darryl Robert Small and Lauren Coe

From rock operas to cop flicks, Darryl has been involved in many projects across multiple genres. Lauren is an artist and super-genius. Both have amazing singing voices. Jim himself introduced the two to each other, and, thanks to his meddling, the two are engaged! We talk about their projects and several other topics on this show.

Find Darryl & Lauren:

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Darryl himself

Small Shop Films

I-5 Project

LaughSing

 

Web Sites

SmallShopFilms.com

BlueForgeProductions.com

Style in Abundance

Forging Film (http://www.blueforgeproductions.com/forgingfilm/index.htm) includes a passcode to software that Lauren wrote to support the “Modular Method”, which includes writing, formatting, shooting, and editing film that streamlines the entire process and makes it accessible to everyone.  We’ve seen this method of filming in action, and it really does everything it claims to do.

 

A Tired Old Man

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A Tired Old Man

Most people who know me would say that I am generally a happy guy, and that not much gets to me. This is not one of those moments.

From a woman’s march partially led by a woman with ties to Hamas (in case you haven’t heard the news, Hamas is not a feminist-friendly organization), to protests in Berkeley against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos (Berkeley? The Birthplace of the Free Speech Movement? Really?) and beyond, this has not always been a good year for the Jimster. Add to this that the mainstream media is using these events to further an agenda to separate us and keep buying the pills they peddle…

Folks, I’m just plain tired.

I’m tired of elected representatives who represent only themselves.

I’m tired of groups claiming to be anti-Fascist and anti-Nazi who put their message across using the same tactics as the groups they claim to oppose.

I’m tired of the media, pundits, and politicians who were gob-smacked on Election Day, and are trying to save face and get their revenge for being wrong by continuing false narratives about the President. (And no, I didn’t vote for him, so please, let’s not go there.)

I’m tired of our colleges and universities being infested with the Leaders of the Participation Trophy Movement.

Most of all, I am tired of these pathetic attempts to make me feel guilty for being White, Catholic, Libertarian, and (most of all) American. I refuse to accept responsibility for dreamed-up micro-aggressions or hallucinated advantages over my fellow humans.

I’m also pissed that Glen Campbell died.

I’m gonna go sit in a corner and watch Popeye cartoons. I’ll be less tired and cranky next time, I promise.

 

 

What happens in Vegas – Dog Abby

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What happens in Vegas – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

My buddies and I planned a bachelor party for my friend Robert about a year ago. We decided to spend a weekend in Las Vegas. We pooled our money together and paid for everything in advance. Now his fianceé is saying she wants to come along. I tried to explain that this was a guys-only thing, that everything had already been arranged, and promised that we wouldn’t let him do anything to damage her trust. It wasn’t enough. She got angry at all of us, and threatened to break off the engagement if we went without her. I think Robert might be better off without her at this point. Am I overreacting?

Over in Andover

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Rover and over,

My advice is to you because ultimately Robert is the one that will have to make the decision. I can only offer what you might ask Robert to do, but please do not be upset with him if he doesn’t listen. Weddings are stressful things and many times the wedding gets in the way of the marriage.

Talk to Robert, in fact, you may even want to bring this letter with you. After he is done laughing at the fact that you wrote a dog for advice, read him my story.

Mom and dad agreed to take care of their friends’ dog, Atom, while they were away for a long time on vacation. Atom and I got along at his house (even though he did not like to swim), and we were OK together, but when he came over to my house he tormented my cats. I mean, he was vicious and just would not leave them alone. Mom kept hoping that he would get over it, but he never did. We finally had to take him back to his house and just visit him every day.

While mom really wanted him to get along with everyone, he had no desire. She had to make a tough decision because his inability to change was hurting the whole family. This was his choice and his alone to make.

Now, please understand that I am not comparing Robert’s fianceé to a Terrier, but people are not that different. He was a Terrier when we visited his house. He was a Terrier when he visited our house. He will be a Terrier long after the honeymoon is over.

So will Robert’s fianceé.

Atom fit in with his family at his home, and they got along fine there as long as there were no cats. If this works for Robert, then this is great. Atom did not fit in anywhere else, so we had to go places without him. He was still Atom when we got back, and he was still part of his family. No one loved him less, and he was OK at home with his squeaky toys.

If the fianceé lady wants to come to Vegas because she does not trust Robert, then that is a bad, bad thing. It will not ever change, and Robert must decide if he wants that forever. He may be OK with her being fine at home and nowhere else, but that may also mean that he does not get to go anywhere else with her.

If the fianceé lady wants to come because she’s never seen Vegas and is jealous, then she can plan her own trip with her own friends, and she will have more fun with them than you.

Overall, if you are a Terrier, you are not going to become a Retriever just because that is what others want. For some, a Terrier is indeed best. For others, a Retriever is better. Either way, you gotta stick with your Terrier or your Retriever, so you best decide before you make them part of your forever family.

Love,

Abby

Jesse Oakley III

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Jesse Oakley III

People who have come before you and have had less than you have done better than you.”
~Maya Angelou

Just before our show, this is the quote that Jesse tweeted on his account.

Jesse Oakley the third (or to those who know him, i-i-i) is one of those people who brightens a room just by entering it. He is known as a consummate Toastmaster with a miracle memory. He is also a writer and the author of “Greetings Happy People.”

Jesse’s baby face and toothy, but genuine, grin make him the poster child for happiness and strong life choices. Plus, Abby thinks the world of him. Because of his intellect and his move from the east coast to the Las Vegas area as a teen, Jesse survived merciless teasing and bullying. He chose to rise above, and he has soared ever since.

 

 

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Divorce Distress – Dog Abby

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Divorce Distress – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I’m 12 years old, and my mom and dad divorced a couple of years ago Mom met a man at church a few months ago, and they are starting to go out on dates. I like this man, and I want my mom to be happy, but there is a part of me that still wants my mom and dad back together. Is it normal to feel this way?

Confused in Columbus

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Cornfused,

I am only 10 years old, but I am told that my years make me older than your years, so I will tell you what I learned when my mom and dad divorced. When my mom and dad first split up, I was devastated. He was the only dad I ever knew, and I worried that I would never have another dad who loved me again. The thing is, I did not know any better because he really was the only dad I ever had! When mom found the dad I have now, I gave him a chance, and he was the best dad ever! If my first dad wanted to hang around, I would have had two dads — and that would have been super cool. But, things work differently with dogs and people, so we never saw my first dad again. I hope your first dad wants to be there for you forever.

I know that my mom would never have been happy with my first dad. If mom wasn’t happy, how could I be? If they were both miserable, how would I feel? Mom is super happy now, and so is my new dad. Give your new dad a chance. If he’s awesome, then your life will be, too. It doesn’t mean that your first dad doesn’t love you anymore. It just means that you get more love, and your mom (and most likely your dad) will be happier!

Lots of extra love,

Abby

H.G. McKinnis

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H.G. McKinnis

I first met Holly at my Toastmasters club, where she joined after only one meeting and then jumped right onto the board. Our club meets in a bar and focuses on humor, so Holly fit right in. She is smart, sassy, and has a wicked sense of humor. She is also an accomplished author with an interesting background. She recently celebrated the publishing of her murder mystery, “A Justified Bitch.” We may disagree on everything in politics, but we agree on nearly everything in literature.

Holly has a fascinating career as a Nude Dresser in Las Vegas. She has a myriad of interesting stories and a lot to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Heather Silvio

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Dr. Heather Silvio

If there is one thing we can say about the good doctor, it is that she is always busy. I first met Heather when she was in the play Inspecting Carol with my husband. She was looking to rebrand her website. She had already written a book, been awarded many honors from the Air Force and from the DoD, gotten her doctorates, starred in several shows, and to top it all off, was planning her own wedding. Geesh, lady, way to make us all look lazy! She has since gotten many more clinical hours as Psychologist, released several more books, recorded a jazz CD, and is in the process of finishing a screenplay. Heather’s mind is as active as the rest of her, and you’ll find that — not only is she incredibly intelligent — she is incredibly likable. This is the pragmatic, perspicacious, and powerfully pretty Dr. Heather Silvio.

Find Heather here:

Web site: HeatherSilvio.com
Facebook: silvio.heather
Twitter: @heathersilvio
Instagram: heathersilvio

LinkedIn: heather-silvio-2596084
Goodreads: heathersilvio
Amazon
Special snowflake book link
Panther Books


 

 

 

 

 

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