April 2013

april_spring_blossom April is a favorite month for me. It is my birth month and a month in Spring. We begin to become anxious to get outdoors and open up some windows to let the light spring breeze in our homes. Also, it's time to pull down the bikes from the attic and dust them off, oil the chains and unbury the bike helmets, dig out the dollar blades from the boxes marked summer stuff, and lace up the walking shoes. As the photo shows, it is time to open your heart to spring.
Photo Credit: Sheila O'Driscoll
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Spotlight Guests for April 
 Marianne Williamson April 27th 3:00pm ET 
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on WPRO AM630/99.7FM 
  marianne_williamson Tune in as Patricia interviews Marianne Williamson, internationally acclaimed author and lecture. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times best-sellers including A Return to Love, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America and The Gilf of Change. In December 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the 50 most influential baby boomers. She will discuss her newest book, The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work,Money,and Miracles.   
Rick Stack April 22nd 2:00pm ET
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on

rick_stack Tune in as Patricia interviews Rick Stack, publisher and editor of The Seth Audio Collection, The Early Sessions (Books 1-9 of the Seth Material), The Personal Sessions, and other books by Jane Roberts. The author of Out-Of-Body Adventures: 30 Days to the Most Exciting Experience of Your Life, he has been teaching workshops on the Seth material, Dreams, Out of Body Experiences and Metaphysics internationally for over 35 years.
Sandra Coletta April 19th  3:30pm ET
"Positive Business" on WPRV AM790

  sandra_coletta Tune in as Patricia interviews Sandra Coletta, president and CEO at Kent County Hospital, provides leadership insights into the topic of medical apology stemming from her settlement of the Michael J. Woods malpractice case against Kent Hospital in 2008. In her presentation, she will talk about the power of a responsibility that led to the establishment of the Michael J Woods Institute at Kent Hospital and the goal of redesigning healthcare from a human factors engineering perspective; underscoring her belief that medical apology is only meaningful if followed by real change.


             What about the Bees?


Bee imagery has always been meaningful and symbolic to Patricia and she has come to use it more and more as her unofficial logo.

Like the bee that draws nectar from deep inside the flower to make honey, Patricia Raskin is a catalyst who draws out the positive, life-enriching wisdom of her guests, and serves it up as enriching honey for your soul.. Her radio shows transfer life experiences into food for thought-a honeycomb of strength, hope and positive action for these challenging times." 

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"The Good Living Radio Show" Produced by Raskin Resources Productions, Inc
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Fridays 10am-12 noon ET
Positive Business Co-Hosts
April 5 - Mari Anne Snow, CEO/Founder of SophiaThink, a digital strategy firm that helps clients develop consolidated business strategies that utilize the web for maximum business benefit.

gil_lantiniApril 12 - Gil Lantini, Founder and President of Rhode Island Small Business Journal and President of Focus Business Solutions.

lisa_bergeron April 19 - Lisa Bergeron, President of Leading Women Southeastern New England, offering innovative services and leadership programs.

tuni_schartner_2012 April 26 - Tuni Renaud Schartner, President of TRS Strategies, marketing consultant, Public Relations, Social Media and Event Planning professional  

Please note my sponsored guests are featured in the Newsletter below. For a complete listing of guests, please go to Cumulus Broadcasting Providence's station links:

Sponsored Guests
Patricia Raskin Positive Living
George Goens
Saturday, April 6  3:30pm ET
george_goens Tune in for the "Letters on Living" featured segment as Patricia interviews George Goens, speaker and national consultant on leadership and educational reform and author of "Letters on the Promise of Living". George will discuss his reasons for writing the book, life and impact of letters. He will share the wisdom and principles which are the foundation for a meaningful and purposeful life, including reflection, connections with other generations and an understanding of the wisdom of the ages.
Kevin LeBlanc
Saturday, April 13  3:00-4:00pm ET
kevin_leblanc Tune is as Patricia interviews Kevin LeBlanc, owner of RWL General Contractors, which has been a family owned business for over 40 years. They specialize in kitchens and bathrooms, windows and doors, vinyl siding and roofing, general remodeling and painting. He will discuss home improvements especially during these winter months.


Dr. Michele Pelosi
Saturday, April 27 3:00pm ET
michele_pelosiTune in as Patricia interviews Dr. Michele Pelosi, owner of Dr. Michele Pelosi's Chiropractic Care in Cranston, RI. Her practice provides a variety of therapeutic services, including electronic muscle stimulation, manual therapeutic exercise, spinal mobilization and manipulation. Trigger point work is also provided either by hand or by activator.  Her chiropractic services are tailored to the needs of each unique patient.
Sponsored Guests
Positive Business WPRV
Ed Drozda
Friday, April 5  3:30pm
Tune in as Patricia interviews Ed Drozda, The Small Business Doctor, who helps you keep your business healthy and thriving. Listen in and discover the value of the business physical, the importance of a clear diagnosis and the importance of employing the correct treatments.You will not want to miss this lively and informative conversation with one of the area's most unique small business coaches.
Brian Lamoureux
Friday, April 5 4:30pm
brian_lamoureux Tune in as Patricia interviews Brian Lamoureux, a Partner with Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux & West LLC, for the "Risky Business: The Law of Social Media" featured segment.  His extensive practice areas include complex commercial litigation, employment law, social media law, receiverships and creditors' rights. He is a frequent presenter, published author and broadcast commentator on the topics of social media and e-communications in the workplace.
Peter Berman
Friday, April 19  4:00pm ET
peter_berman Tune in when Patricia interviews Peter Berman Esq., partner at Raskin and Berman, attorney in Providence for over 30 years specializing in bankruptcy law. He will discuss what bankruptcy in business is and how we can prevent and manage debt in small business and corporations.
George Goens
Friday, April 26 3:30pm ET
george_goens Tune in for the "Leadership" featured segment when Patricia interviews George Goens, author, speaker and national consultant on leadership and educational reform. He is author of "Soft Leadership for Hard Times" and "Resilient Leadership for Turbulent Times".
Terry Murray
Friday, April 26 4:30pm ET
Tune in when Patricia interviews Terry Murray, author, speaker, professional coach, and business executive with more than 20 years of progressive experience in real-world strategic development, leadership and business execution. He will discuss his book "The Transformational Entrepreneur - Engaging the Mind, Heart & Spirit for Breakthrough Business Success".
Sponsored Guests
Good Living Radio Show
bee_logo The Good Living show, produced by Raskin Resources Productions, Inc. with host, Jennifer Lourenco, from WSAR. 

The Good Living show will have weekly guests in addition to sponsored featured guests with their own hours on the show, sharing good living tips for the audience.

Practical Business Coaching with Huxley Conklin Featured Segment
Friday, April 12 & 26 10:00-11:00am
huxley_conklin Tune in as Patricia interviews Huxley Conklin, owner of FocalPoint Business Coaching, the world's Premier coaching organization and the leading business coaching franchise as recognized by the Franchise Business Review. Huxley Conklin works with dedicated and determined business owners who wish to dramatically improve their businesses, their personal lives and the balance between the two.
Dr. Tadeusz Sztykowski
Saturday, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 4:00-5:00pm ET
dr_tad Tune in for the Wellness Feature as Patricia interviews Dr. Tad Sztykowski, D.Ac., founder of Dr. Tad Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing in Providence, which focuses on restoring patients health by correcting causes of diseases. A licensed MD in 27 European countries, he came to this country in 1987 to study the oldest medical system, Chinese medicine. After graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1990, he opened his private practice and has treated over 15,000 patients with myriads of health conditions ranging from allergies to cancer. His new book Healthcare Dollars and Cents: How Classical Chinese Medicine Can Save Your Health and Your Company's Bottom Line.
Paula Marshall
Saturday, April 20 3:00-4:00pm ET
paula_marshall_2011 Tune in as Patricia
brings us her Success feature with guest expert Paula A. Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies, a $300M company that makes apple pies and desserts for the leading fast food chains including McDonald's. She is the author of "Finding the Soul of Big Business", an amalgamation of every lesson she has learned as a CEO. She will answer your questions about happiness, fulfillment and change in the workplace today. 

Corissa St. Laurent
Friday, April 5 4:00pm ET
Tune in when Patricia interviews
Corissa St. Laurent, Regional Development Director for New England at Constant Contact. She draws on her experiences as a two-time small business owner and as a former board director for multiple nonprofits.  She will discuss how to build lasting relationships through email, social media, and other engagement marketing strategies, through lively and inspiring presentations.  
Michael Rudnick
Friday, April 12 3:00pm

michael_rudnick Tune in as Patricia interviews Michael Rudnick, President of RCC.  Founded in 1989 by Michael Rudnick, RCC specializes in reducing impact from IT failures through preventative maintenance, continuous remote monitoring, network security, and help desk support. Acting as, or in support of, an in-house IT department, RCC resolves network issues prior to failures or disruptions and provides recommendations for equipment purchasing, hands-on software and hardware installation, staff training, technology plan development.
Dana D'Orsi
Friday, April 19  4:30pm ET
dana_d'orsi Tune in when Patricia interviews Dana D'Orsi, a life & career transformation coach, the founder of Best Life Solutions and the creator of The Best Life System™. She will discuss The Best Life System™, a proven step-by-step program that teaches women who feel stuck or frustrated in some area of their lives or careers how to get "unstuck," expand their vision of what's possible, figure out exactly what they want and get it in record-time.


The Good Living Radio Show
Fridays 10am-12noon ET

Produced by  
Raskin Resources Productions, Inc.

Richard Bassett Featured Segment
Friday, April 26 11:00am-12noon
richard_bassett Tune in as Patricia interviews Richard Bassett, Financial Advisor and Marketing Manager at J. Marshall Associates.  Richard has been in the financial services business since 2000. Currently, Richard holds Series 6, Series 63 and Series 65 Securities licenses registered with Investors Capital Corporation, allowing him to act as a Registered Representative. He is also registered with Investors Capital Advisory allowing him to act as a Financial Advisor.
Produced by Raskin Resources Productions, Inc.

The Dr. A Show will_aguila dr_a_show_logo_2013
with Dr. Will Aguila on

I am very pleased and proud to produce "The Dr. A. Show" for Dr. Will Aguila.

Will Aguila, MD, Dr. A as his patients call him, is a bariatric surgeon who broke the cycle of obesity in his own life. His purpose and passion is to show listeners who have been battling weight loss for a long time how to conquer their weight problems through an integrative approach using changes in nutrition, fitness, self-help, and wellness. Dr. A's new book Why I Don't Lose Weight: Conquering the Cycle of Obesity is accessible on his website

The guests on the weekly Dr. A show are best-selling authors and experts in nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and wellness. Among his guests are Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Daniel Amen, Max Bolka, Dr. Mike Dow, Richard Simmons, Lisa Nichols, and Marci Shimoff.

The "Dr. A" show is heard on Cincinnati's ESPN 1530, in Eastern North Carolina on WTKF 107.1FM and WJNC 1240AM and Thursdays at 11am on WSAR AM1480 in Fall River, MA.   Tune in to

Patricia Speaks
raskin_speaking_02_11 April 14 - Patricia will be presenting a workshop at the Southern New England Women's Expo on Sunday April 14 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln RI. Stay tuned for time of Patricia's talk , "Seven Principles for Positive Living" at Don't miss the 10th Anniversary of the Southern New England Women's Expo... Be pampered, shop, sample great food and wine, watch fashion shows, attend seminars, win incredible prizes, sample products, get a makeover, massage, relax,  destress, laugh, be entertained and learnabout all great things relating to your life and well being.

April 21 - Patricia will be doing an on stage Conversations about Wellness with Patricia on Sunday April 21st at 2PM at the The 5th Annual DiscoverYou Wellness Expo at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln RI. The largest wellness expo in RI.  The expo is Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21 at the Twin River Event Center Lincoln, RI. Join Patricia as she interviews key wellness, health and integrative medicine practitioners on stage!   

Positively Speaking

Spring Cleaning Inside and Out


Technically, spring is here, but nature has it's own timetable. You can still get ready as it warms up and you feel true spring coming. This is the time to clean out the cupboards, wash the curtains and vacuum under the hidden spaces. Spring cleaning represents new growth. As part of this growth, you are cleaning out the old and getting ready for the new. The new can be planting flowers, buying new outdoor furniture, taking up a new hobby or sport, making a new friend, or doing the things you wanted to do, but were not motivated to do in the winter.


When you clean and air out your home, you invite the "new air" in. This is a time to look at what you have with fresh eyes. Think about rearranging the furniture, using what you have in a different way or painting the walls a new color. Pick up a new book, browse the paper for spring events to attend, and be sure to step outside and see how the trees, beach, flowers, and shrubs have changed.


Getting ready for the new also applies to our thinking. It's time as part of this spring cleaning, to clean out the old attitudes, beliefs and thoughts that just don't serve you anymore. My friend and guest on my radio show Bill Irwin, says this, "Give those old unwanted thoughts just three seconds. Then do something else. Move or change your activity. If you can't do that, I say you really don't want to change. You want to "keep rolling in the cactus." This is good advice from the author of Blind Courage, who climbed the Appalachian Trial blind with his dog Orient. No blind person since him has made the thru-hike on the Appalachian Trial.


To do some internal spring cleaning, ask yourself, "What do I want to clean out and what do I want to bring in?" Here are some thoughts. Clean out the cupboards of your house and your mind. Get rid of items you no longer want and need and get rid of the thoughts you no longer want. Concentrate on bringing into your life joy, love, peace-of-mind, safety, comfort, appreciation, abundance, and order. Before you pick up a broom, vacuum cleaner or dust cloth, go around the house and do an inventory. Then picture how things will look and how you will feel when you have done your spring cleaning. And if you can, picture how you will feel when you have new fresh positive thoughts and attitudes. Freedom can be yours when you clean out the old and bring in the new - for good! Happy Spring! 


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