August 2013

paddleboarding During August we are still in the height of the summer.  Many of us go to the beach, enjoy boating and water sports or travel. This is a great time to visit friends and family and reconnect through outdoor activities. Wikipedia says that August is American Adventures Month and National Immunization Awareness Month among many others.  For me, August is often a lot of hello's and goodbye's, departures and arrivals, certainly a time of connection.  Get ready, fall is coming. Enjoy the rest of the summer! 


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Spotlight Guests for July

Lynda Adams-Robitaille and John Robitaille August 2nd  3:00/4:30pm ET
"Positive Business" on WPRV AM790
Lynda Adams Robitaille 
Tune in as Patricia interviews Lynda Adams-Robitaille, new Co-Host the first Friday of the month. Lynda Adams-Robitaille, an accomplished entrepreneur, small business owner, designer and artist. After years of working in the print and advertising industry, she founded LA Design where she coined the phrase "Livable Art" to describe her painted furniture, floor cloths, home decor and accessories. She became President and CEO of Perspective Communications Group, where she had formerly been Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She is now nearing the launch of her next venture, Wardrobe & Words, a consulting firm that will provide coaching and mentoring for professionals.

john_robitailleTune in as Patricia interviews John Robitaille, Executive Director of the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship at Johnson & Wales University. He is the founder of Perspective Communications Group, and is a motivational speaker who has spoken to a wide range of audiences on self-motivation, creativity and leadership. The Larry Friedman International Entrepreneurship Center uses a "transformation model" to encourage entrepreneurship in individuals while providing a full range of support for the commercialization of ideas for new products and services.
Paula Marshall August 3rd 3:00-4:00pm ET
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on WPRO AM630/99.7FM 
paula_marshall_2011Tune in as Patricia interviews Paula Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies and author of the new book, Finding the Soul of Big Business. The Bama Pie Company's story began in 1927 in the kitchen of Cornillia Alabama "Bama" Marshall, Paula Marshall's grandmother. This book is 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.
Paul Huljich August 12th 2:00pm ET
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on
Paul Huljich Tune in as Patricia interviews Paul Huljich, co-founder of Best Corporation, a pioneering organic foods company of which he was Chairman and Joint-CEO. After the company grew to more than $100 million, he eventually developed a number of severe stress-related conditions. Ultimately, he was diagnosed by several psychiatrists in 1998 as suffering from bipolar disorder as a result of years of unchecked stress. That year, he experienced a full nervous breakdown, losing his rights as a citizen and being made a ward of the state. Aided by exhaustive research, Huljich ultimately succeeded in mastering stress, overcoming his conditions and achieving a healthy, positive way of life by developing and implementing a nine-step overall wellness plan. Since 2000, Huljich has not taken any medication related to his conditions, suffered any relapse, nor needed any further treatment regarding any kind of mental illness. Huljich shares his personal story and path to recovery in Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution, 9 Natural Steps to Survive, Master Stress and Live Well.  He has been featured in Psychology Today, interviewed by more than 100 radio shows nationwide, had numerous television appearances and featured in more than 120 newspapers.


             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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Patricia's Co-Hosts

Lynda Adams Robitaille August 2 - Lynda Adams-Robitaille, Managing Partner at The Robitaille Group, founder of Wardrobe & Words consulting firm

August 9 - Lisa Bergeron, President of Leading Women Southeastern New England, offering innovative services and leadership programs.

gil_lantiniAugust 16 - Gil Lantini, Founder and President of Rhode Island Small 
Business Journal and President of Focus Business Solutions.

tuni_schartner_2012August 23 - Tuni Renaud Schartner, President of TRS Strategies, marketing consultant, Public Relations, Social Media and Event Planning professional 

August 30 - George Goens, speaker and national consultant on leadership and educational reform and author of "Letters on the Promise of Living". 

My sponsored guests are featured in the Newsletter below. For a complete listing of guests, please go to my website links for each station shows:

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Dr. Tadeusz Sztykowski
Saturday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 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. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1990, then opened his private practice and has treated over 15,000 patients with myriads of health conditions. His is author of Healthcare Dollars and Cents: How Classical Chinese Medicine Can Save Your Health and Your Company's Bottom Line.

kevin_leblanc Kevin LeBlanc
Saturday, August 17 3:00pm ET
Saturday, August 31 3:30pm ET
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 how you can beautifully and cost-effectively make changes in your home to enhance your comfort, style, and daily function. 

lauren_barham Loren Barham
Saturday, August 24 3:00pm ET
Tune is as Patricia interviews Loren Barham, owner of Loren Hope Designs. The Loren Hope collection offers an evolving line of upscale, contemporary, handcrafted jewelry and is often recognized by its rich, saturated colors in designs that channel a modern-vintage vibe. She will discuss starting a successful small business in Rhode Island.  
Lisa Milich
Saturday, August 24 3:30pm ET
lisa_milich Tune is as Patricia interviews Lisa Milich, Executive Vice President of Merchants Overseas and Founder and Director of Inspired Living, a leadership development, coaching and brand identity company dedicated to unleashing powerful, authentic women leaders in the world.  Today's professional women are literally exhausted from the frenzied, highly demanding age we live in and the constant pressures to live up to a success model that no longer works.  Sacrificing who they are and what they want is no longer tolerable.  Inspired Living offers a unique, holistic approach by helping women break the rules, reconnect to who they truly are and rediscover what they want so they can align their unique purpose with greater fulfillment, visibility and lucrative work. 
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Fridays 3-5pm ET

Doug Guilbert
Friday, August  16  3:30pm
Doug Guilbert Tune in as Patricia interviews Doug Guilbert, Executive Producer at OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., where he designs insurance programs that meets specific needs of business clients.  He will discuss guidance during a loss, financial services and commercial benefits programs and policies in the following areas: Boiler & Machinery, Business Owners Policies, Commercial Auto, Commercial Package Policies, Directors and Officers, Employment Practices, Environment, General Liability, Property, Umbrella, Worker's Compensation.
Eric Shorr
Friday, August 16 4:30pm ET
eric_shorr Tune in when Patricia interviews Eric Shorr, founder and president of PC Troubleshooters, which provides small to medium sized businesses technology consulting, solutions and support. Eric will discuss cloud computing and how business owners can incorporate it into their organizations for growth.  Celebrating their 20th Anniversary,  PC Troubleshooters specializes in providing customized-programs for each client including cloud computing solutions.
Sherri Ferretti
Friday, August 23 3:30pm ET
New England in Touch Tune in when Patricia interviews Sherri Ferretti, owner of New England in Touch, an answering service based in West Warwick, RI. New England in Touch was formed as a response to lackluster answering services. As a former member of corporate America, founder Sherri Ferretti, has more than 20 years of experience interacting with answering services, and in that time, she learned everything not to do. She will discuss how New England in Touch lets client focus on bringing up their business' bottom line,  gives businesses more time and energy to provide the best products and services to their customers and gets to know their client's needs in order to provide the most comprehensive services..Services include Radio dispatching, Wake-Up Calls, Appointment Confirmation, Online Client Access and 24-Hour Answering Services.
Brian Lamoureux
Friday, August 23 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.

paula_marshall_2011 Paula Marshall
Saturday, August 3 3:00-4:00pm ET
Tune is for the Success feature as Patricia interviews Paula Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies and author of the new book, Finding the Soul of Big Business. The Bama Pie Company's story began in 1927 in the kitchen of Cornillia Alabama "Bama" Marshall, Paula Marshall's grandmother. This book is 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.

michele_pelosi Dr. Michele Pelosi
Saturday, August 10 3:00pm ET
Tune is 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.

Dr. Zaheer Shah
Saturday, August 10 3:30pm ET
zaheer_shah Tune is as Patricia interviews Dr. Zaheer Shah, founder of Access Basic Care Initiative (ABC Initiative), a unique health membership program in North Smithfield and Pawtucket, RI that may just be a renaissance in healthcare. He will discuss what the program provides, including enrollment fee, unlimited scheduled appointments, prompt urgent care, unlimited sick visits, a comprehensive annual physical exam, flu shots, extensive laboratory testing, x-rays and affordable prescriptions.

Dr. James Greenblatt
Saturday, August 17 3:30pm ET
James_Greenblatt Tune is as Patricia interviews Dr. James Greenblatt, a dually board certified child and adult psychiatrist, is the founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatric practice in the Boston area. He is also the author of "Answers to Anorexia" and "The Breakthrough Depression Solution."Dr. Greenblatt will discuss nutritional interventions and medication for anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.

Cynthia Barlow
Saturday, August 31 3:00pm ET
Cynthia Barlow Tune is as Patricia interviews Cynthia Barlow, facilitator, author, speaker and coach, specializing in Emotional Intelligence, leadership development and trust building skills. After becoming a top program leader in the 90's for Context Associated, a U.S. personal development company, she branched out on her own in 1998 and founded Constellation Learning Inc. Her clients range from individual one-on-one coaching, to one-day workshops for smaller businesses, to multi-day programs for multi-million dollar companies, to leadership programs for multi-billion dollar behemoths. She has authored two books with her third, Threads of Silver, coming Fall 2013. Charming and cheeky, Cynthia engages her audiences quickly, inspiring them to look deeper, reach higher, and live larger.
Michael Conneely
Friday, August 2  3:30pm
michael_conneely Tune in as Patricia interviews Michael Conneely, owner of Callan Detective Agency of Nashua, New Hampshire. The agency provides discreet, practical, and thorough private investigation and surveillance services. Serving law firms, businesses, and individuals, they offer the commitment and expertise necessary to help you find what you are looking for-the facts. Whether you need civil surveillance or help with a criminal case, their detective services are in your corner.
Nancy Thomas
Friday, August 16  4:00pm
nancy_thomasTune in as Patricia interviews Nancy Thomas, president of Tapestry Communications, writer, public relations and marketing professional. Nancy will discuss effective ways to promote books, products or services in Rhode Island.  She has 25 years of proven success in communications, and customizes each project to the needs of her clients.  "Own your story....own your success" is her approach and mantra.

Kevin LeBlanc
Friday, August 23  3:00pm ET
kevin_leblanc Tune in when 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 renovating and creating commercial workspaces.
David Morganelli, CPA
Friday, August 23 3:30pm ET
RISCPA logo Tune in when Patricia interviews David Morganelli, CPA and attorney with Partridge, Snow & Hahn and member of RICPA. The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants is the statewide professional membership association exclusively for CPAs. RISCPA has a current membership of 1,933 individuals in public practice, in business and industry, in government, and in education. The Society is led by a 13-member Board of Directors, which includes five officers and 8 directors. The Certified Public Accounting profession serves the public interest and the free enterprise system. RISCPA was formed in 1905. The mission statement of the RISCPA is "The RI Society of CPAs enhances the image of the CPA profession and the success of our members through Education, Leadership and Advocacy."
George Goens
Friday, August 30 3:00-4:00pm ET
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".
Mark Lee and Karen Benz
Friday, August 30 4:00pm ET
karen_benz mark_lee Tune in when Patricia interviews Mark Lee and Karen Benz, Business Legacy Consultants. Mark D. Lee, CPA, MBA has a passion for helping business owners succeed in business and life. He provides a full range of consulting and financial services to his clients, with an emphasis on financial and operational strategies that maximize profits and cash flow, while minimizing taxes. Lee has extensive experience in business planning, evaluation of business systems and general management services for manufacturers, high technology, restaurants, and contractors. Karen Benz, MS, "Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst," specializes in business consulting, strategy and leadership development with an emphasis on improving individual and organizational performance. She has owned a consulting practice since 1996 working with clients in many industries including manufacturing, finance, hospitality, health care, and non-profits.
Radio Coaching/Offerings by Patricia

  Brand Yourself Through Radio

raskin_wpro Patricia Raskin now offering customized workshops to show you how honing your message for radio will get you more exposure. Refine your elevator pitch and gain more clients. Increase your revenues as other have who have been guests on her radio shows and other shows. Radio can give you another platform to deliver your message and stand out. Patricia has interviewed over 2,000 guests and she knows what works.

Are you looking to host your own radio show? 

That's one of Patricia's specialties. She will help you get on the air, stay on the air, find guests and sponsors. Write or call her for more information and check out her coaching brochure on the website!

Write or call Patricia for more information - [email protected] or 401.440.6299

Produced by Raskin Resources Productions, Inc.

The Dr. A Show will_aguila dr_a_show_logo_2013
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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, Leeza Gibbons, Dr. Maya Angelou, Michael Landon, Jr., Sherry Stringfield, Kevin Sorbo, Deirdre Hall, Dr. Michael Roizen, and Marci Shimoff.

The "Dr. A" show is heard in Eastern North Carolina on WTKF 107.1FM and WJNC 1240AM.  It is now heard on WTAN-AM1340, WDCF-AM1350 and WZHR-AM1400 in the Tampa Bay area. Tune in to

Lisa Tener - Award-winning book writing coach

Have you thought about writing a book?

I have someone I want you to meet-and a gift for you to help you write your book. lisa_tener

My friend Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach and published author who has helped aspiring authors just like you write a book and get published. Her clients include doctors, company presidents, coaches, professors, therapists, holistic practitioners, moms and others.

Many have gotten 5- and 6-figure book deals with major publishers, some self-published, and many clients have appeared on National TV: the CBS Early Show, CNN, Oprah, Good Morning America and, of course, on Positive Living Radio! Lisa's Bring Your Book to Life Program won the 2012 American Business Award's Silver Stevie Award for Best New Service of the Year-Media.

Lisa serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School continuing education course, and is a regular columnist on writing and publishing for the Huffington Post.

Many people wonder about how to get started with their book. Lisa's FREE AUTHOR TOOLKIT makes it easy. You'll receive Lisa's 7-day book writing e-course which includes:

    • Crucial advice on how to start
    • Powerful book writing exercises
    • A free subscription to Lisa's bi-weekly book writing & publishing news, tips, events and articles

You can get Lisa's complimentary author toolkit here. And feel free to contact Lisa to find out how she can support you in writing and publishing your book-a book you can be proud of and one that can make a difference in the world.

I've experienced Lisa's coaching first hand and she is so knowledgeable, creative, intuitive, and has a pulse on what works and what doesn't. She is also well-connected in the industry. I highly recommend Lisa. 

Senior Cinema Circle

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Are you fed up with violent, too intense, and crude films? 

The Senior Cinema Circle is dedicated to producing movies for an audience that is usually neglected by Hollywood. We are the only company completely focused on producing and distributing films that seniors will love, and remind them how capable and valuable they are.


Would you like to see more films being created for the senior audience? Consider these facts: 

  1. The senior age group is now, for the first time, the largest in terms of size and percent of the population in the US. 
  2. By 2015, people who are age 50 and above will represent 45% of the US population.
  3. The 55+ age group controls more than three-fouths of America's wealth.
  4. Boomers and seniors have a net worth three times that of all younger generations.

With these facts in mind, it's amazing that the senior audience would be so ignored by the film community. Please help us change that by being part of the "One Million Senior Voices" campaign.  Click here to fill out the survey that will be shared with executives throughout Hollywood. Join us in changing the way movies are made.

I interviewed James Twyman, President of Senior Cinema Circle. I support James' work to bring to the public more uplifting, inspirational, real-life and romantic movies that fill your heart with joy and love. 




Positively Speaking

Getting What You Really Want From Your Summer Travels patriciasitting

So many of us travel in the summer and here are some things to consider when planning your trip. Determine exactly why you are going. Is it to relax and distress? Is it to meet new people? Is it to enjoy your family? Is it to see a new place? Is it to visit friends/family? Next, what is important to you? Is it good food, fine dinning, outdoor activities, entertainment, quiet time, beautiful scenery, the arts, sports, or a combination of the above? From your list, choose your non-negotiables which are the things you must have in order to have your trip bring you what you need and want.

Even if you know there will be some inconveniences and compromises along the way, choose things to do that you enjoy and that will compensate for what you don't like. Do more of what you love when you are on vacation. If you love outdoor activities, do something everyday. If you love fine dinning, find special restaurants to suit your palate. If you love culture and the arts, seek out plays, theaters and museums.

Many tourist attractions here in Rhode Island draw visitors from around the world. Among them are WaterFire in Providence a seasonal, multi-sensory art installation that attracts 1 million people per year, the Newport Mansions, attracting nearly 800,000 visitors a year, Roger Williams Park Zoo named the "finest zoo in New England" by The Boston Globe, International Hall of Fame in Newport and Twin River Casino and Newport Grand Slots. I love the ocean and enjoyed it so much where it surrounded me on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina where I lived for 15 years. My favorite here in Rhode Island are the beaches, definitely among the most popular of all attractions with 400 miles of coastline and more than 100 salt and freshwater beaches.

There is a saying "Bloom where you are planted." Be a tourist right here. Spend a weekend visiting the local attractions and sites. Book a room in a hotel here on the beach and see what outsiders see.

Above all, do your research. Call and ask all of your questions. The answer to just on of your questions could make the difference between a positive and negative experience.

"Search for the Hidden Gems" is the title of a section in my book Pathfinding and it really applies here. I write, "Advertisers entice and reward you to buy something else to make you happy. TV commercials show you thousands of things to buy, guaranteed to bring fulfillment. Add the Internet, and you have millions of opportunities to purchase happiness and success. ...The message is the same: You will not be happy unless you buy something at the places you are told to go. How many times do you hear about a great store, therapist, book, restaurant that is not well known or advertised? It is often because the person or item hasn't been well promoted. My philosophy is to look for those people and places. They are the hidden gems and are usually not crowded or as harried as their commercial counterparts." Robert Frost the great American Poet wrote, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." So look for the "road" that suits you and don't compromise on your values. If you do that when you plan your travels, you will travel the road that makes all the difference for you.

We are in the height of the summer season. Enjoy! 


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