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Join myself, Margaret Jacobson, and my fabulous co-host Pamela Elaine Nichols, on The Mother Rising Radio Show formerly hosted on VoiceAmerica.

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Pamela Elaine Nichols

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November 20 – Grieving, Gratitude & New Traditions During The Holidays – Wrapping up our series on parenting during life challenges such as divorce through the holidays, Margaret Jacobson and Pamela Elaine, together, will delve into the more quiet and unspoken challenges experienced by many during the holiday season, as well as the wondrous opportunities for gratitude and the exciting creation of new traditions. Join them together in a fun filled informative hour that will no doubt bring laughter and enlightened views. They will also share with you their big changes for The Mother Rising show moving forward. Listen in!

About Margaret Jacobson and Pamela Elaine  Nichols– Both Margaret Jacobson of The Mother Rising and Pamela Elaine Nichols teamed up over these last shows that were hosted by Voice America to bring you relevant topics on moving through divorce.  To learn more about each of them click through on the links above.


November 13 – Controlling Child Support Chaos Throughout  The Holidays – The holidays can be the most challenging for divorce or divorcing couples. Custody agreements are challenged, child support conflicts arise, feelings get hurt and misunderstandings abound. Caught in between these dynamics are…well, you guessed it…our children. What child support issues do you need to resolve, and can you do so without causing chaos in your home? My guest, Tina C. Lawson, Esquire, will share practical advice, tips and suggestions on reducing the chaos that can certainly arise around child support during the holidays.

About Tina Lawson – Tina has been practicing law for twenty years specializing in
family law. Prior to going into private practice she worked as an assistant District Attorney in the Child Support Enforcement Unit of the District Attorneys Office working directly with the Domestic Relations section of Family Court. She also worked as Assistant City Solicitor in the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia and as Corporate Counsel for a local pharmaceutical company. Other areas of practice include Real Estate, Business Law and Taxes. She is a frequent guest speaker and currently teaches an entrepreneurial course on how to excel in business in Pennsylvania. She is the founder of the child support website .  Tina lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three children.

November 6 – Conflict Free & Memorable Holidays –  Holidays can be emotionally draining and, well…a dud. You may have your children on one holiday and not on the other. Arguments may break out between you and the dad. Can you manage your emotions and create happy holidays memories for your children and you? Managing your emotions and rising above conflict is a sign of strength and maturity. In fact, you can set the tone for a positive experience between you and your former by showing calm and self-confidence. Dr. Lauren Napolitano, Clinical Psychologist, will give you tips and strategies to create a happy and memorable holiday season for you and your family.

About Dr. Lauren Napolitano – Dr. Lauren Napolitano is a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr, PA.  As a clinical psychologist offering specialized services to individuals facing life stressors, Dr. Lauren empowers her clients to face their Lauren-Napolitano-PsyDchallenges, explore their options, and make decisions for themselves. Her approach is direct and action-oriented. Dr. Lauren believes that focusing on your life TODAY is more effective for stress reduction than exploring childhood issues. She believes that a warm smile and a sense of humor go a long way towards making people feel comfortable sharing their most private concerns. Dr. Lauren received her Master of Arts and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is a mother of two adorable girls, managing both their lives and a busy practice. Dr. Lauren’s goal is to help individuals overcome their current challenges and find a route to a happier, more satisfying life.


October 30 – Happy Holidays Children, I’m Dating! – Do you find yourself dating the same kind of guy over and over again? Today’s show is the finale of our month-long theme, “Relationship Reflection.”
We wrap up “relationship reflection” by exploring how you re-enter dating after divorce and for some, being single many years; and, when NOT to break the news to your children and family. My guest, Dr. Monica Mandell, will offer insight about mothers dating, particularly with the holidays upon us.

About Dr. Monica Mandell – Dr. Mandell is the Philadelphia region’s foremost monicaMandellrelationship consultant who knows how people tick. Dr. Mandell uses her innate understanding of how men and women relate to one another to create successful matches and offer ongoing consultation. An expert on relationships and dating, Dr. Mandell earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University, and has been featured on numerous Philadelphia-based radio and TV shows including: 6ABC’s FYI Philly, Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, The CW Philly, CBS 3 and WIP Radio, among other media outlets. Her insights on various lifestyle related topics can be found in her contributions to The Huffington Post. A sought-after guest speaker on relationships, love and matters of the heart, Dr. Mandell lectures across the region and around the country. Her close ties to the Philadelphia area date back to her days at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Mandell is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Psychology, as well as Villanova University with an MS in Counseling and Human Relations.

October 23 – Goodbye Fear – Hello Self-Confidence – Is FEAR a dictator in your relationship with your spouse/ex-spouse/soon-to-be-ex spouse? How does FEAR make you feel: Empowered or inadequate? In control or out of control? Important or insignificant? Active or paralyzed??? Hmmmm…..Today’s show is a continuation of our theme, “Relationship Reflection.” The title of today’s show is “Goodbye Fear. Hello Self-Confidence!” Today, we will explore the topic of OVERCOMING FEAR IN RELATIONSHIPS AND FINDING SELF-CONFIDENCE IN DIVORCE.

About Adina Laver – Currently, as founder of Divorce Essentials, LLC, Adina Adina Laverleverages more than 20 years experience in change management, organizational leadership, education, and training in her work with clients and industry professionals. As a coach, she works with individuals and couples who are considering, pursuing or emerging from divorce and are committed to pursuing a healthy path to a positive future. As a speaker, Adina is well-known for her expertise in guiding individuals and organizations through uncomfortable periods of change to realize extraordinary results. Adina recently released “The Divorce Companion”, a ground-breaking, multi-media program that supports individuals and couples in navigating the divorce process in a healthy way.

October 16 – A Father Reflects on Love And Divorce – We continue our series on RELATIONSHIP REFLECTION. While The Mother Rising is a radio show celebrating the growth and transformation of women through divorce, what does a father have to say about growth and transformation? In this episode, Tommy Maloney, father and author will share his reflection on love and divorce. He will also step into the shoes of a mother and share his thoughts, tips and secrets that many mothers never thought a man felt.

About Tommy Maloney – First and foremost Tommy Maloney is a dad, a position TommyMalonethat is near and dear to his heart as a father to his 11-year-old son Connor and to his two “bonus” daughters, Betsy age 17 and Becca age 12. In 2011, Tommy’s book 25 Tips for Divorced Dads: How to create special memories and grow your bonds with your children was published along with a coloring book that Becca and Connor wrote: Ten tips on how to survive your parents divorce. Today, not only is Tommy building a speaking and coaching business but about to embark on a new opportunity along with his wife Ann, as they are certified Cooperative Kids parenting instructors. Prior to moving to the state of Colorado, Tommy worked as a radio morning show producer, on air talent, and stunt boy in his 10-year radio career. Tommy is originally from Chicago and, yes folks, he is a life long Cub fan, more importantly a Blackhawks fan. Since 1997, Tommy has worked as a corporate IT software trainer with companies such as Dish Network, Dr. Pepper, State Farm and most recently United Airlines. In Tommy’s free time he still enjoys playing and coaching hockey and has been a certified USA Hockey coach going on his fourth year.

October 2 – I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found – Did you lose yourself/your voice during your marriage? Were you blinded by divorce? Were you blind to the signs that the marriage was not healthy? Are you ready to find yourself again and re-define who you are or want to be? “Amazing Grace” is a beautiful song about being lost and then found. The words were written by John Newton before his death in 1807.

The Reverend John Newton was a former slave ship captain. He needed a song that would inspire the workers, but that would also inspire himself during an unexpected and almost sudden annihilation of the slaves, crew members and himself. All were about to be LOST at sea. Margaret Jacobson will share her story of being lost, only to find herself again. She offers you tips to find who you really are, and how beautiful self-discovery can be.

About Margaret Jacobson (The Mother of The Mother Rising) – After 17 years of marriage and 3 children, Margaret Jacobson divorced. The process and the pain of discovering that divorce was her best choice were arduous. Margaret had to summon the strength to haul her booty out of View More: ex’s family home and commute 60 miles each day to see her children. Through her personal transformation, Margaret created a well-rounded approach to empowering herself through mental, physical, emotional and spiritual behavior changes. She has a BA in Neuroscience, and a MA in Health Services Administration. Margaret is a certified Wellness Coach and has completed a 2-year women’s empowerment program in the Dianic Aloha tradition. At present, Margaret is Acting Minister of the Interior of YAO Company, a company that provides pure simple Chinese medicine for those who want a holistic approach to health and wellness. Margaret regularly writes for The Mother Rising blog, and the YourTango Experts page. Margaret is our very own creator of The Mother Rising radio show!


September 25 – Conflict is Misunderstood Difference – Think about your marriage – whether you are contemplating divorce, in the heat of divorce, or already through divorce. Did YOUR way of communicating with your spouse bring conflict or calm? Max Rivers is a marriage mediator who teaches NVC (non-violent communication). He defines “conflict” as “misunderstood difference,” and believes that marriage (as well as most relationships) is defined by difference. Our psyche selects a person with a specific difference from us, one that complements our strengths with the other person’s (so accountants are attracted to ballet dancers because their life already contains both rational, timely functioning and then their spouse adds in spontaneity and beauty). If you know how to practice non-violent communication, you get the benefit of this difference. If not, you get conflict. Learn how to enhance your relationship with your current or former spouse and enjoy the intimacy and reconciliation it can bring.

About Max Rivers – Max Rivers is a Non-Violent Communication (NVC) trainer. He is the lead mediator at where he is a professional couple’s mediator. Max Rivers turned his extensive experience mediating in small claims court into a private practice focused on helping couples learn how to get the benefit of their differences in a six session process.

September 18 – Self-Care and Reclaiming Yourself Post-Divorce – How do you rebuild your life after divorce rips it apart? Through self-care! Yes, taking care of your mental, physical and emotional life can help you rebuild, restore, and reflect. Divorce does not have to leave you hopeless in the rubble. Take what you have left and build from there! In this episode, you will meet Leila Reyes who rebuilt her broken life and now is stronger than ever.

About Leila Reyes – Divine Purpose Unleashed – Leila Reyes is an international coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, and expert contributor for, one of the leading online LeilaReyesrelationship resources. She has a degree in psychology, holds a current international coach federation certification, and is a master certified integrative coach. Leila’s clients seek her out for her deep listening and non-judgmental compassion that creates openings in, not only their hearts but, every aspect of their lives. Leila has been helping men and women through divorce since 2006 and, she can help you transform your heartache into your greatest gifts. She helps you reconnect with yourself and integrate your experiences to reach new heights of compassion, forgiveness, and possibility for your future. Leila can help you heal your heart, regain your power, and create a life filled with passion and deep meaning

September 11 –Self Care Through Self Coaching: Creating a Method To Pushing Forward While You Are Immersed In The Madness of Your Life Challenge  – How do you create a life that supports steady, consistent long lasting change that gets you to the life you know you can have? We are extending our self-care series and exploring the power of self-coaching to wellness Margaret Moore, also known as Coach Meg, founder of Wellcoaches Corporation and author of “Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain To Get More Done In Less Time” will teach us foundational principles to propel us on our path the life we long to live. This show is for everyone who is struggling with the feeling that they are getting two steps forward and then take 3 steps back. Those days when you may feel overwhelmed by the tasks related to your life crisis be that divorce, loss of a spouse, a health challenge or more. Self-coaching and understanding the methodology behind it will empower you to take your transformation into your own hands and move yourself ever forward.

About Coach Meg – Margaret Moore also known as Coach Meg. Coach Meg is a 17-year veteran of the coachmeg_headshotbiotechnology industry in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and France. She served in executive roles at three companies which later joined Sanofi, and served as CEO and COO of two early stage biotech companies. In 2000, Coach Meg shifted from high tech medicine to build the field of coaching in healthcare and wellness, and founded Wellcoaches Corporation – strategic partner of the American College of Sports Medicine, now a standard-bearer for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness. The Wellcoaches School of Coaching has trained more than 8,000 health and wellness coaches in 45 countries. Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and co- course director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. Coach Meg is also the co-Author of the book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life.

September 4 – Know Your Finances, Own Your Future. – Are you taking care of or ignoring your finances? Did you know women face unique challenges in our financial lives, particularly women divorced and divorcing? Women live longer, earn less and spend more time outside the workforce. As we age, financial stability becomes increasingly important as more of our working years are behind us. If you know your finances and plan smartly, you can own (or control) your financial future and live successfully.

About Laurie Fried, New Leaf Financial Advisory – Laurie Fried knows how to make individuals financially independent. Her background is extensive and impressive. With a successful career over of 20 years in structured finance as her foundation, Laurie now uses her professional experience and skills to help stabilize individuals and families facing times of change. She has broad technical knowledge in finance including underwriting, asset valuation, risk management, real estate and deal structure. She has held leadership positions in some of America’s top financial firms such as Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith; Senior Financial Consultant at Wells Fargo Bank; and analyst at J.P. Morgan. Laurie Fried holds an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. She is a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics; a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst; Member of the Institute For Divorce Financial Analysts; and, a member of the California Bar Association, Family Law Section.


August 28 – Unwinding and Reconnecting to Self Through Walking The Path of The Labyrinth – Do you find that turning your mind off while sitting still in meditation is a challenge, but know that calming the repetitive thoughts is a must in your self-care regimen? Join Margaret Jacobson and Pamela Elaine on their fourth show in the August Self-Care Series, where Nancy Thiel-Voogd, founder and care-taker of the Triple Spiral Labyrinth and owner of Spiral Vision will teach us not only about the powerful tool of the labyrinth in realigning our authentic self and thought patterns, but also about how our walk within the labyrinth can be used as a metaphor. In addition, Nancy will share her sacred story of the creation of the Triple Spiral Labyrinth on her property in Bonny Doon, CA.

About Nancy Thiel-Voogd – Nancy is the Co-Creator and Caretaker of the Triple Spiral Labyrinth on her img_6753property in Bonny Doon, CA. She is frequently commissioned to build labyrinths and offers her labyrinth for rituals, as well as leads labyrinth walks and reflections. When Nancy discovered the triple spiral walking pattern in early 2011, she was already enjoying a decades long singing career, was immersed in life coaching training, and raising two teenagers with her husband, Mark. Life was full to overflowing, and still it was as if everything was leading to this moment, revealing her devotion to walking and sharing this path. Nancy’s ability to deeply listen, hold stillness, and speak for the labyrinth creates a powerful experience for all those who walk her labyrinth or commission one on their land. She delights in sharing the triple spiral and is continually amazed as the labyrinth awakens people to what they most want to know and experience.

August 21  Change Your Space. Change Your Life – Did you know that your relationship to your space is a powerful, often neglected aspect of being a woman? The spaces we live in are visible, livable metaphors for our inner worlds. They reflect our beliefs, our priorities, our relationships. When we are in an unconscious relationship with our space, our homes may mirror things that no longer serve us: outdated versions of ourselves, unhealthy priorities, stuck-ness, unhappiness. Despite our best efforts to grow, our homes keep us tethered to exactly what we’re longing to leave behind. Our spaces can literally block us from visioning our new lives. Ready for a fresh start? Create a home for your new life. Feeling drab, bored or miserable? Consider using color as medicine. Grieving a loss? Create a cocoon for healing. Feeling confused? Make space for focused clarity. Longing for more vibrancy? Infuse your home with a sense of celebration.

About Rebecca McLaughlin – Rebecca McLoughlin is an Interior Life Designer. She guides people paigegreenRebeccaLewis53013-157through life transformations by helping them create a new, more meaningful and authentic relationship with themselves and their space. Rebecca believes that the most challenging cycles of life offer the most potent opportunities to grow into the fullest, deepest, richest versions of ourselves. Using her therapeutic training, she guides individuals through the emotional aspects transforming their lives. Through skilled questioning and deep listening, Rebecca helps you discover what you want, and clarify who you are in the world so you can surround yourself with your own beauty.

August 14  Finding That Special Someone Called YOU! – Are you looking for that perfect someone post-divorce or post-severing of a long term relationship? A relationship that will be THE ONE to complete you? Look no further. Rachel Buddeberg of Your Life Is A Garden will be joining The Mother Rising for our second episode on Self-Care for the month of August where she will help us to learn to develop a loving, trusting and long-lasting relationship with YOU. Rachel will share with us new insights into “singlism” and “couplemania” as well as how to diffuse cultural messages that tell us we can only be happy, healthy and wealthy within a couple.

About Rachel Buddeburg – Rachel A. Buddeberg empowers people to create relationships arachel_buddebergs unique as they are as individuals. She provides tools that bring intentionality to relationships and counteract cultural norms and past patterns that might get in the way of fulfilling connections. As a relationship coach, she offers one-on-one coaching and workshops to guide participants through an iterative design process. This allows them to build sustainability and fun into their relationships, no matter what their level of intimacy. She combines training in permaculture, compassionate communication (NVC), philosophy, social psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology into skillful guidance to support change. Everything she teaches is grounded in science and was first implemented into her own life, so her methods are well tested in the real world. To find out more about her work, please check out her website at

August 7 – Powerful and Feminine: Finding Your Center Through Feminine Presence – Now that you are recreating yourself anew, how do you express your newly forming powerful presence to your old community and the new one you are creating? How do you bring your powerful femininity to the dating arena? In this first show in The Mother Rising’s August series on Self-Care I will talk to Rachael Jayne Groover author of Powerful and Feminine and Founder of The Art of Feminine Presence. Rachael Jayne’s experience in the dating arena and as a performer has allowed her to look at how to employ natural ways of being in a woman’s body…being in our true femininity. Instead of forcing an unnatural way of expressing power in ways society has shown us that are very masculine, we will learn that relaxing into our femininity not only cares for ourselves and who we are as women, but also cares for ourselves as individuals. Her techniques transform how we attract new love, new careers, new clients and MORE!

About Rachael Jayne Groover: Rachael Jayne Groover is the author of the best-selling book image001“Powerful and Feminine: How to Increase your Magnetic Presence and Attract the Attention You Want.” As an accomplished singer/songwriter from Australia, Rachael Jayne was most fascinated with why some performers had an incredible stage presence, while others, who might have been technically brilliant, did not. She realized that anyone could learn the key factors that create “stage presence” in a performer, and use them to stand out, be seen, and inspire others in any situation. Overcoming stage-fright and enormous fear of rejection, she became an award-winning vocalist, before making the leap to live in the USA and becoming an inspirational speaker and personal development trainer. She now travels the world teaching women how to increase their personal presence, their feminine energy, and their vocal power, so they can walk into any room and be seen and heard in the way they want

July 31 –  Special Encore Presentation – Empowering Yourself In the Face of The Narcissist, AKA Emotional Vampire – In this episode, I will be joined by leading expert and author six times over, Albert Bernstein, PhD who will be discussing his upcoming book, “To Fight Vampires, You Need The Calm Of A Jedi Knight And The Chutzpah Of A Jewish Mother.” Dr. Bernstein is well known for teaching people to confront difficult and frightening situations with wit, wisdom, grace and liberal doses of humor. He is an expert in his field at detailing how to spot emotionally draining relationships and how to navigate them with clarity in ways that empower the person being “sucked dry” by those with vampire like tendencies. If you are dealing with an emotional vampire or someone with possibly narcissistic or psychopathic tendencies and you are getting bowled over, you need to listen to this episode!

About Albert Bernstein, PhD: Albert Bernstein, PhD is a clinical psychologist, Business Consultantal 033ci and author of: “Dinosaur Brains, “Emotional Vampires”, “Emotional Vampires in The Work Place” , “How to Deal With Emotionally Explosive People”, “Neanderthals at Work” ,“Sacred Bull”, and “Am I the Only Sane One”. In addition he is author to his upcoming book: “To Fight Vampires, You Need the Calm of A Jedi Knight And The Chutzpah Of A Jewish Mother.” Dr. Bernstein is well known for teaching people to confront difficult and frightening situations with wit, wisdom, grace and liberal doses of humor. He is an expert in his field at detailing how to spot emotionally draining relationships and how to navigate them with clarity in ways that empower the person being “sucked dry” by those with vampire like tendencies.


July 24, 2014 – Yes, Yes, Yes!: Sexual Play, Pleasure, & Preventions As You Heat Things Up Post-Divorce – It’s time to experience sexual intimacy once again post-divorce, post-long term break up or  even post-death of a spouse.  Yes, yes, yes, it is time to feel pleasure once again or maybe for the first time? Join Margaret and Kate McCombs as they explore ways to discover sexual pleasure as well as discuss big issues like pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infections. Kate is also going to share with The Mother Rising listeners some fabulous strategies for sexual communication on a date and in the bedroom! You are not going to want to miss this show!

About Kate: Kate McCombs is a NYC-based sex educator, writer, and maker of puns. Kate McCombs photo 300x500Ultimately, all of Kate’s work is about helping people feel more comfortable talking about sex. She believes that meaningful conversations + accurate information can help us create a healthier and more pleasure-filled world. To that end, she writes articles and teaches workshops about sexual health, pleasure, and communication. Kate received her MPH in Australia and learned from renowned sexual health researchers. She was fortunate to have studied sexual health in a country where harm-reduction programs were paramount and universal healthcare was present.  To her surprise, she also learned that kangaroos have 3 vaginas and koala can get chlamydia! To hear more from Kate, sign up for her newsletter at or follow her on Twitter @katecom

July 17, 2014 – Post-Divorce Dating Nerves:  Re-Framing Dating Fears & Understanding Dating as Self-Discovery- While dating after divorce is exciting, it can also be overwhelming.  We can stop ourselves in our tracks, freeze up and decide to call it a night and watch another episode on Netflix curled up on the couch.  But we know getting out there and meeting people is fun, interesting and ultimately can create a possibly very deep companionship in our lives.  So how do we get beyond our self-imposed dating fears and reframe dating as a opportunity for fun, play, and self-discovery?  How can we trust again? Ultimately, we have to love and trust ourselves first.  Join Margaret and her fellow Your Tango Expert Anabelle Bugatti for an episode of a real deal in the trenches look at dating! (read our jointly written article as well)

About Anabelle: Anabelle Bugatti, a Southern California native, earned a Anabelle_009 copybachelors degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011 and began her graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University in Southern California before moving to New York City and completing her Master of Science of degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Long Island University, CW Post. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor with experience in substance abuse counseling and a specialization in couple’s work. Anabelle is also an ordained wedding officiant in the state of New York where she performed wedding ceremonies for hundreds of couples. She is currently working on her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University and is an instructor of psychology at Nevada State College in Henderson, NV. She is a contributing expert to the online community at and says that her own experience with divorce, dating and remarriage gave her a passion for wanting to help couples in crisis.

July 10, 2014 – Preparing for Your First Date Post-Divorce: Everything You Need to Know and Feel Getting Started Again – Join Margaret and her fellow Your Tango Experts in the FIRST of The Mother Rising’s July series on Dating After Divorce.  Judith Tutin, author/licensed Psychologist, and Cindy Holbrook, Certified Divorce Coach, will be exploring with Margaret everything you will need to know to prepare both mentally and emotionally as well as physically to head out on your first date!  Yes, there is new life after divorce and romance and play are big partners in finding it! Can you imagine that first kiss?  Ah to enjoy again. Don’t miss this titillating episode.

About Judith:  Dr. Judith Tutin is a certified life coach and licensed Judith Tutin Picpsychologist in Rome, GA. She provides services for post-divorce survival, relationship enhancement, wellness, work-life balance, and living a happy and fulfilled life. She has a passion for the issues single, professional parents face when they juggle children, careers and their social lives. You can connect with her on her website,, where you will also find links to her post-divorce and positive psychology blogs. She recently completed an e-book, The Post-Divorce Survival Guide. Tools For Your Journey, available on Amazon.

About Cindy: Cindy Holbrook is a certified divorce coach supporting women throughout the five stages of grief in their divorce recovery so that they canCindy007F-4x5 heal and move forward with peace, confidence and clarity. Cindy has helped thousands of women find peace and clarity during and after their divorce. She walks along side of her clients as they rediscover their identity as a single woman and forge ahead in life with a new-found hope and assurance. She draws upon her personal experience of divorcing after being in a mentally abusive marriage for 20 years as well as that of thousands of the clients she served while working in social services and in her private practice. Holbrook is a public speaker and author. She has been interviewed on several radio shows and webinars. She holds degrees in social services and psychology. You can discover her at:

JULY 3, 2014 – THE FREEDOM SHOWThe Anniversary Show (Ex-Aversary, that is) – Keys to Understanding Your Freedoms In The Face of Adversitymar-small– Join Margaret on what would have been her 21st wedding anniversary. That’s right! This Show actually falls on what would have been her anniversary. Highlighted here will be Margaret’s personal reflections on ways to celebrate your anniversary when you are in the midst of divorce or even post-divorce, what to do with your wedding ring, and other related topics. In addition, and in light of America’s Independence Day on July 4th, Margaret will inspire you to take that spiritual eye view and understand marriage, divorce, FREEDOM and choice. You won’t want to miss this powerful episode.


June 26, 2014 – We See That Light Bursting From Within You: You Are A Resilient Beauty Destined For Greatness – PEN 3Amidst that rubble so well described by Kate, we find glorious women like Pamela Elaine Nichols.  As Pamela will share, many of us within our marriage, looked like everything was altogether when truly we were falling apart.  Hear Pamela’s story and probably parts of mine as well! Discover how to find and then connect with that spark within…that little flicker of a flame that knows YOU CAN DO THIS even when your rational mind says you can’t.  How to begin opening to the mini-inspirations that surround you and create ways that lead you along your path to becoming the resilient beauty that you are.

About Pamela Elaine: Pamela is a mother of four children who, like many mothers, put the wants and needs of others first and ignored her own. She created a personal system to prioritize her needs and wants while effectively caring for her children, and teaches other mothers how to do the same. Pamela Elaine mixes her motherhood experiences, health care career, and life lessons into a business that teaches women how to create health and happiness in their lives. Through Destined for Greatness Enterprises, Inc., Pamela Elaine inspires women through motivational speaking, her “how-to” workbooks, and wellness coaching. Specific motivational topics include: “Get Your Body Back and Your Health on Track”, “Stop Eating Your Health Away”, “Resilience: How Inner And Outer Beauty Can Help You Bounce Back From Life’s Set-Backs”, Discover Your Destiny”, and “Muddy High Heels”. Pamela Elaine offers her expertise to groups, organizations, corporations and individuals. 

June 19, 2014 – Rockin’ Single Motherhood: Clear the Rubble, Set the Foundation, Build a new House & Rock Your New LifeIMG_3291RT_CROP – This show is going to pick you up from the cold murky puddles of tears, trauma and drama of divorce and give you that loving nudge on your path to a new beginning.  Joined by Kate Anthony in the third in THE NEW YOU series on The Mother Rising, we tackle tried and true methods of self-assessment and self-healing.  Really…learning to love yourself…ways to connect, tap in and create a relationship with YOU that increases your self-esteem, preparing you for your next adventures in your exciting journey of LIFE!

About Kate: Kate Anthony is an international best-selling author and owner of Kate Anthony’s Guide to Rockin’ Single Motherhood, a full-service coaching business that offers guidance and support to Single Moms everywhere. Whether you have full custody, a 50/50 split, a good relationship with your ex or none at all, work full-time or part-time, Kate can assist in your transformation to ROCK Single Motherhood. Kate’s biggest passion in life is helping other Single Moms weed through all the craziness of what this new life has to offer and find within themselves the amazing, powerful and relentless superheroes that they truly are. Kate is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach* (CPCC), trained and certified by the world-renowned Coaches Training Institute. She is also trained in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching by The Center for Right Relationship. She is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her son, two pups and a handful of fish.

June 12, 2014 – Does Your Wardrobe Reflect Your Old Life Pre-Divorce Or Other Life Challenge?MV_FacebookBanner1 (4) Learn Your Authentic Style With Michelle Vos: This episode is going to perk you up and drain your drab.  Michelle Vos will speak to how to get that newer stronger empowered you that you feel emerging on the inside, reflecting on the outside.  Her incredible skill as a style expert and ability to connect deeper on a spiritual level will be a whole new approach to style that you’ve never experienced, and you will come out of this interview knowing both why things weren’t working for you in your clothing and some quickie basics on how to begin touching into your authentic style.  Let this episode inspire a little clutter clearing in your closet and enlivening your experience interacting with the new and old people in your life in a way that shares the true YOU! The one that is reaching for more joy and love and freedom!  

About Michelle:  Michelle Vos is the creator of the Authentic Signature Style™ process, and is a master at tapping into who you are, and how to have others “get you,” your value, and your credibility. As a Certified Coach, Personal Stylist, Personal Branding Strategist and Speaker she helps women step into their NEW life with greater presence, purpose and clarity. With clients in 13 countries Michelle’s Authentic Style work attracts women who often (quietly) admit they know they are meant for big things. The next step in their evolution is to examine not only their wardrobe, but to increase the powerful energy they radiate so their ideal clients, perfect mate, or circle of influence see and hear their authenticity clearly and immediately. OR

June 5, 2014: Find Your Friggin Joy!: Creating The New You Post Divorce Using Ancient BOOK_Belinda_for_FYFJHawaiian Teachings With Belinda Farrell – Meet author, actress, race-car driver, and divorcé Belinda Farrell.  Belinda will join me in sharing key pieces of her story from her book titled Find Your Friggin’ Joy where she details several of her more recent big life challenges of self-healing her herniated disc and surviving the suicide of her only son.  Belinda has recreated her life many times over physically, financially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Her deep learning of Huna and Reconnective Healling have been compiled into her beautifully written book.  Her inspirational life and teachings will empower all those going through big life challenges.

About Belinda: Belinda Farrell, author of the book Find Your Friggin’ Joy, graduated with a BA in Spanish and English from the University of California at Berkeley and is trained in hypnotherapy, past life regression, NLP, Hawaiian chanting, and ancient Hawaiian healing (Huna). Belinda trained with Anthony Robbins (author of Unlimited Power) and has effectively used these skills in her own life. She has completed 18 firewalks. When Belinda was forty-eight, she collapsed with herniated discs and spinal nerve damage. Threatened with paralysis by her medical doctors if she didn’t have surgery, Belinda instead chose to apply the ancient Hawaiian healing practices she had been learning the previous three years, which are covered in this book. Her back completely healed, including childhood scoliosis. For 15 years she has been sharing these healing practices with others, offering Reconnective Healing and Huna classes and taking clients to Hawaii to teach Huna and swim with wild spinner dolphins.

May 29, 2014: Answering Your Burning Questions: Both the Top MOST Talked About & LEAST Discussed Issues In Separation & Divorce
Show Description:
Thank you beautiful Rising Community for sending so many fabulous mar-smallquestions my way over the past weeks. In this show, I will be both answering the questions you have put forth as well as gleaning for you the TOP most written and talked about issues of divorced as well as the TOP LEAST discussed issues of divorce.  The shadow and the light baby! And with Mercury heading into retrograde on June 7th…let’s put a few of these things straight! Topics to be covered are friendships, self-medicating, self-love, trust, & more.  I’m also excited to introduce the fresh new spread of seasonal topics that will be unfolding over the coming months on The Mother Rising. Join Me!

May 22, 2014 – Touch and intimacy is a vital human interaction and the lack of it in one’s life can lead to deep levelsIMG_0116 of isolation and loneliness; however, the circumstances of separation and divorce can be barriers to receiving adequate touch and the comfort and love experienced during intimacy. Join me with Lia Prusha in our discussions of ways to access touch in a seemingly bleak environment, considerations of self discovery through self-pleasure, the importance of engaging fantasy, harnessing the power of pleasure to begin rewiring your neural patterning for the positive new life you are creating AND…those helpful reminders of safe sex and unwanted pregnancies as you enter back into the dating field. This is a SHAME free zone! Sensuous, juicy and hitting the hard notes of reality…it’s going to be fabulous!

About Lia: Lia works with individuals, couples and families in the Silicon Valley of Northern California. Versed in a variety of lifestyles, relationship/family configurations and parenting styles, Lia strives to provide a safe space for a diverse population to work through issues in psychotherapy. Beginning her career as a clinical hypnotherapist in private practice helping people lose weight and quit smoking, Lia went on to attend Pacifica Graduate Institute, earning her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with emphasis on Depth Psychology. As a Depth-oriented psychotherapist, Lia collaborates with patients to move forward in current relationships and make empowering life decisions by examining deeper roots behind negative behavioral patterns and self-detrimental beliefs. A sex educator certified through San Francisco Sex Information, Lia works with couples and individuals to overcome sexual issues. She works with a variety of presenting issues, including divorce, blended families, work/ life balance, and adult children of dysfunctional families-of-origin.

May 15, 2014Taking it from 60 to Zero: Anger Management for All Stages of Divorce – Ari Novick will join me to discuss the emotion of anger.  Anger is an emotion that we pic_arinovick300 (1)don’t always want to admit that we experience.  It is in a sense, “the ugly emotion”. Anger can be exteremely disruptive and destructive especially during times of life turmoil such as separation and divorce.  It can lead to long drawn out courtroom battles, nasty behavior to the other spouse/partner and can also be exhibited in front of the children which can be scary and damaging.  However Ari will share with us how we can embrace anger and work with the sensations to begin and create new response patterns that allow for strong and fruitful relationships throughout our life but especially during stressful situations like divorce!

About Ari:  Ari Novick, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Anger Management Professional and trainer in the Lost Angeles, CA area.  He has a Bachelors degree in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara; a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University; and a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute. Over the last six years, Novick has focused his career in psychology and has a specialization in anger and stress management. Dr. Novick was also an adjunct professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2007. Dr. Novick started the AJ Novick Group for Anger and Stress Management to meet the demand for these services. With the economy and other environmental factors contributing to the stress of daily life, Novick realized there has been an increased need for resources to manage stress and anger more effectively. Novick founded the AJ Novick Group to meet the needs of our community and to offer quality education and training to individuals who can utilize these skills. Novick has also been trained in drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention, socialization skills, legal awareness, communication and problem solving techniques, conflict management and resolution, assertion training, and is a certified anger management facilitator and trainer.

May 8, 2014 – Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash  – Lisa Joyce Goes of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution photowill join me to discuss her personal experience with the life challenge of having a child with iatrogenic autism, how she has found both strength and courage to stand up against the medical establishment. We will also discuss the very high rate of divorce within the autism community. I can’t wait to talk with Lisa. She is a huge inspiration to me in how she constantly speaks her mind, and is fearless in her spoken and written word!

About Lisa:  Lisa Joyce Goes is co-cofounder of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution social thought movement, and co-author of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution book. She recently stepped down from her position as vice president of public relations for the Thinking Moms’ to act as Board President for Team TMR,  a nonprofit seeking to assist parents in search of services and treatment for their children with iatrogenic autism and environmental illness. She is a Contributing editor to the Age of Autism and a human rights panelist for the Academy of Excellence in Learning in the south Chicago suburbs. She resides in Illinois with her husband, Dave and their three children.

May 1, 2014 –Vampires Suck! Practical Tips & Scenarios for Dealing with Emotional Vampires/Narcissists – Hosted by Margaret

Last week’s show with author of “Emotional Vampires,” Al Bernstein was just mar-smallthe tip of the iceberg for assisting those of us who have been hypnotized by vampires in creating an awareness of how they function.  This show will be for everyone who wants to get into the nitty gritty everyday scenarios as to how they work especially in the arena of a dismantling relationship.  Both understanding how they work and learning some strategies for keeping the vampires at bay will save you vast amounts of emotional drain.

April 24, 2014 – Empowering Yourself In the Face of The Narcissist, AKA Emotional Vampire 

al 033ciDealing With People Who Drain You Dry”. We will be discussing Dr. Bernstein’s book in the context of dealing with ex spouses, soon to be exes or challenging partners and co-parents!  Dr. Bernstein is sure to provide us with some fabulous techniques for spotting when we are being energetically drained by these vampires and some techniques on creating boundaries that cut off the drain and encourage the development of our self-esteem and ultimate empowerment.

About Al:  Albert J. Bernstein, Ph. D. is the author of Emotional Vampires at Work Am I the Only Sane One Working Here? How To Deal With Emotionally Explosive People,Dinosaur Brains, Emotional Vampires, Neanderthals at Work, and Sacred Bull.  A clinical psychologist, speaker, columnist, and business consultant, Dr. Bernstein is well known for teaching people to confront difficult and frightening situations with wit, wisdom, grace, and liberal doses of humor. Al lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Luahna and their children, Jessica and Josh

April 17, 2014 – Joseph Sorge, Director and Author of Divorce Corp. theJoseph Sorge book and documentary film! We will be discussing these very interesting and revealing works. So excited to do this interview as both the book and the film creates an alarming wake up call for America’s Family Courts, yet also inspires creative change and hope for alternatives!

About Joseph: Dr. Sorge is a first time writer/director who became interested in the subject of divorce after experiencing firsthand the complexities of the family law system. Although his personal experience was less devastating than that of the film’s victims, he spent countless days in family court witnessing the callous, inefficient, and biased manner in which the court, and its associated professionals, treated average citizens. Before he began writing and filmmaking, Joseph earned a B.S. degree from M.I.T., and an M.D degree from Harvard, was a professor of molecular biology at The Scripps Research Institute, and founded a biotechnology company, Stratagene, which he took public and later sold to a large medical supply company.

April 10, 2014 – Foundations for Creating Self-Esteem  -Hosted by Margaret

Show Description:  This episode is for everyone no matter what stage of mar-smalldivorce or life crisis who feels alone and alienated. Feeling as if you are all by yourself and have been left out of the pack, like you simply can’t relate to anyone else. Others don’t understand you nor do they want to. When we are going through life crises such as divorce, one of the sure fire things that happens is this sense of feeling alone.  The feeling can in many ways stimulate a lot of introspection and growth; however, it can also become debilitating.  Listen in to discover how you can work with this sense of feeling isolated, create new community, work with your fears and worries by employing forgiveness and gratitude and get clarity on the dynamics of this state so that you can feel empowered to create a steady stream of successes that will build your self-esteem!

April 3, 2014 – Michelle Crosby of Wevorce.  TOPIC – Conscious Uncoupling: How to Overcome Divorce Challenges Creatively and Collaboratively

About Michelle:  Michelle Crosby is an accomplished mediator, attorney and founder of MC headshotWevorce, a company that brings a high tech and high touch approach to divorce. Michelle’s personal experience growing up with divorce inspired a seamless and now proven methodology and technology that work together in providing a civilized approach to transitioning from one household to two while also helping couples maintain their role as parents. Michelle’s expertise spans business law, securities law and family law. She is passionate about teaching others how to overcome challenges creatively and collaboratively.

Show Description: I am so excited that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have brought to the public’s attention an alternative way to divorce and they have termed it “conscious uncoupling”. In this episode, I am joined by Michelle Crosby founder of Wevorce where we will discuss how Wevorce can help people to divorce collaboratively.  Though this type of collaborative divorce may not work for all couples, Michelle will help us understand who it is for, how the process works and what she thinks about Paltrow and Martin!  Don’t miss this hot-topic episode that I know will stimulate a shift in our thinking regarding divorce as necessitating high conflict to one of simply moving out of a married relationship and into roles as supportive co-parents.

March 27, 2014 – Charles Faye of Love & Logic will be discussing his Charles_lgcourse on “Helping Kids Cope With Divorce”.

About Dr. Faye: Dr. Charles Faye has been using his unique gift of connecting with parents and educators through related story-telling and humorous interludes by way of public speaking and consulting engagements world-wide. He is highly sought after by parenting groups, schools, and mental health professionals. He is the author of over 30 audio and written learning programs through The Love & Logic Institute.  Dr. Faye’s ability to connect with parents compassionately in their desire to empathize with their children and inspire them to own their role as the responsible one in charge is empowering to all who hear him. In addition his deep understanding of the emotional struggle within parents and his ability to communicate this effectively creates awareness for parents to choose with clarity their parenting and modeling wisely.  Learn more about him HERE!

March 20, 2014 – The Single Moms Club – Joined by Emma Johnson laugh w helenaof Emma and I will jointly review Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club with our listening audience.  Be sure to call in and join us, see call in number above! To see our different reviews, check them out here:

Emma’s Review of The Single Moms Club

Margaret’s Review of The Single Moms Club

About Emma:  Emma Johnson blogs at, which has been featured in the New York Times, Fox News, TODAY show’s blog, Ryan Seacrest Radio, Woman’s Day, NPR and others. She has her own AM show syndicated nationwide, and is a freelance money journalist with credits in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Men’s Health, Dr. Oz’s new magazine and WORTH. She lives in New York with her kids Helena, 6, and Lucas, 4.


March 13, 2014 –  The Making & Discussion of the Powerful Impact of Split, A Film For Kids of Divorce – Divorce can be a very BIG change for the children stuck in between their parents.  Not only can they be smack in the middle of fighting, but are challenged with learning to navigate the ins and outs of two households, two sets of rules, two sets of clothes, and new partners for their parents, to name just a few.  The movie Split documents both the hardships experienced by the children and their incredible resilience.  Join me with Director, Ellen Bruno in the discussion of her interest and motivation on this project, how she created it, what she learned from it and MORE.

About Ellen: Ellen Bruno is a San Francisco based documentary filmmaker whose works have won more than 25 national and international awards. A recipient of both the Gugenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, Ms. Bruno has focused her attention on homelessness, Burmese prostitution, Tibetan nuns, health care in Cambodia and other issues on the forefront of human rights. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Buddhist Film Festival, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, The San Francisco Film Society, and Ethical Traveler.  She has additionally been an artist in Residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

March 6, 2014 – Managing Emotions, Expectations & The Challenges of Custody Inside The Walls of Family Court: Divorce is a challenge. It’s a life event you may have never expected and could not B. Robert Farzadimagine would happen to you. Yet, here you are and your children are in the middle of it all. Navigating through the emotions, expectations and the  challenges that come with child custody cases in a divorce require a calm and reasonable mindset, courage and, most of all, a clear vision of life’s big picture.  In this episode, I will interview Robert Farzad, a California licensed family law attorney to discuss these issues and how parents can navigate these sometimes rough and murky waters with their children’s best interest and their own sanity intact. Listen this week and obtain the perspective of a professional who lives these issues every day on behalf of the California moms and dads he and his law firm represent.

About Robert: B. Robert Farzad is a California licensed attorney and the president of Farzad Family Law a multi-lawyer divorce and family law firm located in Orange County. He is an avid writer on divorce, family law and related parenting issues. His writings can be found at, the Huffington Post as a featured blogger and throughout the web on respected and authoritative websites. He became a divorce lawyer to help husbands and wives through one of the most difficult chapters of their lives and to turn the page with integrity and honor. Mr. Farzad is a member of the California State Bar and both the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.

February 27, 2014 – Understanding The Nature of Transformation:  We are mar-smallall handed challenges in life that bring us to our knees, be it a death, an illness, divorce, loss of job or house, or even sometimes becoming a new parent or married. Big changes can rock our world and our spirit in ways we simply had no possible way to comprehend until we were in it so far deep that we thought we might drown. In this show, I will lay down some of the groundwork for the general landscape of how difficult life circumstances can manifest dependable qualities that work to dismantle our identity as we currently know it. Grasping this map of the dark night of the soul can allow you to feel less isolated and less crazy, more connected and in control. Join me for an empowering and inspiring Episode One of The Mother Rising where you will get to know me, my style and a new perspective that will leave you feeling a sense of clarity and peace within a life that may be perfectly described as temporary insanity.