Hosted by Janus et Cie in their SFDC Sho

Hosted by Janus et Cie in their SFDC Showroom, join ASID California North for a Summer Garden Party on August 23rd from 4-6pm! Light bites, snacks and summer cocktails.

Including Special Event Book Signing
Celebrated Author,
Cynthia Brian.
Special Flower Arranging Presentation by Alice’s Table
presented by Event Executive Valli Hilaire. Get tickets.

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When we think of language, we assume spo

When we think of language, we assume spoken word. But language can be understood though fit, dance, literature, and even massage. Tune in to Express yourself! NOON PT with Siri, Kenneth, Caitlin, & authors of Hawaiian Shamanistic Healing. Get your hula on!

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When we think of language, we assume spo

When we think of language, we assume spoken word. But language can be understood though fit, dance, literature, and even massage. Tune in to Express yourself! NOON PT with Siri, Kenneth, Caitlin, & authors of Hawaiian Shamanistic Healing. Get your hula on!

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Just published! The 3rd book in the Be t

Just published! The 3rd book in the Be the Star You Are!® series: Be the Star YouAre! millennials to Boomers Celebrating Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World. 55 chapters; 31 contributors. Tap into integrity and greatness! Autographed copies at

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Towers of Flowers

by Cynthia Brian

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” 

~George Moore

Europe has been experiencing the highest temperatures of recent years causing major forest fires, crop losses, beach restrictions, and deaths from the simmering heat. In all the times I had visited Ireland since my teen years, the sun never shone. Yet recently when I visited the Emerald Isle to attend a wedding, spend time with my first-grade teacher, and embark on an overdue road trip with my childhood Irish pen pal, a heat wave was in full swing with temperatures in the high 90’s. Dusk didn’t arrive until at least 11pm when both the moon and the sun shared the sky.

Although the countryside was dry and golden, almost resembling a California June landscape, Dublin was ablaze in flowers. Everywhere we walked towers of flowers adorned street corners, tubs hung from pubs overflowed with glorious blooms, while horns honked at me as I foolishly stepped into the street to photograph the beauty. Even the Guinness Storehouse boasted a soaring riser of cascading petunias in vibrant hues of red, pink, and fuchsia. On the Aran Island of Inismor, thatched cottages were enlivened with baskets of purple petunias, blue, lavender, and white lobelia, and geraniums. The Doolin pier boasted an old boat loaded with+ flowers in yellows, oranges, and reds, while streets in Galway were lined with roses, agapanthus, verbena, astilbe, ivy, and even more petunias. Besides the exquisite flowers everywhere, I was enthralled by the doors that led to houses for the fairies and leprechauns that adorned many of the landscapes. 

Whenever I travel, I gravitate to gardens. No matter where I am in our wondrous world, experiencing the spectacular floral creations of a nation is enchanting. Gardens relax, refresh, and energize me. I return to California excited to create something fresh and new.

For a friend who raises chickens, I designed a birthday arrangement that felt sunny and bright using firecracker plants, hollyhocks, roses, nasturtium, calendula, Italium berries, and sorrel stalks all gathered in a rooster teapot.

My Irish first-grade teacher always told me that she kept a leprechaun in her pocket. I was hoping to persuade her to let allow her little friend to emigrate to California with me, but I guess I’ll just have to make due with installing a fairy door on a tree and planting a few shamrocks. 

This August as you travel, make sure to visit a few gardens and spend time exploring the towers of flowers at your destination. You’ll find what you need.

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for August

BE ALERT for smoke and wildfires. Clear debris from around your house, cut dry grasses and limbs, and be sure to pack an emergency go bag.

DONATE to California Fire Relief Efforts through Operation Disaster Relief. More information at

SPRAY roses for mildew and mites. Spray shaded crape myrtles for mildew and spray azaleas for thrip if necessary.  Ask for organic sprays at your favorite garden center or nursery. 

SCATTER Sluggo to kill snails and slugs.

JOIN A.S.I.D. (American Society of Interior Designers) and Janus et Cie for a Summer Garden Party in San Francisco in honor of my new book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, where you’ll enjoy a flower arranging demonstration, elegant bites, cocktails, presentation and book signing. Info at

SOAK outdoor containers at least once weekly by allowing the water to fill the pots until water begins to drain from the bottom.

PROVIDE plenty of fresh water daily to pets during these hot months and feed them juicy summer fruits to enjoy such as watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, and tomatoes.

PLAN for fall planting of water-thrifty plants including lavender, Plumbago, Black Eyed Susan, globe thistle, and honeysuckle vine. You’ll save on water bills for next year with these hardy perennials.

CREATE a beautiful arrangement straight from your summer garden with firecracker plants, hollyhocks, roses, nasturtium, calendula, and any grasses or reeds.

DESIGN a tower of flowers by using a pyramid stand and hanging baskets or pots from it filled with your preferred plants. Petunias, lobelias, pelargoniums, spider plants, and any draping plant will look terrific.

GROW a butterfly buffet by planting a mix of flowers that will provide food and habitat for caterpillars and butterflies through the fall. Keep your garden insecticide and pesticide free to attract other pollinators. Food species for caterpillars include oak, cherry, willow, dandelion, clover, and dill. For the butterfly, plant Echinacea, liatris, buddleia, agastache, and achillea. Milkweed will provide both larval nutrition and nectar for the adults. 


PREPARE for fall by ordering spring blooming bulbs including allium, grape hyacinth, tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, and crocus.

GET a tetanus vaccine every ten years. Sometimes called lockjaw, tetanus is a serious disease caused by bacteria found in soil, manure, or dust. When humans get a cut or puncture, the bacteria may enter the body causing this serious infection.

CUT canes of blackberries back to the ground after harvesting.

MULCH when needed to maintain moisture and climate control.

PICK peaches, tomatoes, and zucchini as they ripen. Don’t let fruit or vegetables rot on the ground. 

TIE up vines that have become unruly or prune to the desired contour.

STAY cool by the pool and celebrate August under the stars on beautiful warm evenings. 

No matter where we travel, it’s always wonderful to come home. We love California living.

Happy Gardening. Happy Growing.

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Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, raised in the vineyards of Napa County, is a New York Times best-selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are1® 501 c3. 

Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show and order her books at

Buy a copy of the new book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, at

Available for hire for projects and lectures.

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California is Burning!


“Count the campfires by glowing flames, never by the ashes that fall.

Count your days by the golden hours, don’t remember clouds at all.”




Mama Mia! Here we go again!

It’s summer and we should be enjoying campfire flames and golden hours, yet it’s only August and California is once again on fire.  Be the Star You Are!®completed Operation Fire and Hurricane Disaster Relief in February, and our teens have once again launched a new outreach, Operation Wildfire Disaster Reliefto help those who are suffering, Fire season can last well into November, so we encourage everyone to pack an emergency bag. See below for details.


Aside from the tragedies of the fires, we have a ton of fun, exciting, positive news in this newsletter.


We turned on our MAC in the office the other day to find out that the computer  no longer can access the internet because the browsers can’t be updated. That MAC from 2007 is running Snow Leopard.  Be the Star You Are!®is seeking a new or refurbished MAC desktop or laptop that will take us into the future. If you have the ability to donate, please email YES, it has to be a MAC!


Thanks to everyone who came out to the A’s versus Angels game in June. The game was slow and unexciting but the Jurassic Park fireworks were the best we’d ever witnessed. We all had a great time and thank the A’s for choosing Be the Star You Are!®as the Non Profit of the Night.


May everyone stay safe, enjoy the rest of summer, and get excited for another school year.


Thanks for supporting Be the Star You Are!®

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Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




by BTSYA Teens


If Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity’s mission statement could be condensed into three simple words, they would be “positive message media.” This goal takes many forms. Promoting literacy is one, and broadcasting weekly with inspiring content through Express Yourself! Teen Radio and StarStyle® Radio is another. The approach that most directly touches lives, however, is our OPERATION DISASTER RELIEFOutreach Program.  Be the Star You Are!® (also known as BTSYA) was one of the first nonprofits on the ground after 9/11. Its objective in 2001 has continued through 2017when devastating hurricanes and fires ravaged America. BTSYA rushed to provide victims of any and all disasters with books and other uplifting resources that would offer solace, hope, healing, and humor.


Books are extremely appreciated by victims of disasters they suffer unimaginable losses. Books, especially the ones we donate that always carry positive messages, allow these individuals to immerse themselves in another world–one where they can escape the horrific events that have just transpired. This is the reason that we volunteers at BTSYAbelieve that books are a little-known but much-needed, much desired, and much-treasured resource for victims. We must get them shipped to every victim we can as soon as possible.


To that end, Be the Star You Are!® has launched a critical Operation Wildfire Disaster Relief Campaign. 2018is a devastating wildfire season in California with a death toll that just keeps on rising and the fires continue to grow and burn. The destruction of homes and livelihoods is happening as we speak.


We desperately need you to help us help those in distress by donating funds to procure books and the shipping fees that we will send to victims. Time is of the essence. We implore you to open your hearts and donate today! Make a donation through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYAwith NO FEES:

or send a check to:

Be the Star you Are!

Disaster Relief

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556.


We will email you a tax receipt for your tax-deductible donation.


Victims of wildfires have just suffered the most unexpected and devastating losses of their lives; by donating to BTSYA, you have the ability to reach out to them and let them know–even if you never meet them–that you care and will do whatever you can to help. Donate today!


From all of us volunteers at the TOP RATED Non-Profit, Be the Star You Are!®, we send our gratitude.


With appreciation,


Joven Hundal and Siri Phaneendra

Co-Chairpersons, Operation Wildfire Disaster Relief Campaign

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556



Direct Link to Disaster Relief:




We encouraged you to put together a “go bag” last fall in the midst of the many disasters and we want to make sure you do it. Whether you are involved in an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flood, fire, or other calamities, it will behoove you to have an emergency supply kit in your vehicle and a larger one in your home. For your home, make sure you know where all of your important documents and other items are that you don’t want to lose. Sometimes, as is the case with these California fires, a matter of minutes was the difference between life and death. Make copies of your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, and have some small bills available. Know where your chargers are for phones, tablets, and computers. Back up your computers and keep files in the cloud or off-site. Make a plan for your pets and animals and have a bag ready for them as well. We suggest putting a reminder page attached to the top of your “go bag” to grab your documents, money, purse, scrapbooks, or whatever else you have deemed essentials. Most of all, remember that saving your life and that of your family is the most important.

For your car, fill a backpack or small case with the following:
First Aid kit

Work gloves


Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day)


Walking shoes

Peanut butter


Protein bars

Personal hygiene kit with toothbrush, soap, medications



Flashlight with extra batteries

Eating utensils

Breathing masks (Niosh-N95)

Clothing change




ASID has created a fun summer garden party including light bites, snacks, and summer cocktails.


Including Special Event Book Signing


Celebrated Author & ASID Allied Member

Cynthia Brian for her new book “Gardening in Style”.


Special Flower Arranging Presentation by Alice’s Table

presented by Event Executive Valli Hilaire.



$20 NON- MEMBERS | $15 ASID Members and Students

Enter code garden2018 for $5 discount



JANUS et Cie

2 Henry Adams Street # 195

San Francisco, CA 94103




Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World

Book 3 in the Be the Star You Are!® Series


In this eye-opening third installment in the Be the Star You Are!®series, Be the Star You Are!Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World teaches everyone what it truly means to be a millennial: a motivated, independent, and selfless being who knows how to tap into today’s technology to not only become successful but to also help others do the same. You will discover 55 true stories about life’s greatest gifts as told by 31 incredible individuals. Each chapter ends with an inspirational quote and a simple and fun exercise to help you embrace your inner star qualities and live fuller. No matter what generation you were born into, you will gain a better understanding of the bridge between boomers and millennials. Be empowered to join their ranks of greatness and shine. ISBN# ISBN:9761947637917

Only $15,95 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Be the Star You Are!®501 c3. Visit





Bring the family and visit us at the Be the Star You Are!® booth at the Pear and Wine Festival where BTSYA volunteers will feature fun and inspiring activities for kids including a reading circle, mask making, and face painting. Buy a book and get a book free plus autographing sessions of our newest books.


Want to also SPONSOR our event! Email


Thanks to the Lamorinda Weekly Newspaperfor once again sponsoring our booth at the Pear and Wine Festival,



The Reading Tub is a literacy partner of Be the Star You Are!® where you can find honest reviews of books for kids. Check out their brand new website and read the books reviews by our BTSYA volunteers. Excellent resource for parents, teachers, librarians. Enjoy your summer. Get ready for back-to-school. Read a book!




How Do You Demonstrate Dignity?

By Karen Kitchel


Dignity is the right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, notes Wikipedia. An article in Psychology Today written by Donna Hicks refers to dignity as “our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it.”  We may not realize the great impact dignity has on our lives and our relationships. When we feel accepted, we have greater hope for the possibilities in our lives.


How do you demonstrate dignity?  Simply treat people with courtesy and kindness. It can be as simple as asking someone’s name or looking them in the eye and saying good morning as you pass them by.The opposite is also true. If you losea game and you say nasty things about your opponent, you are acting without dignity.


Sometimes people who don’t look or act like us might cause us to think less of them, but it only takes a moment of thoughtfulness to prove our own dignity.  After serving breakfast to a woman at a homeless shelter recently, she came up to me and said “You don’t just give us food, you give us dignity.”  My immediate response was “that’s how it should be.”



Kindergarteners are often the best examples of demonstrating what dignity looks like. If they see a child fall down in a game or someone comes to school with a dirty shirt, they will wrap their arms around them to show their unbiased caring.


In 1994, Bob Dylan wrote a song called “Dignity” which includes these lyrics:

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I’m on the rollin’ river in a jerkin’ boat
Tryin’ to read a note somebody wrote
About dignity


Bio: Karen Kitchel is passionate about scattering kindness. Currently, she serves meals to the homeless, is a teacher, writer, and mentor.  She can be reached at



Our BTSYA MAC computer no longer will allow us to work online. If you or your company can donate a new or refurbished desktop or laptop MAC, please email It’s pretty tough to work without the internet these days! Thank you.





When you are looking for upbeat, positive, informative, and entertaining talk radio, tune in to StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® LIVE Wednesdays 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network Empowerment Channel.


Also available in the archives and iTunes anytime. Descriptions and photos at


Our teens interview authors, celebrities, and entrepreneurs NOON PT every Tuesday on Express Yourself! on Voice America Kids Network.

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We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556

But here are other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a dime!

  1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases
  2. Discounted books at Amazon:
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  4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores,. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!
  5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE:
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  8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell:
  9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99:

10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle.


GIFT IDEA: T-shirts and Tanks are only $20. 100% cotton, well made with “Read, Lead, Succeed!”  Shop at our StarStyle® Store:





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Wherever your travels take you in this month of August, enjoy living.

Thank you for being part of our galaxy of stars.


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Summer Sprucing, Language Learning, Brains & Food

Summer is a time for entertaining. Is your home inviting, clean, and beautiful? It’s time to spruce up everything from the front door to the patio. Welcome your guests for some relaxing summer fun with tips by designer, Cynthia Brian.

Learning a new language can be daunting. Scientists have now pinpointed the best time of life to reach fluency. Kids are better than adults at picking up the “talk”. The best way to become proficient in a new language is through total immersion. 

Hammocks are versatile because they are affordable super space savers, flexible, and are easily moved and stored.  They are perfect camping trip companions. Transport your dreams to exotic distant lands by installing a hammock in your backyard.  Undulating in your hammock, you can be anywhere your imagination takes you. 

Wondering why you crave salt, sugar, and fat? We may still be trying to survive from our caveman days. But you can fix it and get healthy.

We just need to rewire our brains!

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel:

California wildfires are raging with triple-digit temperatures fueling the devastation. Express Yourself! Teen Radio hosts & Be the Star You Are!® volunteers Joven Hundal and Siri Phaneendra are spearheading BTSYA Operation Disaster Relief. Please donate.

 Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:

PressPass Goddess Gardener Book:

Check our Book Reviews at our literacy partner, The Reading Tub:

Discount Software, Digital content. Ebooks, Games: http://

Shopping online? #StartWithaSmile at . Amazon donates to Be The Star You Are, Inc..

Read our BTSYA Garden Newsletter:

Show your support for your favorite nonprofit by making a generous donation. You will be making a huge difference in someone’s life! Be the Star You Are! is a TOP NON PROFIT

surviving solely on individual donations. Show Your LOVE!

When you are looking for upbeat, life-changing, and mind-stretching information, you have come to the right place. Host Cynthia Brian takes you on a journey of exploration that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to make positive changes that offer life-enhancing results. It’s party time on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And YOU are invited! Join us LIVE 4-5pm Pt on Wednesdays or tune in to the archives at your leisure. Come to play in StarStyle Country.

 Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:

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Buy books by Cynthia Brian at

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If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you’ll always have Cynthia Brian and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

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