Nola Hennessy on Starstyle®-Be the Star

Nola Hennessy on Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are® 4-5pm PT TODAY w/message of peace & hope.

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For Thanksgiving, please act now to fill

For Thanksgiving, please act now to fill out form to help Be the Star You Are! charity. Only 2 minutes, it’s FREE,

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A Message from Founder, Cynthia Brian

Thank you for your patience and your generosity as it has taken me so many months to get this newsletter published. Last February our home flooded. It’s been eight months of living with plastic and paper covering walls, floors, and doorways as a multitude of professionals worked tirelessly to help us become “whole”. To be available to the crew, I worked by day from my home office with earplugs and a face mask to keep the noise and fumes at bay, and at night would go to the StarStyle and Be the Star You Are offices to finish. It was challenging, exhausting, and often disheartening as I struggled to juggle family, friends, clients, BTSYA, radiowriting, lecturinggardening, and reconstruction responsibilities. This past week, volunteers and I began to pack boxes for our holiday donation give away. It felt great to be giving back.

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Then Paris was attacked and my heart, prayers, and thoughts could only be with the French.

BTSYA is proud to have dedicated volunteers from different countries, ethnicities, cultures, and religions. BTSYA is inclusive. We believe in peace, the dignity of humankind, and the reality that each of us was born with a special gift.  We are dedicated to empowering women, families, and youth through improved literacy and increased positive media messages.  We volunteer because we want to make this world a better place for everyone. We believe that each of us has the ability to make an impact, create change, design a difference.  Life is precious.
My home is now completed and I have my sanctuary once again. But the flood of emotions we all are experiencing over the recent terrorist attacks is a signal that we have much more work to do to help every individual understand his/her unique worth. We hold the fate of the world in our hands and it is up to us to forecast our futures.
Despite hardships, there are always blessings. This Thanksgiving I offer my gratitude to you for being part of our Be the Star You Are! family. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for your time. Thank you for caring for this beautiful world in which we live.
Be the Star You Are! is celebrating 17 years of daring to care. Keep up with what’s happening with PRESS PASS. Please continue to contribute and support our grassroots efforts. Every dollar really counts and we have many ways you can donate without spending an extra penny. Check out below!
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, and safe Thanksgiving. When you go around the table to share what you are grateful for, remember that gratitude works. And the more you give, the more you get!
Cynthia Brian
Founder/Executive Director
Be the Star You Are!
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Express Yourself Four Years Congrats - LEADER 3November 21 marks the four-year anniversary of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio ( on the Voice America Kids Network. 195 new shows have hit the world wide airwaves with talented young people as hosts and reporters. Created and produced by entertainment veteran, Cynthia Brian, Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is a special outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 ( charity giving youth a voice to be listened to. Congratulations to the teens and THANK YOU Voice America Kids Network.

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If you are interested in being part of the Be the Star You Are!® family, send an email to We have many virtual opportunities, offer community service credits, and work with court appointed mandates. A questionnaire will be sent to you with guidelines. Young people have the opportunity to become on-air reporters, book reviewers, podcasters, and more.BTSYAis only interested in honest, energetic, dedicated individuals as we want our volunteers to benefit from their experience with us. We GROW people! We help YOU SHINE!moraga faire 14  - 1CU Book Bash Team

From all of us at Be the Star You Are!®, we thank you and wish you a most grateful, great, peaceful, compassionate Thanksgiving.

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The actual 4 year anniversary of the tee

The actual 4 year anniversary of the teen radio show, Express Yourself! was yesterday. Congratulations to all! Bravo

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Cynthia Brian’s Garden Guide for November

By Cynthia Brian

“The small but intense pleasure of walking through dry leaves and kicking them up as you go…they rustle, they brustle, they crackle.” From Walking through Leaves, Vita Sackville-West

From the last rays of the autumn sun to the glowing embers of winter fires, November is a month of changing colors and softening light creating feasts for our eyes (and our Thanksgiving stomachs) while adding a warm glow to our hearts. The countryside is bathed with leaves turning gold, crimson, russet, and orange. The harvest features a bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and nuts. The crackle of the fallen leaves underfoot, the balmy days, chilly evenings, and misty nights signal the sensational spectacle of autumn. It’s time to put our gardens to bed.

For the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a selection of the great chateaus, castles, palaces, and gardens in France and England. Crossed off my bucket list was the romantic landscape of Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent designed by author Vita Sackville-West. It was interesting to note how many of the 22,000 annuals, perennials, and herbs grown in her garden have established themselves nicely here in California.

It’s time to plant your bulbs, especially tulips. Having lived in Holland for eighteen months, I truly understand and value the humble tulip. Found in the wilds of central Asia, the first tulip bulbs were planted at Holland’s Hortus Botanicus Leiden in 1593. Tulips were so highly sought after that Dutch growers around Haarlem devoted every minute to hybridization and cultivation resulting in one tulip bulb being so valuable that it could buy an Amsterdam house on the canal or twenty-five acres of prime farmland. Besides cheese, gin, and herring, tulips reigned as kings of exportation. Tulipmania speculation collapsed in 1637 but not before these gorgeous flowers called Rembrandt tulips were depicted on Delft tiles, old master paintings, and historic tapestries. If only a grower had had a crystal ball…

What to do in your November garden

  • PLANT your bulbs now through January. By planting a dozen or so bulbs per week, you’ll have a continuous show of color for the spring. Crocus, daffodils, tulips, wood hyacinths, and Dutch iris are favorites.
  • THROW two or three matchsticks into each hold before planting bulbs. The sulphur kills insects and enriches the soil.
  • FERTILIZE your bulbs with a composition of 4-10-6 right after planting to help grow strong roots. Do not mix fertilizer into the hole. Do not use chicken or horse manure, mushroom, or household compost (could be a breeding ground for fungus), or any acidic soil amendment. Bulbs require soil with neutral PH to develop their root system.
  • RESEED lawns with clover or Pearl’s Premium ( if you want grass without the guilt and the water surcharges. For tips on planting see
  • CLEAN and store patio furniture. With an El Nino in the forecast, covering your outdoor furniture, pads, and pillows will not be enough. Give everything a good brushing, then put in the garage or watertight storage area.
  • CALL an arborist to inspect your large limbs and trunks before the storms arrive.
  • HARVEST walnuts, gourds, and pumpkins.
  • DEADHEAD your roses weekly to maintain blossoms and fragrance throughout November and December.  If you prefer the red and orange colors of fall, allow the rose hips to form and harvest for additional vitamin C.
  • STAKE young trees and prune dead or dried limbs from established mature trees.
  • STOP by your local nurseries to choose deciduous trees with vibrant fall colors that will suit your landscape. A tree planted on the north side protects gardens from the blustery winter winds.
  • TIDY your vegetable garden and potager. Add straw and mulch to enrich the soil over winter.
  • SHARPEN garden shears and tools before storing.
  • SCATTER ripe seeds of biennials and perennials, such as Foxglove and Echinacea, encouraging new plants in your garden. Hybrid varieties may not grow true from seed offering you a spring surprise.
  • PLANT autumn showy ground covers, color spots, and shrubs as they are in their full fall riotous splendor. Heuchera is an especially pretty perennial in its autumn robes offering foliage in a variety of textures, shapes, and colors.
  • SOW winter crops of Swiss chard, broccoli, beets, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, turnips, and spinach.
  • VISIT a vineyard to witness the golden and amber hues post harvest.
  • RAKE a pile of leaves. Let the kids frolic and kick, then add them to your compost pile. (Add the leaves, not the kids!)
  • ENJOY the fall foliage! Persimmons, pomegranates, and guava trees showcase their precious fruits. Savor the colors in anticipation of the holiday harvest next month.
  • SHARE your gratitude.

May you celebrate a healthy, happy, and mouth-watering Thanksgiving with family and friends. Thank you so much for being loyal readers. Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated. 

Happy Gardening, Happy Growing!


Cynthia Brian

The Goddess Gardener

Starstyle® Productions, llc


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Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, coach, and host of the radio show, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasting live every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network.. She also is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 charity.

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Smile, Mood Decor, Rubik’s Cube,Turf Wars

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

Cynthia and Heather express their sympathy and solidarity with the people of France over the recent terrorist attacks. All prayers and blessings are with the French. May we have peace in our world.

Does it hurt when you smile? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Heather Brittany shares quick fixes for all your tooth issues.

Looking to boost your mood? Try a few decorating tips that will influence your mood for the better. Cynthia Brian provides Star Style for your strategic design!

Remember Rubik’s Cube? “The problems of puzzles are like the problems of life’” said Erno Rubik, in explaining the enduring appeal of a puzzle he invented in 1974 while teaching an interior design class. Rubik’s Cube has universal appeal because it’s fundamentally about solving a problem using your hands, configuring a fundamental shape of a cube, and relating it to a color palette.  These problems transcend time and appeal to the designer within all of us

As Americans, we love our grass, but as the years of drought drag on, the word L-A-W-N is becoming synonymous with wasteful. Daily in the USA, over 29 billion gallons of water is used and of that, 30% or 8. 5 billion gallons of water is devoted to our landscaping, mostly lawns. Learn about a new grass seed that may offer guiltless turf with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian! Gratitude Works:

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, ( each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

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Gratitude Works! From all of us at Be th

Gratitude Works! From all of us at Be the Star You Are!® we send THANKS & Blessings for a bountiful Thanksgiving.

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