The Impact of Adoption

Adoption is a lifetime commitment. There are losses.  There are rewards.  There are challenges.  There is love. On this edition of The Regina Brett Show, Regina talks to adult adoptees who have committed their lives to being a voice and advocate for those touched by adoption. Betsie Norris is the executive director of Adoption Network Cleveland.  Norris says as an adult adoptee she didn’t know anything about her birth family nor her ancestry. “People would ask me all the time ‘are you Irish’ and I would say ‘well, I don’t know,’” says Norris.  ”Where’d you get your red hair came up all the time.” After securing her birth certificate in her early twenties, Norris was reunited with both her birth mother and father.  Shortly after, she founded Adoption Network Cleveland in 1988.  The organization aims to connect and empower individuals, organizations and communities impacted by adoption and foster care....
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Back to School Prep

It’s the big transition. Summer is winding down.  The doors of school buildings across the country are open.  Bells are ringing.  Are you prepared for your favorite little one to start or return to school?  Can you even be prepared? Author and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D. advises parents and guardians to stop and be realistic. “We work against ourselves because we have overzealous expectations,” says Tsabary.   “How about if we all banded together: teachers, the community and parents knowing that the first month is going to be chaotic and all of us kind of just surrender to it instead of being so pressured to make it smooth.  Let’s all back off, ease out and go with the flow of the chaos rather than zealously trying to create perfected smoothness.” Dr. Tsabary is the author of “The Conscious Parent.”  The book encourages parents to see their children as mirrors of the parent’s forgotten self. On this edition of The...
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What women “auto” know about cars

Oil and water. Women and cars. The pairs don’t mix right? In the case of women and cars, Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner says this doesn’t have to be the case. Lateiner mixes women, cars and oil at her Phoenix auto repair shop.  She’s the founder and owner of 180 Automotive where she teaches car-care classes for women. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa in three years from Ohio’s Oberlin College, Lateiner’s passion for hands-on work lead her to move west to receive technical training in fixing cars.  It paid off.  Not only does Lateiner own and manage 180 Automotive; she is also part of the three-girl crew on the Velocity Channel’s television show ‘All Girls Garage.’ Lateiner joins Regina to educate and empower you on how to maintain your car.  Plus, she shares tips on what to look for in a great mechanic and auto repair shop. Katie O’Toole Smith, who calls herself “Katie the Car Lady,” also joins the show to share tips on how to buy,...
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Dog Training Basics

Adding a dog to your family is a big commitment. Just as you would train up a child how to behave; your canine needs training to successfully blend into your family. Northeast Ohio dog trainers Ann Trupo and Bill Oliver join Regina to share tips on how to train your dog.  Or, in their words, it’s really about training ourselves so we can better communicate with our dogs. “We treat dogs like little humans in fur coats and dogs treat us like dogs,” says Bill Oliver. Oliver says owners tend to put human behaviors on their dogs and treat them accordingly.  He says this confuses the dog and leads canines to believe they are responsible for you and not responsible to you.  In other words, the dog loves you but the dog doesn’t feel the need to listen to you. Both Oliver and Trupo answer listeners’ questions throughout the show.  They provide insight into: How to get your dog to stop going to the bathroom in the house; How to keep your dog from jumping on...
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Old Fashioned Summer Fun

Although summer is slowly winding down; the memories don’t have to. On this edition of The Regina Brett Show, Regina reminisces with writers Daniel Porter and Dave Shiflett about the lessons learned from summers past. Shiflett’s recent Wall Street Journal article entitled ”When Summer was Easy” is what inspired the conversation about old fashioned summer fun. Daniel Porter credits outdoor games as the reason why he was able to triumph over the muscle movement disorder Dystonia.    He chronicles the informal education he received through play in his book  “Til the Streetlights Came On: Lessons Learned from Neighborhood Games.” Blogger Jeanne Stevenson also shares how she is working to create great summer memories with her three small children. Stevenson is the author of the blog “Life in Cleveland.” Dust off the canvas of your mind to see how the summers of old compare to the summers our children experience today. Feature photo courtesy of: Sayuri...
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Face of Police Work

Brimfield Police Station
There are only 10,000 residents in Ohio’s Brimfield Township. So why does their police department’s Facebook page have close to 80,000 “likes” from 31 states and 19 countries? The answer takes three words: Chief David Oliver! On this edition of the Regina Brett Show, Chief Oliver talks to Regina about how he became a Facebook sensation and shares openly about the tender moments and tragedies he has experienced as a police officer. Plus, Chief Antonio Stitt from the Village of Highland Hills Police Department tells Regina how he is transferring his police authority to parents.
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Making The Most of Second Chances

You’re hurt. Someone has wronged you.  Maybe they stole something from you, betrayed your confidence, cheated on you or hurt someone you loved. They want a second chance at success with you.   The question you have to ask yourself  now is are you willing to give it? On this edition of The Regina Brett Show, Plain Dealer sports and faith columnist Terry Pluto and community activist Mansfield Frazier weigh in with their opinions on second chances. Pluto shares how he received second chances from friends, employers and his father. Mansfield Frazier explains how he took advantage of a second chance at earning a living the legal way.  Frazier was a professional counterfeiter for nearly 30 years.  He served multiple stints in federal prison before giving up his criminal life.  What sparked the change?   A challenge from a prison official. That was nearly 20 years ago. Frazier is now the executive director of Neighborhood Solutions and runs The Vinyards and Biocellar of Chateau...
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2013 Summer Reading Recommendations

When it comes to summer reading you may be thinking, “so many books; so little time.” On this edition of The Regina Brett Show, Regina will help you discover the best books to read this summer with a panel of local and national book experts. Our panel includes: Jessica Donaghy (Features Editor at Goodreads), Dave Ferrante (Owner of Visible Voice Books), Suzanne DeGaetano (Co-owner of Mac’s Backs-Books), and Bob Ethington (Culture and AV Division Manager at Akron-Summit County Public Library). Here are a few of their picks. Nonfiction (Biography/Memoir) Jessica Donaghy The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville by Clare Mulley The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley   Dave Ferrante...
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Dealing with an Arrogant Boss

The Regina Brett Show is now a state and national award-winning show! We owe it all to you! Our show on arrogant bosses won first place in the Ohio Excellence in Journalism radio show category and first place in the 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. The award-winning episode offers advice on how to identify and overcome arrogance in the workplace. Industrial and organizational psychologist Stanley Silverman talks to Regina about the Workplace Arrogance Scale (WARS) he developed with researchers at Michigan State University. Identifying the arrogant leader What some say is arrogance others say is self-confidence.  Here is what Silverman outlines as traits of an arrogant leader. They’re continually making efforts to communicate their own superiority.  In the course of doing so, they’re telling others that they are inferior. They don’t take feedback very well.  They often discount feedback from others. They claim to be more...
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Share the Road

The streets are full.  Can everyone who has a right to the road share it safely this summer? That’s the question Regina is asking on this edition of The Regina Brett Show. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles all have a right to the pavement.  Yes, those on bikes do have a right to ride alongside their motored counterparts. The Plain Dealer transportation reporter Tom Breckenridge  chronicles the trials and complaints of both motorists and cyclists.  In his article “Cleveland-area motorists, wary cyclists seek a truce on the road,” Breckenridge writes, Every cyclist who’s spent time on the road has heard it — scolds, curses and shouts from drivers who want them to move over or get on the sidewalk. And everyone who’s driven a car has seen it — someone on a bike blowing through a red light or a stop sign. Bad behavior builds tension between cyclists and motorists in Northeast Ohio, a region that’s seeing more people on bikes and a...
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