January Jones sharing “One Door Closes” -Tom Ingrassia & June Montiero

Meet Tom Ingrassia

& June Montiero from The Toys

The Toys with June Montiero

The Toys with June Montiero


June Montiero

June Montiero


The Toys Today!

The Toys Today!

Tom Ingrassia. Photo by Scott Erb Photography.

January Jones welcomes Tom Ingrassia co-author of When One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams sharing true life stories of people who have overcome insurmountable obstacles in order to live their dreams. Today’s interview features June Monteiro Celebrating Your Life, one of the voices on one of the most successful Girl Groups songs of the mid-60s – The Toys’ “A Lover’s Concerto. June battled demons including a bout with throat cancer to ressurect her life and her career. Tom and January share  their own road maps helping listeners to live their lives with vision, courage, determination and passion.

With the MotivAct Group (formerly Ingrassia Productions), he and partner Jared Chrudimsky, an award-winning licensed massage therapist, combine motivational coaching with massage – an innovative and  remarkably effective tandem.Tom travels the country delivering his motivational program, “Making A Difference Begins with YOU…So Live Into Your Dreams!” and pop culture lectures, “Motown and the Civil Rights Movement” and “Girl Power: The Supremes as Cultural Icons.” Both of these offerings are in great demand.

His clients include:

  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
  • State University of New York
  • Association for Continuing Higher Education
  • National Conference on Race & Ethnicity
  • Long Island Museum
  • Albany Institute of Art & History
  • Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Worcester State University
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Berea College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Worcester Institute for Senior Education

Tom lives by his motto: “Learn from the turtle. It only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.”



The Nancy Ferrari Show features Howard Falco, author of “I AM”

Tune in Monday, January 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET as The Nancy Ferrari Show will be featuring an amazing guest who will enlighten, inspire and motivate you as you ponder deep questions, such as “who am I”, “what is my purpose in life” and more!

Howard Falco is an international author, speaker and spiritual teacher specializing in self-awareness and the power of the mind as it relates to the creation of the experience of life. His new book on human understanding and potential is titled,

I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are

On the surface Howard seems to be the everyday regular guy. However, in the middle of ordinary life, this married father of two went through a spontaneous and extraordinary expansion of mind. The dramatic depth and breadth of this shift in consciousness unveiled the answers to many of the largest and deepest questions that humanity seeks answers for on a regular basis, such as “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “Why have I suffered?”


Through his experience he came to a full understanding of the conditions that led to every moment of his life.  As a result, the core essence underlying all of human creation, action, reaction, joys and suffering was revealed to him. Stunned and inspired by this powerful knowledge, Howard set out to honor what happened by sharing what he learned. His book, I AM is the incredible result of this effort.


For Howard, the most thrilling revelation of his new insight is that everyone has the same opportunity to experience this information and the freedom, joy and creative power it brings. He states, “The issue is not whether the access or answers to any of your questions exist, but only a matter of if you are ready to embrace the new way of looking at and experiencing the world that these answers will bring.”


Known for his powerfully clear and relatable style, Howard presents individuals the wisdom regarding how to harness more of the creative power of their mind to accomplish any desire they have or overcome any challenge they face in life, allowing them to achieve a greater sense of peace, understanding and fulfillment in the process.


His book, I AM: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are, reveals the answers to exactly how and why each of us have created our unique and individual experience of reality, offering the reader a practical and empowering process of taking complete control of the creative process of life from this moment forward. More information can be found at www.HowardFalco.com or www.ThebookIAM.com


Ten Ways to Get Along With Family Members You Don’t Like

We all have them: the obnoxious siblings, the drama queen mother, the trouble-maker cousin, the gossip monger, know-it-alls, rude, selfish, and even mean-spirited family members. We try to avoid them yet fate often intervenes and brings us face-to-face with our nemesis. We dread family gatherings and holidays are preceded by weeks of anxiety and fabricated excuses for absenteeism. “I like my friends much better. You can choose them and if they get on your nerves you just cancel your subscription. I don’t have to put up with their nonsense. But you’re stuck with relatives forever

While severing familiar relationships is an option for some and a necessity for others, it is a drastic step not everyone needs to take. There are other alternatives which allow us to maintain a somewhat workable rapport even with those we are not particularly fond of.

Consider the following ten suggestions:

1. Remember they are family and you share dna, other relatives, and a history. Each component has value.
2. Put everything into perspective. If the issue is minor, excuse it. If it’s critical address it.
3. Examine why you allow this person to bother you. What issues are they triggering within you? Examine and heal those first.
4. Keep in mind they are probably loved by someone you love. Treat them kindly out of respect for the other party.
5. Find something about them you admire, like or respect. (Everyone has something.) Remind yourself before, during, and after your encounter with them. Your thoughts generate how you feel and ultimately how you treat them.
6. Remind yourself that everyone has personal issues that are reflected in their behavior. Be understanding and compassionate of them.
7. Set boundaries when appropriate. Be firm and fair.
8. Keep things neutral. Avoid instigating their bad behavior with inflammatory statements, hot topics or sensitive issues.
9. Always try to bring out the best in all whom you encounter, especially those who present your greatest challenges. Be the example of kindness for them to follow.
10. Limit the amount of time spent together. Less can prevent a buildup of tension and hostility.

And here’s a bonus suggestion from my favorite doctor, Bernie Siegel: “Keep saying ‘I love you’ for three months. Then stop. They will call you.” (“Repeated acts of kindness will eventually affect and reshape a relationship.”*)

While many would prefer to simply avoid those family members they don’t care for, it is oftentimes not possible. But more importantly, you will miss an opportunity of being a vehicle for personal growth healing. One person, one time, can open anothers eyes, mind or heart which allows them to begin the journey to wholeness.

*The Orchids of Gateway Lane” by Janet Pfeiffer available @ http://www.pfeifferpowerseminars.com/pps1-products.html.