The Nancy Ferrari Show presents Kurt Koontz, Author of “A Million Steps”

Join Nancy Ferrari and her special guest, author, Kurt Koontz, author of “A Million Steps” on The Nancy Ferrari Show on Tuesday, February 11th, 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET on W4CY Radio.

After retiring early from his job as a successful sales executive for a Fortune 500 technology company, Kurt Koontz volunteered in his community and traveled across Europe and North America. He never considered writing a book until he walked nearly 500 miles across Spain in 2012. Those million steps were so compelling that he returned home and began writing and speaking about his life-changing adventures.   As he walked the 1300-year-old route, he heard unforgettable stories from other pilgrims and took a deeper look at his life. Recorded in his journal, emails home and over 3000 photographs become the basis for his first book.

A Million Steps climbs over the high meadows of the Pyrenees, quests through the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances in the rains of Galicia. While following the yellow arrows that mark the route, Kurt also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery and love.  With humor he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world. Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is an inspirational journey within a journey all the way to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and beyond.

He lives and writes on a tree-lined creek in Boise, Idaho. There is more about Kurt here:

 Praise for the book “I really enjoyed it. I didn’t want to put it down.” ~ Lydia B Smith. Producer/Director/Writer of Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.
“If you read this book you might find yourself pouring over maps of Spain and talking to your boss about a leave of absence.” ~ Dr. Robert Barr, best-selling author.
“A Million Steps is written in such a way that the reader feels that he is actually walking the trail with Kurt. There is encouragement to all of us to shake out of the ‘comfort zone’, slow down to enjoy small things and be willing to accept the changes life inevitably brings. A must read!” ~Amazon reviewer.

January Jones Welcomes Mary Kay Morrison, Quest For Humor

January Jones welcomes

Mary Kay Morrison, Quest For Humor

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About Mary Kay

Humor Quest founder Mark Kay Morrison, a consummate education professional, believes learning needs to be engaging and fun. She has taught kindergartners up to college students and loves learners of all ages.

After decades in the classroom and as an administrator in a regional office of education in northern Illinois, Mary Kay expanded her pupil list to include professionals and other educators all over the world with her humor-in-education series of lectures and workshops.

Through her research into cognitive learning and humor, Mary Kay teaches the current generation of teachers and education professionals about healthy humor using the positive energy of humor – or “Humergy” – to promote balance and to reduce stress.

For more than 20 years she has been providing keynote presentations and breakout workshop sessions internationally. She organized, developed and continues to teach the first International Humor Academy for The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH).

Her keynote address at a Humor in Education Conference in Izmir, Turkey was televised, as was an interview on “Your Voice,” a Canadian TVO segment. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Society of Humor Studies, for the Illinois Principals Association and for numerous education and medical associations. She has been interviewed by PBS in Alaska and was featured in an article on Humor and Healing in the Rockford Registar Star.


Mary Kay Morrison’s lessons are available in two books and several scholarly publications.

Using Humor to Maximize Learning: Exploring Links between Positive Emotions and Education is the text for humor studies courses at several universities. It affirms, sustains and encourages educators in the practice of humor not only as a personal tool to optimize a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize the benefits of humor in education. These benefits include current research-based data on the use of humor to nurture creativity, to increase the capacity for memory retention, to support an optimal learning environment and to build safe communities that reflect the relational trust necessary for collaborative learning.

An environment of fun is an indicator of a culture of trust. Each chapter of this book includes a study group format and powerful practice ideas for leaders. These tools can facilitate creative data analysis for educational leaders interested in understanding the relatively new field of positive psychology and how it can contribute to a joyful learning environment that promotes collaborative relationships.

Purchase Using Humor to Maximize Learning at the Rowman & Littlefield Educators site.

Using Humor to Maximize Living is Mary Kay’s second book and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, an academic press based in Maryland, in March 2012 in hardback, paperback, and electronic forms.

Mary Kay will be doing a book signing at the international Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) conference April 19 through 22, 2012, at the Chicago Westin O’Hare and will use the text for the conference’s Humor Academy, a three-hour graduate college class. All are invited to attend this fun and informative conference, with continuing education (CE) credits available for nurses, counselors and social workers and CPDU credits for teachers.

Purchase Using Humor to Maximize Living at the Rowman & Littlefield Educators site.

The Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education
At the invitation of author, Robert Sylwester, Mary Kay’s Article “The Top Ten Reasons Why Humor is FUNdamental to Education” was published in IAE newsletter and will be included in a e-book on Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education.



Nancy Ferrari presents Derek Mills, internationally acclaimed speaker and author of “The Ten Second Philosophy”

Tune in to The Nancy Ferrari Show on W4CY Radio on Monday, February 10th, 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET as her featured guest is Derek Mills, internationally acclaimed and sought-after speaker and author of “The Ten Second Philosophy”.

When you meet Derek Mills, it’s hard to imagine him as anything but charismatic and elegantly turned out, completely comfortable in his own self. The challenge of being a stutterer since the age of 13 due to the shock of a sudden death in his family remained with him as he entered the world of Financial Services, until a letter arrived one day forcing him to address remaining in that uncommunicative state. Another big jolt on his journey through life several years later, forced him to review his life totally and this is where his story really begins.

Today Derek shares with audiences the reasons why he stopped setting goals, and became a millionaire within 3 years. His 10 Second Philosophy® and P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Life Standards System have made even some of the best coaches, consultants and speakers in the world stop and reconsider the concept of goal setting. Derek’s voice is now smooth and he is a man on a mission to help other people move past the ‘common goal setting dilemma’ he sees daily.

His first book, The 10 Second Philosophy®, published by the world’s leading publisher in this field, Hay House, was released September 2012 and is available to order now. He’s also currently working on developing a comprehensive training program associated with this for launching in 2013.

Derek is available to speak throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Book him to speak here for your next conference and you’ll soon see why he regularly gets a standing ovation from very impressed audiences of 1000′s.

Derek attended the premiere of the new movie ‘Keeper of the Keys’ in Las Vegas in December 2011. Derek starred alongside Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), John Gray (Men are from Mars…) and Marci Shimoff (Happy for no Reason) along with 11 other exceptionally talented authors, coaches and teachers. This highly anticipated movie won the Indie Fest Award for Feature Documentary and is available on DVD now.