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Open Forum in The Villages, Florida

This weekly podcast will cover in detail, people, clubs and activities here in The Villages, Florida. Each show will run 10-30 minutes. Become a Supporter of this show for $3/month. Supporters will have access to all episodes. Our newest Supporters will get a Shout-out during a show. Supporters can help the podcast by purchasing products from Amazon using the links in the Support section.

Tracks

Discovering Innate Gifts Anne Castle's Mystical Career Change and Bob Tebow's Evolving Narrative
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever considered the extraordinary ways your life might unfold if you tapped into your hidden talents? Anne Castle did just that, transitioning from the world of IT to a life where her psychic abilities breathe new life into cold cases, aiding law enforcement across the globe. Meanwhile, Bob Tebow, a man with his own set of stories, takes us from his humble beginnings on a personal blog to the proud author of a memoir that captures the essence of his life's adventures. Their tales are not only riveting but also a testament to the power of embracing one's true calling.As we venture further, Dr. Curtis offers a beacon of knowledge for those seeking to nourish their minds, sharing dietary secrets that prime your brain for peak performance. Bob Tebow isn't finished yet, as he unveils his podcasting dreams with "Life's Different Now," where he plans to unravel the layers of loss and the beauty of personal transformation. Anne's and Bob's experiences stitch together a rich tapestry of community contribution and individual growth. Don't miss out as they, along with Dr. Curtis, prepare to impart weekly nuggets of wisdom for combating Alzheimer's, ensuring our mental cogs are always at their sharpest.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
29:15 5/24/24
The Craft Beer Odyssey: Joe Mongan's Journey through Homebrewing and the Renaissance of Ancient Ales
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a spirited exploration into the nuanced universe of craft beer with our special guest Joe Mongan from The Villages, Florida. We're not just sipping on hops and barley; we're delving into a culture rich in tradition and taste. Joe, with his extensive experience in home brewing, guides us through the distinct characteristics that set craft beer apart from its commercial cousins. He illuminates the meticulous selection of ingredients and the small-batch process that culminates in a symphony of flavors, ranging from the light and refreshing session beers to the deep and complex stouts. Our conversation travels through Joe's own brewing adventures and his commitment to sharing the craft beer gospel with enthusiasts and novices alike.Stimulate your senses as we recount the creation of the Hyperbalique IPA, a craft beer that defies convention by marrying the crispness of a Brut IPA with the creamy sweetness of a milk stout. Though it's yet to grace retail shelves, its debut at local taps caused quite a stir. We tap into the essence of beer innovation while also pouring over Dr. Craig Curtis's insights on how moderate craft beer indulgence may indeed be more than just a delightful pastime—it could offer a toast to our health. Our discourse wades into the potential benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, as suggested by recent studies, and the joy that responsibly savoring these artisanal brews can bring.Our episode closes on a reflective note, pondering the reemergence of ancient beer styles thanks to dedicated brewers like Herdman. These passionate souls are not merely brewing—they're time-traveling with their recipes, resurrecting long-forgotten ales for our modern palates. Joe shares his expertise on brewing across diverse climates and the crucial role water quality plays in crafting a pint worth raising. The conversation paints a picture of a thriving brewing community eager to expand their ranks, contribute to local events, and offer their craft to charitable causes. Amidst the tales of camaraderie and creativity, we invite you to raise a glass to the community and the continuing evolution of craft beer. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
26:30 5/17/24
A Deeper Look into Mature Well-being and the Paradox of Exercise, with Nicole Christina
Send us a Text Message.Unlock the often-hidden struggles of aging with Nicole Christina's expert guidance on eating disorders in later life. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Nicole illuminates the intricate ways in which major life changes like retirement or moving can intensify these battles, offering a beacon of understanding for those silently suffering. Our conversation traverses the deceptive allure of health in appearance-focused locations, the Mind diet's connection to the Mediterranean diet, and the indispensable role of a good night's sleep for mental acuity.Join us for a poignant exploration of the dual nature of exercise: its power to ward off Alzheimer's and its potential to complicate disordered eating patterns. I share my discovery of the rebounder, an unexpectedly effective mood booster and ally against lymphedema, and stress the importance of investing in safe, quality fitness gear. Ending on a compassionate note, we discuss how to support loved ones facing these complex issues with dignity and care. This episode is a heartfelt intersection of fitness, nutrition, and the nuanced journey of aging. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
28:40 5/10/24
Sparking Joy with Storyteller Todd Zimmerman - Oliver The Ornament
Send us a Text Message.Gather 'round as we unfurl a tapestry of holiday magic with Todd Zimmerman, the creative spark behind "Oliver the Christmas Tree Ornament." His tale begins with a simple family tradition, blossoming into a story cherished by children and adults alike. With a mother's gentle push, Todd transformed a spark of inspiration into a series that would find its way into the heart of the White House. Our conversation meanders through the poignant role of ornaments in family traditions, revealing how each character in Todd's stories holds a mirror to the cherished keepsakes that adorn our own holiday trees. Turn the page to a chapter in your own holiday narrative as we weave through the imaginative "hero chapter" and the enchanting character development that has readers eagerly awaiting each new addition to the ornament family. Todd Zimmerman's visit to our podcast isn't just an author's recount; it's a celebration of the bonds we forge through stories and the memories ensconced within our festive rituals. So, pour yourself some hot cocoa, settle in, and let the spirit of the season percolate through each word as we share this special episode with you. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
22:26 5/3/24
Journey of Joy: Debbie Johnson's Transformation from Homemaker to Fitness Icon
Send us a Text Message.Debbie Johnson's story is one of resilience and reinvention – a tale that begins with a leap of faith from California to Florida, and blossoms into a community-embraced fitness phenomenon. As your host, I had the privilege of capturing her inspiring journey, one that will resonate with anyone who's ever faced the daunting prospect of starting over. With Debbie's transition from homemaker to celebrated fitness instructor, we uncover the profound impact of diving into new experiences and the infectious joy that comes from pursuing your passions.This week, we tackle more than just physical fitness; we explore the art of forging deep personal connections. Debbie and I share the simple yet powerful technique of remembering names – a skill that turns strangers into friends and fitness classes into tight-knit communities. We also touch on the importance of music in our routines, drawing on hip-hop's beat to bridge generational divides and keep those energy levels soaring. Nostalgia takes a front seat as we reminisce about cultural icons and my stint with the Orlando Magic dance team, painting a vibrant backdrop to the narrative of our diverse lives.In our heart-to-heart, we celebrate the myriad facets of life that spark joy and fulfillment. From the bliss of spending precious moments with grandchildren to the creative satisfaction of repurposing furniture, our conversation is a testament to the simple pleasures that enrich our existence. We also stress the significance of embracing technology in our quest for knowledge, as we equip ourselves with the tools needed for DIY success. So, join us in this episode for an immersive journey through fitness, community, and the lifelong pursuit of learning and growth that binds us all. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
26:54 4/26/24
Tales of 3 Villagers: From Travel to Mastermind Insights to Coors Beer in The Villages
Send us a Text Message.From the heart of The Villages, Florida, we've stitched together a tapestry of tales that spans the gamut from high-flying adventure to the rich froth of brewery life. Gather round as three guests from my Podcasting 101 class—Alex Lakatos, Ken Lee, and Rich Radcliffe—bring their diverse experiences to the mic. Alex unfolds his serendipitous path from electronics to the data communications industry, Ken shares the life-altering impact of mastermind groups and his latest venture, American Dream United, and Rich pours out stories of camaraderie from his Coors Brewery days. Each narrative is a thread in the vibrant quilt of our community, offering wisdom, laughter, and a shared sense of discovery.Strap in for a journey that will take you from terra firma to the clouds, as I recount my own transformation from acrophobia sufferer to enthusiastic aviator, racing through the skies and exploring beyond borders. The conversation then glides towards the value a travel agent can bring to your voyages, challenging the myth of added expense with a promise of tailored expertise. We chart a course through the nuances of smaller ship travel, like those of Viking, and anchor the segment with a beacon of hope in the fight against Alzheimer's, spotlighting the importance of early detection and cutting-edge treatments.Wrapping up our sojourn, Ken Lee returns to illuminate the powerful alchemy of mastermind groups, where collective intelligence weaves into the fabric of personal and professional growth. Ken's insights reveal the profound impacts these groups have had, stitching together not just minds, but hearts and ambitions. I close this chapter by reflecting on my own narrative twist from the brewery industry to the literary world, sharing my passion for penning children's stories and short fiction. This is more than just an episode; it's an invitation to join us on a journey through the chapters of life, each with a story to tell. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
27:14 4/19/24
Crafting Memories and Voicing Characters: Michael Prascek's Journey from Accounting to Artistry
Send us a Text Message.From Pittsburgh's punch card days to the sunny expanses of The Villages in Florida, our guest Michael Prascak brings the kind of stories that turn strangers into friends. Settle in as Michael paints a vivid picture of his journey through the worlds of accounting and IT, revealing how a knack for numbers and a passion for woodworking found a harmonious intersection in our bustling community. He'll take you through the twists and turns of his professional path and into the heart of local clubs that pulse with the shared enjoyment of hobbies like water volleyball and, of course, woodworking—a craft that, much like Michael, has only gotten better with time.As you explore this episode, you'll feel like you're rummaging through an attic filled with four decades of treasured memories, each item sparking joy and reflection. Michael opens up about the sentimental process of curating a lifetime's worth of experiences, from meticulously organizing photo albums to digitizing slides. His stories of sandcastles that stood out on beaches and home-brewed beers that won over taste buds remind us that life's adventures often come from unexpected places, like worm farming or bringing a 1970 Pontiac Catalina back to life in the most unconventional of ways. Step behind the microphone with me as I peel back the curtain on the dynamic world of voice acting. Discover the nuanced dance of auditioning, the dedication behind creating characters, and the commitment it takes to construct a home studio fit for an audiobook maestro. This episode is a masterclass in the art and business of voice artistry. And to all who've joined us on this auditory journey, a warm thank you, with a special nod to our community's own Dr. Craig Curtis. Bring a friend along for our next episode, and who knows, they might just discover a new pastime or the inspiration to pursue that quirky project they've been dreaming about. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
28:42 4/12/24
From Stage to Voice Control Peter Bernard's Journey in the Spotlight
Send us a Text Message.Discover how to transform your living space into a voice-controlled haven as we sit down with Peter Bernard, the tech maestro of the Villages. This week, Peter unveils the secrets behind smart home magic, from Ecobee thermostats synced with Alexa, to the merits of having a C-wire and the allure of the Nest alternative. Our chat reveals the inside track on why wired doorbell cameras trump their battery-operated cousins, with a nod to Peter's favorite RioLink setup, blending security with the convenience of Home Assistant integration.Savor the tales of brain health elixirs, from the polyphenol-rich red wine and dark chocolate, to the omega-balanced Mediterranean and MIND diets that could keep our gray matter in tip-top shape. We whisk you away to the Villages' dining scene, where the ambiance of our local eateries plays background to the symphony of flavors and the camaraderie of an improv club dinner. Peter and I exchange fond restaurant memories, underscoring the importance of the dining experience beyond the plate – it's about the people, the laughter, and the warmth shared over a good meal.Then, take a walk down memory lane with Peter, from his days gracing the stage alongside theatrical greats to his tenure in front of the camera where he honed the craft of unbiased journalism. He shares the sting of being dubbed "fake news" despite a career built on integrity, and the shift into sales training where education met entertainment. As we wrap up, we celebrate the art of captivating an audience, a skill Peter truly embodies, and extend an invite to you, our listeners, for your suggestions and stories. Join us next Friday at 9 am for another enriching encounter full of insights and nostalgia. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
24:23 4/5/24
Decades of Reporting Wisdom and the Electrifying Future of Cars-Peter Bernard - Part 1
Send us a Text Message.Discover the seismic shifts in media over four transformative decades as we sit down with Peter Bernard, a seasoned TV reporter who's seen it all. From the golden age of unbiased journalism embodied by Walter Cronkite to today's opinion-laden newsrooms headlined by figures like Tucker Carlson and Rachel Maddow, Peter reveals how the narrative has changed. Together, we grapple with the repercussions of these changes on society's growing divide and the quest for truth amidst a cloud of skepticism around voting technologies and the integrity of our news.As our conversation unfolds, we peel back layers of the political system that are seldom discussed, dissecting the potential for reform in a landscape marred by misinformation and anonymity. Peter provides a deep dive into the influence of primaries, the Electoral College, and the possibility of introducing term limits to refresh the halls of Congress and the Supreme Court. His insights, shaped by a career of holding the powerful to account, shed light on the nuanced and often surprising effects of political reporting.Switching lanes, we rev up the energy with a Tesla enthusiast who's transformed his passion for electric vehicles into a community-building endeavor. His firsthand account takes us from the rush of the Model Y's acceleration to the intricacies of Tesla's software updates. Traffic law enforcement, the magnetism of Elon Musk, and the intersection of technology and safety all come under the spotlight. Join us for a riveting journey through the evolving realms of media, politics, and technology, and witness stories that resonate with the heartbeat of our times.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
23:44 3/29/24
Celebrating Community Vibrancy The Villages' Enrichment Academy Expo - March 22, 2024
Send us a Text Message.Get ready to unlock the secrets of a thriving community and optimal brain health in one energizing episode. We're taking you to the heart of The Villages, Florida, where the Enrichment Academy Expo buzzes with life, thanks to the dedication of people like John Rohan and Tweet Coleman. You'll feel the pulse of community engagement, from the beats of the Homemade Jam band to the whir of Don Wiley's drones overhead. It's a celebration of learning and connection, and we're capturing it all just for you.But it's not all play – we're also seriously tuned into the harmony of health, specifically the balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in our diets. I'll guide you through the maze of nutrition facts, pointing out the best sources and dosages for your brain and heart wellbeing. Let's raise our glasses (of flaxseed smoothies, perhaps?) to another episode that's as nourishing for the mind as it is for the soul. Join us as we explore the power of passionate instruction and the pursuit of wellness, and don't forget to catch next Friday's dosage of wisdom.And don't forget my Podcasting101 for Beginnerscourse at the Enrichment Academy.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
14:05 3/23/24
From Far Rockaway to Sales Stardom: Mike Roth's Journey of Resilience and Improv
Send us a Text Message.They say the best tales come from the heart, and mine is no exception. Settle in as I, Mike Roth, trade the interviewer's mic for the hot seat, with Wayne Richard leading the charge. From my humble beginnings in Far Rockaway to the vibrant pulse of Miami, I unravel the threads of my family tapestry, complete with the legacy of my father's leather business. Memories of high school band days and backstage drama antics stitch together the rich fabric that formed the backdrop to my career pivot, from engineering to the dynamic dance of sales.Strap in for a thrill ride through the highs and lows of my sales saga at Telex. It's a chapter rife with legal battles, vast territories, and the glitzy grind of client schmoozing—a nod to a relative's tenure at the helm of Hewlett Packard. You'll discover how a twist of fate with a Wats box at NYU not only saved our payroll but also served up a masterclass in resilience. Navigating through the early days of my engineering aspirations to the cutthroat sales floor, I share the valuable detours that rerouted my professional destiny.When the curtain rises on The Villages chapter, laughter and loss dance a delicate duet. Acting and improv taught me life's script is often improvised, a lesson I carry into the sales strategies that once seemed as improbable as a multiplying machine gone rogue. Meanwhile, my podcasting odyssey in Cincinnati spotlights the unscripted symphony of local business leaders' stories, continuing to echo success. So, join me for an episode that harmonizes the unexpected melodies of life, where every note promises to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
49:30 3/22/24
Last Public Meeting on Fire Services Funding with Kathleen Gowin on March 25, 2PM at Ezell
Send us a Text Message. In today's special episode of Open Forum in the Villages, Florida, I have a special guest, Kathleen Gowin. Kathleen is a member of the VPSDDD. That is the new board that's managing the fire district here in Sumter County Unlock the secrets to potentially lower fire district taxes in Sumter County's slice of the Villages, Florida, with board member Kathleen Gowin guiding us through the intricacies of the proposed changes. If you're a local homeowner or business owner, this episode is your roadmap to understanding how the new fire assessment methodology could streamline expenses and lock in rates for the next five years. Kathleen illuminates the critical details behind the upcoming March 25th meeting, the third and final chance for public enlightenment on this pressing topic.Join the conversation at the Ezell Recreation Center or tune in to our episode to catch Kathleen's expertise on the existing tax structure and the promising benefits of the new approach. This isn't just about numbers—it's about the future of our community's emergency services and how we can all play a role in the March 25th board meeting and beyond, Kathleen's insights are indispensable for residents eager to stay informed and possibly save on their bills while ensuring the necessary funding for our brave firefighters and EMTs.Become a Supporter: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1974255/supportSupport the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
07:07 3/19/24
Sheila Keane's Reflections on Cultural Roots and the Art of Dementia Care
Send us a Text Message.As Sheila Keane recounts her early years amidst the colorful backdrop of the Caribbean, you'll find yourself transported to the sights and sounds that shaped her formidable spirit. Our conversation with Sheila unfolds an intimate sliver of history, from the Cuban revolution to the sun-soaked shores of St. Lucia, and the spiritual awakening that followed her harrowing brushes with death. Through her vivid storytelling, Sheila illustrates the power of culture, place, and personal evolution, inviting us to explore the ways in which our origins forge the paths we tread.Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be a profound journey of love, loss, and unexpected growth. I bare my soul about the highs and lows of this experience, revealing how self-development and spiritual insights have been my anchors in the turbulent sea of caregiving. We delve into the hard-hitting reality of caregiver stress and the necessity of self-care through nutrition and community support. The lessons from "Empower Caregiver Sky to Dementia" promise not just solace but also empowerment for those walking this path.In our candid exploration of end-of-life care, I share personal anecdotes and hard-earned wisdom that will soon find a place in the addendum to my book. We tackle the labyrinth of regulations and the pressing need for comprehensive dementia care guidance. These conversations underscore the resilience inherent in our human connections, even as dementia tries to cloud them. It's a heartfelt reminder of the beauty that persists in life's final chapters, aiming to offer solace and practical advice to those facing the complexities of caregiving.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
29:28 3/15/24
Journey to Self-Discovery: Janet Philbin on Healing, Hypnosis, and Holistic Growth
Send us a Text Message.Embrace the transformative journey to self-discovery and healing with Janet Philbin, the insightful clinical social worker and author behind "Show Up for Yourself: A Guide to Inner Awareness and Growth." Our enlightening conversation with Janet unveils the delicate dance between professional therapy and conscious parenting, where authority takes a backseat to companionship in guiding our children. Her Spiral of Healing framework is a revelation, offering an innovative path to personal evolution, while her book promises to steer you away from conventional self-help and towards a more profound understanding of your inner landscape through self-reflection and journaling prompts.Get ready to shed your preconceptions about hypnosis as Janet demystifies this powerful therapeutic tool, debunking myths and allaying fears around mind control. We navigate the depths of emotional healing, confronting the fallacy of external pursuits of happiness and recognizing the imperative to fill our internal voids with authentic self-love and forgiveness. Janet's expertise illuminates the difference between constructive habits and addictive behaviors, offering a beacon of hope to those seeking to overcome personal struggles and embrace a life of balance and emotional well-being.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
25:26 3/8/24
The Touch Tennis Revolution: Embracing the Game's Health Benefits and Community Spirit in Florida's Villages
Send us a Text Message.Uncover the charm and health benefits of Touch Tennis as Mike Dumbropski, a tennis aficionado, paints a vivid picture of this emerging sport in the sunny climes of Florida's Villages. It's a game that promises extended rallies, fun, and accessibility for everyone, regardless of mobility or fitness levels. Our chat with Mike is not just a revelation of Touch Tennis's unique attributes, like its soft foam balls, but also an exploration of how this sport is blossoming in various courts and becoming a community favorite, with players eagerly swapping their traditional rackets for this lighthearted alternative.Touch Tennis isn't just a game—it's a burgeoning movement with the power to welcome new enthusiasts into the fold. In this episode, we glimpse its impressive growth opportunities and how it's harmoniously coexisting with pickleball facilities. We discuss the hustle of activity around the sport and how organizations like USTA are lending support to nurture this potential wave of tennis aficionados. Imagine a sport where playing doesn't mean waiting and where every swing of the racket is an invitation to discover the joy of the game anew.As we weave through the narrative of Touch Tennis, the conversation takes an intriguing turn towards the sport's potential role in Alzheimer's prevention. The episode doesn't just serve up an overview of the sport's history and promotion; it serves as a springboard into broader discussions on lifestyle and cognitive health. Dr. Craig Curtis joins in, offering a wealth of knowledge on the benefits of staying active and how strategic diet choices can help us lead healthier, fuller lives. It's a compelling blend of leisure and longevity that might just inspire you to pick up a racket—or a foam ball—and join the Touch Tennis revolution.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
29:41 3/1/24
Decoding Alzheimer's: Dr. Craig Curtis on Pioneering Research and the MIND Diet Connection
Send us a Text Message.Unlock the mysteries of the mind with Dr. Craig Curtis as we journey through the latest innovations in Alzheimer's research and the promise of novel treatments that have the power to alter the trajectory of this devastating disease. With America's silver generation growing by the minute, Dr. Curtis enlightens us on a breakthrough blood test that could signal the presence of Alzheimer's plaques early on, and Aducanumab, an FDA-approved drug that's slowing the disease's progression. We're not just talking science; we're discussing hope, the future of medical care, and how Medicare plays a pivotal role in bringing these advancements from the lab to the lives they're meant to change.Feast your brain on the MIND diet episode segment, where we break down the brain-boosting benefits of this innovative eating plan. Dr. Curtis guides us on how to marry the Mediterranean diet with an American twist, revealing how even a moderate adherence can keep our grey matter in prime condition. And if you've ever wondered about the effects of fasting on your cognitive fortress, tune in for a compelling look at how taking a break from eating could fuel inflammation reduction and cellular rejuvenation. Prepare to be inspired to take proactive steps towards safeguarding your cognitive future.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
23:33 2/23/24
Harmonic Highways: A Musical Tribute to America's Mother Road
Send us a Text Message.Every journey has its soundtrack, and my latest chat with Wayne Richard is like a melody weaving through the heartland of America. From Chicago's bustling streets to the serene lifestyle of The Villages, Florida, Wayne's story is a testament to the power of music and its ability to shape our lives. We explore his baseball-filled childhood, his foray into the world of radio and back to the strings and keys that define his spirit. Listen in as Wayne shares charming tales of Mackinaw Island, his unexpected role as an improv comedy accompanist, and how these experiences have composed the unique symphony of his life.The spirit of Route 66 beckons, and within this episode lies the tribute to the cultural icon that has connected countless souls across the states. I recount the story of a man whose dedication sparked a movement to preserve the Mother Road, weaving the nostalgia of this historic pathway with our own adventures on its asphalt. Imagine the taste of Ted Drew's legendary shakes and the quirky encounters that turn a road trip into a treasure trove of memories. And if the open road calls to you, don't miss the details of the upcoming performance at Morgan Junction—our musical homage to Route 66 that's sure to stir the wanderlust in your soul.Our final leg of this auditory road trip cruises through the lanes of family memories, the peculiarities of regional dialects, and the quirks that paint the American linguistic landscape. From the comical mispronunciations of 'Kissimmee' to adopting 'y'all' as an endearing term, these tales highlight the joyous connections we forge. Join us as we laugh, reminisce, and marvel at the rich tapestry of speech that binds us, all while celebrating the unity and discovery that podcasting brings into our lives. Tune in, and let's share the laughter and the language of our grand American mosaic.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
33:48 2/16/24
Exploring the Art of Audio Profit and Boosting Brain Health with Dr. Craig Curtis
Send us a Text Message.Unlock the potential of your voice and ideas as I recount my electrifying journey through PodFest 2024, brimming with the latest podcasting innovations and savvy monetization tactics awaiting your discovery. As the narrative unwinds, you'll glimpse the future of content creation, learn about a pioneering course crafted for audio aficionados eager to monetize their mellifluous musings, and understand how the inclusion of YouTube distribution via Headliner can amplify your reach. The episode also provides a chuckle with a tale from a night of comedy at PodFest, reminding us that podcasting isn't just a craft, but also a community.Sharpen your mind and enrich your daily routine with the wisdom of Dr. Craig Curtis, a luminary in brain health, who graces us with actionable insights on nurturing cognitive vitality. Dr. Curtis doesn't just share knowledge—he offers a pathway to a seminar designed to deepen your understanding of brain wellness. As anticipation builds, get excited for the melodious tones of musician Wayne Richards and the compelling narratives from an array of authors slated for future episodes. Engage with the show through reviews, and if you have insights to share or know someone who does, consider this an open invitation to join our vibrant podcast family.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
09:25 2/9/24
Life Beyond Sight Loss with Janet Underwood and a Community's Embrace
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an inspirational journey with Janet and Howard Underwood, who graciously open up about their transformative life experiences and the power of community in The Villages of Florida. Janet's narrative begins with the challenges she faced after losing her sight at 15, and how this profound change led her to conquer Braille and build an impressive 32-year career with the IRS. Howard, a former litigation attorney, shares anecdotes from his own professional path, reflecting on the intriguing cases that colored his career. Together, they illustrate the resilience of the spirit in the wake of adversity, offering a heartfelt conversation that is bound to engage and inspire.As we delve further into the lives of those in The Villages, we uncover the breadth of support available for the visually impaired—highlighting groups like the Visually Impaired Persons Support Group and New Vision, and their vital role in fostering integration and independence. Then, we switch gears to explore the vibrant art of improvisational storytelling, where characters like young Billy bring a touch of whimsy to our discussion. Additionally, we examine the evolving landscape of resources for the visually impaired, from innovations in Braille and audiobook technology to the crucial support provided by the Library of Congress. Join us for this enriching episode that intertwines personal triumphs, the latest in Alzheimer's research, transportation insights, and the joy of literary exploration.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
28:32 2/2/24
Smiles Redefined through Science and Empathy with Stephanie Steckel
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever considered how a passion for art could beautifully align with the precision of science? Stephanie Steckel, a seasoned orthodontist, joins us to share the captivating story of her career switch from general dentistry to a fulfilling life in orthodontics, spanning over two decades. Her heartfelt dedication not only to her practice but also to guiding others through their orthodontic journeys led her to author "Crooked: A Guide to Orthodontic Treatment," a testament to the transformative power of a smile. Throughout our chat, Stephanie uncovers the value of the deep bonds formed between orthodontist and patient, bonds that are nurtured over the course of a treatment period averaging 21 months, and how these relationships are enriched by shared experiences and empathy, much like the lessons she learned from caring for her ailing pet.Embark on an insightful exploration into the intricacies of adult orthodontics, as Stephanie Steckel lends her expertise on why straightening your smile later in life might be more than just an aesthetic choice. Adult patients, she finds, often stumble upon surprising perks during their treatments, including lifestyle changes leading to weight loss. We tackle the technology behind today's orthodontics, from the personalized crafting of braces to the sleek appeal of Invisalign, while also addressing those ever-present concerns about pain, expense, and the duration of treatment. By the end of our conversation, it's clear that the benefits of orthodontic care extend well beyond a perfect smile, contributing to improved health and a surge in self-assuredness, as evidenced by adults who've shared their transformative experiences with us. If you've been contemplating a journey from 'Crooked to Straight,' Stephanie's insights may just tip the scales.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
23:24 1/26/24
The Road Less Traveled: Frank O'Donnell's Adventure in Car Collecting
Send us a Text Message.Get ready to embark on an adventurous ride with car enthusiast and collector, Frank O'Donnell. This episode is studded with powerful stories of how Frank's love for cars shaped his life, from restoring his first car to writing about cars. He lives by his philosophy, "Tempest Fugit Momento Mori," reminding us all to treasure every moment. His infectious enthusiasm is sure to start your engines as he gives us a peek into his enviable collection of eight rare collectible cars.We shift gears from Frank's personal journey to delve into more technical aspects of classic car restorations, focusing on the immaculate process of restoring a 1965 Corvette Stingray Coupe. But the conversation is not just about cars. We also touch upon serious topics like Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and the effectiveness of new medicines. Not to forget, for all you classic car lovers, we discuss beauties like the 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, the butterfly doored 1993 Toyota Serra, and Frank's favorite, the 1970 Oldsmobile 442.As we tread the final lap of our exciting journey, Frank shares his decision to stop collecting cars at 70 and his experience selling part of his collection. Listen up for some valuable insights on the unique platform of Bring a Trailer for buying and selling specialty cars. We wrap up the episode with a nod to our supporters and a look ahead to the next episode, featuring Dr. Craig Curtis. So buckle up listeners, because this episode is full throttle!Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
29:21 1/19/24
The Power of Barley and Oats: William Shang, MD on Lowering Blood Sugar and Triglycerides
Send us a Text Message.Is your health a priority? Need solid advice on how to keep your blood sugar levels in check and shed those extra pounds? Look no further! We're bringing you a fascinating discussion with the acclaimed author, William Shang, MD. His book,  "The Thin Prediabetic: A Plant-Based Approach," have been great game changers. In our chat, he highlights the crucial role of plant-based supplements and fiber in maintaining blood sugar levels and weight loss. He'll reveal a study that illustrates how whole barley can significantly lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and LDL. Plus, we'll discuss the effect of stomach bypass surgery on blood glucose levels.But wait, there's more! We're also thrilled to share about the remarkable mission of Dr. Craig Curtis, who has devoted his career to teaching the community how to live healthier, longer lives. Interested in Alzheimer's prevention tips or eager to learn more about community health? Dr. Curtis has got you covered! Check out his website and don't miss his free seminars. As a bonus, we're excited to announce upcoming episodes featuring Dr. Curtis himself. Join us on this journey towards improved health, and if you know someone who would make a great guest on the show, let us know. We thank you for being a part of our community!Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
14:48 1/12/24
Redefining Health: The Role of Exercise and Beating Sugar Addiction #2 OF 3
Send us a Text Message.Ready to revolutionize the way you think about weight loss and exercise? We promise you'll gain newfound insight as we chat with Dr. William Shang, sharing his personal journey and profound understanding of insulin resistance and weight management. Hear about the transformative role of exercise, particularly strength training, in boosting basal metabolic rate and preventing diabetes. Learn why building lean body mass is a game-changer and not to be overlooked.Ever wondered about the link between your sweet tooth and your mood or energy levels? Get set for a fascinating deep-dive into sugar addiction and its consequences, including a surprising look at how sugar came to dominate our diets. With the help of a unique plant-based remedy from India, Gymnema Sylvestre, we explore realistic ways to curb those sugar cravings. We also delve into the potential of coffee as a dessert substitute and other natural aids for weight and blood sugar control. Finally, be inspired by Dr. Craig Curtis's unwavering commitment to community health education, and discover practical tips for living a longer, healthier life. From weekly Alzheimer's tips to the promotion of longevity, there's a wealth of knowledge waiting for you. Tune in for an invigorating conversation that promises to challenge and change the way you approach your health.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
18:31 1/5/24
Traveling through Time with Music: An Encounter with Antique Instruments
Send us a Text Message.Are you ready to time travel through music? Join us on a captivating journey into the world of antique musical instruments with our special guest, Craig Darlak. A proud owner of the 1984 Bruins violino pan organ, Craig gives us a fascinating insight into the making and mechanics of this historical piece. We're also treated to some enchanting organ melodies that resonate through time. But that's not all! We'll also talk about the power of regular exercise and its impact on brain health, focusing on low-impact routines for those with weak joints. We also share unique gift ideas like a carousel music box, perfect for adults and music lovers. As we wrap up, we express our profound gratitude to our supporters and remind everyone that the quality content we produce is protected by copyright. Whether you're here for the music, wellness tips, or innovative discussions, there's something for everyone in this episode. So sit back, relax, and let the narratives of history, music, and health carry you away.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
34:02 12/29/23
Revealing the Anti-Aging Benefits of Strength Training: A Chat with William Shang, MD
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered about the secret to a youthful body and mind? We welcome Dr. William Shang on our podcast, an ardent believer in the power of strength training. He takes us on a riveting journey of his personal transformation and how he uncovered the critical role strength training plays in fending off age-related diseases such as sarcopenia. Drawing parallels to the legend of the fountain of youth and the mighty Calusa Indians, Dr. Shang sheds light on how strength training can drastically enhance your health and overall well-being. We're dispelling myths and misconceptions in the second part of our conversation. Strength training isn't solely for bodybuilders - it's a game-changer for senior health, too. It's time to shatter stereotypes and embrace the power of strength training to boost metabolism and overall health. Dr. Shang shares practical tips and warns against getting seduced by extreme programs intended for the younger population. Wrapping up, we delve into the wisdom of Dr. Craig Curtis on preserving brain health. His advice? A Mediterranean diet could be the key. Stay with us as we explore strength training, healthy eating, and the quest for a healthier, longer life.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
21:06 12/22/23
Podcasting Innovation: Season 5 of Open Forum in the Villages Florida Podcast
Send us a Text Message.Are you ready to embark on a sonic journey like no other? Open Forum in the Villages Florida podcast is back for Season 5, and trust us, it's an audio carnival you don't want to miss! From AI announcers to a Villages-centric logo, we've taken significant strides to make our show more enjoyable for you. The most remarkable change? Our episodes will now be mostly in stereo, thanks to our new four-channel recording device aimed at providing better audio quality and speaker consistency. We've set ourselves an ambitious goal, to reach more guests without compromising on our content. So, even if our esteemed guests can't make it to our studio, we'll connect with them via phone recordings. Yes, the audio quality might dip slightly, but the insights and experiences they bring to the table will be worth it. Furthermore, we're thrilled to announce our attendance at the podcasting convention in Orlando in late January. Expect us to return with fresh ideas and the latest podcasting trends. Oh, and don't forget about our podcasting course at the Enrichment Academy in early February, a golden opportunity for Villagers to delve into the world of podcasting. And for those seeking an evening full of laughter and fun, keep an eye on our improv club's performances in January and February. It's going to be one hell of a season!Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
06:49 12/15/23
An Active Approach to Aging: Fall Prevention Techniques and Balance Exercises
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how Pilates and movement can play a crucial role in preventing falls, especially for seniors? Prepare to have your curiosity quenched with this episode's special guest, Ed Yuiska, a retired physical therapist. Now, Ed spends his time teaching fall prevention at La Hacienda and is ready to spill the beans on his unique approach to health and wellness that actively engages the cerebellum for improved balance. We turn the spotlight on the importance of movement, with insights into balance-enhancing exercises and the role of the cerebellum in maintaining poise. We also delve into the world of Pilates and its value for core and trunk strengthening. Bonus: Dr. Craig Curtis, another guest, shares valuable tips on nourishing the brain by regulating sugar and cholesterol intake. And don't worry, we've got your safety in our minds as we assure you that while falls can happen during classes, they're always without injury.Finally, we touch on practical techniques to prevent falls and how to get back up safely, mainly crafted for older individuals. We've got you covered on managing vertigo and its effects on these balance practices. We also encourage regular balance testing with three tests to give a shot. Tune in to hear from our guest, Ed Williams, as he shares his experience with a small class exercise that encourages less sitting and more movement, promoting an active lifestyle. Remember, a healthier life is just a listen away!Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
26:30 12/8/23
The Sabatini Effect: Navigating the Course of Congressional Change
Send us a Text Message.Fasten your seatbelts as we navigate the political landscape with Anthony Sabatini, an impassioned candidate embarking on the race for District 11 in the United States Congress. Brace yourself for an illuminating exchange, where Sabatini unfolds his conservative agenda, his proposals for government reform, and his strategy towards tackling systemic corruption. His service in the Florida Army National Guard, his leadership as the chairman of the Lake County Republican Party, and his experiences fuel his fervor for building a wall, deporting illegal immigrants, and slicing taxes. He is poised to shake things up in ICE and Customs and Border Patrol, with his sights set on curbing government corruption.Our journey doesn't stop there. We delve into the heated debates of Supreme Court term limits and election security, punctuated by Sabatini's intriguing insights. Can younger judges invigorate the Supreme Court while maintaining their neutrality? Is federal involvement in election security an answer or an affront to democracy? We untangle these queries, explore the possibility of condensing voting to a single day, and expose the underbelly of election fraud. Sabatini draws a stark contrast with the incumbent, presenting his vision for government reform, funding, and energy policy.From Sabatini's candid critique of his opponent to his unwavering support for Israel and Taiwan, we cover the gamut of age in politics and international relations. Hear Sabatini discuss the reorganization of federal departments and make sure you're ready for his radical idea of eliminating the Department of Education. As we wrap up, we take a moment to appreciate our supporters and introduce Dr. Craig Curtis, who will be sharing his valuable Alzheimer's tips each week. This conversation is a treasure trove of insights from a fervent congressional candidate. Don't miss out!Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
28:45 12/1/23
Anthony Pellicano's Mission to Reinvent Community Policing in Sumter County
Send us a Text Message.Get ready to be inspired as we sit down with Anthony Pellicano, a man of service with an illustrious career in the US Army and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, who is currently running for Sumter County Sheriff. We take you on a journey of his life, unfolding his experiences, qualifications, and the burning desire to serve his community in a novel capacity. Amidst our conversation, we'll also reveal our freshly minted podcast features, featuring AI-generated titles and chapter markers, and our exciting move towards listener-supported episodes.We plunge into an elaborate discussion about community policing in Sumter County, throwing light on Anthony's groundbreaking vision to build trust and collaboration with local neighborhoods. Hear him speak about his plans to stay poised amidst political pressures and keep his finger on the pulse of the community's ever-evolving needs. Furthermore, our special guest Ethan, a Sumter County resident, walks us through the law enforcement perspective in the county, emphasizing the importance of inter-department communication, patrol visibility, traffic safety, and event security. Join us for this riveting conversation as we explore strategies to strengthen the bond between the Sumter County Sheriff's department and the community it diligently serves.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
24:55 11/24/23
Navigating Retirement: Jim Bodenner on Long-term Care, Emergency Preparedness and Outsmarting Medicare Fraud
Send us a Text Message.Get ready for a riveting dialogue with Jim Bodenner, the insightful president of The Villages chapter of the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN). We'll navigate through a multitude of topics, including the hefty cost of long-term care, the significance of insurance, and an innovative concept known as "plan C" - the zero-step home! Additionally, we'll explore the paramount importance of emergency preparedness, from the value of a Knox box to the life-saving AED program in the Villages. We'll unveil the revolutionary Smart911 app that provides 911 operators with crucial information during emergencies. As we wrap up our conversation, we delve into the dark world of Medicare fraud and identity theft, discussing preventive measures and how to set up alerts on your credit card account. Plus, don't miss the Alzheimer's tip from Dr. Craig Curtis and learn about Jim's commendable efforts with NRLN, Rotary, and Langley Health Services to provide low-cost dental services to low-income veterans. Brace yourself, this episode is brimming with enlightening discussions and valuable insights!Jim Bodenner is a retired attorney and Jim and his wife owned a longterm care business for 25 years.  Jim is a regular speaker for the NRLN which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for issues that impact retirees.Support the Show.Open Forum in The Villages, Florida is Produced & Directed by Mike RothA new episode will be released most Fridays at 9 AMDirect all questions and comments to mike@rothvoice.comIf you know a Villager who should appear on the show, please contact us at: mike@rothvoice.com
28:44 11/17/23