Ariana Neumann grew up as the beloved only child in a wealthy Venezuelan household, doted on by her glamorous mother and her father, Hans, a successful industrialist involved in arts, media and education. Hans was meticulous, the type who saved everything. But when Ariana went to his home after his death, she found everything cleared away but the contents of one drawer. Ariana is here today with her memoir, “When Time Stopped – A memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains”. Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo’s eyes.We had a great discussion of her childhood, her journey in the research of the clues her father left her and much more. This is a great read and a wonderful conversation.
Today’s guest has a riveting story that is filled with brutal honesty and crushing secrets. Growing up in LA, Erin Khar hid behind a picture-perfect childhood filled with excellent grades, a popular group of friends and horseback riding. In her book, “Strung Out – One last hit and other lies that nearly killed me”, she shares how she first began experimenting with her grandmother’s expired painkillers and moved to heroin when she was thirteen. The drug allowed her to escape from pressures of a “not so happy childhood” and suppress all the heavy feelings she couldn’t understand. Clean for 17 years, she talks about the difference between those addicts that enjoy the high and those who are trying to feel nothing. erinkhar.com
After serving in a scout-sniper platoon in Mosul, Tom Voss came home carrying invisible wounds of war — the memory of doing or witnessing things that went against his fundamental beliefs. This was not a physical injury that could heal with medication and time but a “moral injury” — a wound to the soul that eventually urged him toward suicide. Desperate for relief from the pain and guilt that haunted him, Voss embarked on a 2,700-mile journey across America, walking from Milwaukee to the Pacific Ocean with a fellow veteran. My guest today is Rebecca Nguyen, co-author of Where War Ends – a Combat Veterans 2700 mile Journey to Heal – Recovering from PTSD and Moral Injury through Meditation. Rebecca shares insight into what family members and friends can do and much more. Learn more about Tom at themeditatingvet.com
Teri Knight talks with Sands Hall. In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way as an artist—finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer. Sands time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. In Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology – A Memoir, Hall shares what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides and escape. Sands shares WHY a “sane” person would be drawn in and what it was like for her to relive that painful past as she shared her experience. sandshall.com
Teri Knight talks with Meredith May about her book, “The Honey Bus – A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees”. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. She talks about her mother’s mental illness and how her grandfather, who turned out not to be her biological grandfather, and the bees helped her understand the intricacies of family. meredithamay.net