He's chatted up some of the biggest names in media and entertainment on his show, now he's chatted up the shortest one! Toronto Mike asked me to join him on his popular podcast to talk about my 10 fav jams.
How can anyone pick their 10 favourite songs? I couldn't. So it's more like the 10 songs that made me. And I wallop you over the head with my first choice. Consider yourself warned ...
The man I'm about to introduce to you has affected millions of Canadians’ lives – and they don’t even know it.
He's also affected my life, tremendously. Because this man is my father.
Back in 1976, my father, Arnie Kurtz, and another Montrealer, Arnold Wollman, fought discrimination in Quebec.
My dad may have lost the 10-year battle, but it was a big win for Canada: It was the catalyst to change our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
My Father Shares His Story For The First time: PART I
It was a decade-long court case, in which my father, the plaintiff, would go up against Canada's future Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mulroney represented the defence – future Quebec separatist leaders.
Despite numerous requests, never would my father talk to media about this – until I invited him on my radio show.
He would be my last guest on my afternoon talk show in Western Canada, and he had no clue it would be his first time discussing his incredible contribution to Canada.
When I made this announcement: "Move Over Tinder And Dating Apps, I'm Now Crowdsourcing My Next Relationship," people thought I was crazy. Don't get me (or them) wrong, I am. But I also may be on to something way saner than online dating.
Tinder and dating apps have conditioned us to treat others as though they are disposable. This social dating experiment is changing that.
The Breakdown's Allison Dore and Jay Brody invited me into the SiriusXM studios for an update on my story - based on 100% honourable intentions. So, here it is. Please don't let my father listen to this. Thank you.
This is either entirely brave or entirely stupid. Then again, perhaps it's both.
While it may appear as though I share so much of my life publicly, I don't. I've created a hard line between personal and private information. So I'll tell you personal things about me and the silly or embarrassing things I do. But I never share private stories ... Stories about my relationships ... Specifically, romantic ones.
And while my intuitive, empathetic nature and ability to network professionally have been boons to my career, these same qualities have led to boondoggles with guys.
Since the proverbial definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, what I'm about to do could quite possibly be the sanest thing I've ever done.
So here's the deal ...
I wrote this piece on the fear of cancer - carcinophobia - for Huffington Post. But here's what I couldn't include in it:
When I was six I thought I was going to die.
This wasn't just a passing thought, it was an all-consuming fear and fixation that severely affected my life and my parents' lives. To the rest of the world, I looked like a happy little girl, but that just masked my monster - my master.
Because of this insidious anxiety, I'd throw up every single night before I went to bed. Every pain, every twinge, everything I didn't even feel - I felt was cancer.
My Bubby - my maternal grandmother - died when I was six. Not from cancer, but I think that's what led to this horrible phobia. So, to avoid an uncertain death, I created numerous self-imposed rules.
Just a few days ago, the world lost one of its greatest Holocaust heroes - and you've probably never even heard of him: Felix Opatowksi. Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it's only fitting that I share his memory - and introduce you to the memories he has shared to prevent another Holocaust.
Anti-Semitism has vehemently returned to Europe within living memory of the Holocaust.
Amid a sense of siege and emergency, there is talk of a mass exodus of Jewish people – Europe's oldest ethnic minority. Look at Paris. And Brussels: Four people murdered in the Jewish museum ... a synagogue ... firebombed. In London, a major supermarket forced to remove kosher food from its shelves for fear that it would incite a riot.
These are but a few examples. But after what happened during the Holocaust, I shouldn’t have any examples.
So let's use Felix's book - and his resiliency and perseverance - as an example to set moving forward.
Find Your Why: A Life-Changing Chat With Navy SEAL Vet Sean Haggerty Of History Channel's ‘The Selection’
Since I was 6 years old, my greatest fear has always been death. So, at 10 years old, when I hit my head on a waterslide and nearly drowned in the shallow end, I became deathly afraid of water. Soon after, an attempt at swimming lessons proved futile. At 16, and again at 19, I wouldn't even go into one of the most magical places on Earth that I had always wanted to experience: The Dead Sea - where it's impossible to sink. Now at 5-feet tall I'm shorter than most puddles, so without the ability to swim, I simply avoided bodies of water for years. Until that eventful day, when I told one of the biggest lies of my life ...
You see, I wanted to be on radio. There were no on-air openings for a kid with zero experience, so I decided to create one: "Danger Girl" - a quirky, on-air stunt character.
COMING SOON: A Life-Changing Chat With Navy SEAL Vet Sean Haggerty From History Channel's 'The Selection'
UPDATE: I've received many enquiries asking when this story will be posted ... I will share it with you - exclusively - right here right now: Find Your Why: A Life-Changing Chat With Navy SEAL Vet Sean Haggerty of History Channel's 'The Selection'
I just had a conversation with a man who has risked his life to save lives as a Navy SEAL sniper. And that's just part of the incredible challenges he's endured - and overcome. If you need the secrets to success, don't read my upcoming feature on Sean Haggerty. (And don't read anything that talks about the "secrets to success," because there are no "secrets" to it.) If you need to gain clarity, perspective, motivation and direction in your life ... You won't want to miss it. Also, don't miss my new favourite TV show The Selection: Special Operations Experiment. It will be your new favourite TV show too. It's kinda like a self-help book that you don't have to read.
If you gave someone fighting cancer $1 million, could that make it go away? What about $10 million? Maybe $100 million? David Bowie had a net worth of $230 million. And his fight against cancer still ended tragically.
And if you gave someone dealing with mental illness $100 million - or any amount of money - could that make it go away? Unfortunately, some of the most qualified people to answer that question have already taken their own lives.
What do you think our Winnipeg Police do? Wrong.
Recently, I was invited on a ride along with the police and I witnessed what you don't get to see them do: Help people who don't want to be helped.
So how do you help people when they don't want your help? And why would someone in need, or even in danger, not want your help?
Before I tell you about three key moments you need to know about from that night, I need to tell you about a real life moment that may hold the key to understanding these questions.
I remember the day the doctor told my father he had six months to live ... "if that." Cancer. Nothing could be done. That night he wrote my mom a goodbye letter. It was like my dad already died that very day. And it was like my family died too.