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Feature Friday with David Temple & Sean O’Rourke
June 18, 2021, 6:03 am
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“So many books, so little time.” Frank Zappa

2021:20

This might just be me, but I’ve often thought, the best reason to integrate a computer with my brain is so I could read 100 books a day.  But then I think, that would defeat the whole purpose of the experience.  While I don’t read as many physical books as I used to (Kindle & audio predominate), turning pages is still a joyful accomplishment.

David Temple and I met in 1996.  Our friendship grew over talks about books, movies, TV, music, writing, etc., etc., etc.  So there’s no one I wanted to kick off the Top 10 List of Did You Know That? episodes than him.  David, being the author of many a novel, gets books.

Our lists are below (the episode highlights why we chose these).  Let us know if any these would make your list or put your own list in the comments.

You can learn all about David and his works via the various channels below.  His latest novel, “The Impostor,” will be released on July 1, 2021.

Books: https://geni.us/DavidTempleBooks

Podcast: https://davidtemplebooks.com/podcasts/naked-monday (or wherever you get your podcasts)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidetemple/

Twitter: @davetemple

Instagram: davidtempleauthor

Music: “Easy Money” by Rex Banner via Artlist

David’s List:

1. The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills)

2. The Force (Don Winslow)

3. Into the Black Nowhere (Meg Gardiner)

4. On Writing (Stephen King)

5. The War of Art (Steven Pressfield)

6. The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)

7. The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)

8. Savage Son (Jack Carr)

9. The Chain (Adrian McKinty)

10. Falling (T. J. Newman)

Sean’s List:

1. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)

2. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

3. Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow)

4. Muhammed Ali (Thomas Hauser)

5. Days of Grace (Arthur Ashe)

6. Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)

7. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (Grant Morrison & Dave McKean)

8. Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankel)

9. Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

10. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)



Tenacious Tuesday with Gretta Zutz

Fertility Isn’t A Dirty Word – How Opening Up About It Changed Everything

Fertility is a hush hush topic that unless you’re in it, many don’t understand. Time to shake that up.

Gretta Zutz sits down with us today to share her journey, how opening up about her story changed everything for her and her family and how she is now dedicated to implementing fertility in her financial services practice in order to support her clients & friends.   If you’d like to have a conversation with Gretta about support groups, any doctors she used etc., feel free to connect with Gretta directly on LinkedIn by clicking HERE!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fertility-isnt-dirty-word-how-opening-up-about-it-changed/id1525146944?i=1000524507164

To connect with the Try & Stop Me Podcast host, Colleen Blum, click HERE!



Feature Friday with DYKT? Snippets

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb

Resilience is a foundational component of human nature and business.  The ability to get up sometimes is all that separates the successful from the also-rans, because getting knocked down is unavoidable in many instances.  Like cyber.

The phrase du jour about cyber is, it’s not if but when you’ll experience a cyber event.  Unfortunately, this is not hyperbole; it’s 99.782% fact, especially for businesses.  So what’s a business to do?  Get resilient.

DYKT? Snippets Ep. 3 touches on cyber resiliency, cyber risks, and where cyber insurance fits into the picture.  The five videos take less than 20 minutes but could prove invaluable in preparing your business for the inevitable.

Music: “Camaro” by Oliver Michael via Artlist



Feature Friday with Rebecca Rakoski

“No longer are technology and cyber issues confined to tech geeks in some backroom. In the digital age, IT issues are front and center.”  Will Hurd

2021:17

During my 25+ years in and around technology, the most common refrain from those on the business side of a company when it came to cyber was, “It’s an IT problem.”  That is not the case any longer.  Your IT folks have to be involved in the discussion, but cyber is most definitely a business problem now.  Don’t believe me?  Maybe my next guest on Did You Know That? can convince you.

Rebecca Rakoski is a founding partner of XPAN Law Partners, a practice primarily dedicated to their client’s cyber welfare.  Our conversation focuses on what that means for businesses; some best practices required to stay in “compliance;” and a host of other elements of a cyber program.

Website: https://xpanlawpartners.com/

LinkedIn (personal): https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-rakoski-esq-1460b116/

LinkedIn (firm): https://www.linkedin.com/company/xpan-law-partners/

Twitter: @XPANLawPartners

Email: rrakoski@xpanlawpartners.com



Feature Friday with Jim Mottola

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

COVID-19 has certainly made its presence felt at the two-decade mark of the 21st Century (both negatively and positively). The current bent of the world toward vaccinations as a prerequisite for reopening naturally leads to a conversation about identification.

Jim Mottola and I talked about this very topic on the premier episode of Everything Cyber, so we’re returning to this fertile ground to address the changes since and possible future of dynamic identification.


James Mottola: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmottola/
Sean O’Rourke: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scorcyber/

Music: “Tunnel Vision” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist



Feature Friday with Shira Fisher

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” Mother Teresa

Episode 2021:12

Homelessness has been an issue for humans since a documented history was begun – and probably before. Like most complex societal issues, solutions have been tried, discarded, tried again, discarded again, and so on. Why would efforts in 2021 be different?

That and many other questions are addressed in this episode of Did You Know That? Shira Fisher has spent 13+ years of her life working for organizations using modern technologies, data, and approaches to put a dent in the 55,000 homeless in New York City. Despite the enormity of the effort and the incremental forward progress, she remains convinced this is one societal issue that can be solved. After you experience this conversation, you might as well.

Find out more about Shira and her background via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shira-fisher-8017667/.

Music: “What Makes Us Human” by Attila Erdelyi via Artlist



Feature Friday with Christian Dysart

“You can be a career professional as a judge, a prosecutor, sometimes as a defense attorney, and never insist on fairness and justice. That’s tragic and that’s what we have to change.” Bryan Stevenson

Episode 2021:10

When you read the term defense attorney, what or who springs to mind?  Hold that image in your mind until you meet my next guest on Did You Know That?

Christian Dysart probably doesn’t fit the narrative in your head as to what or who a defense attorney should be.  But he has all the traits you’d want in the person fighting for your freedom/life.  This is a conversation about the role of a defense attorney, criminal law, and how the system works (or doesn’t work) for those accused of a crime.

You can find out more about Christian and his work at:

Website: https://www.dysartwillis.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-e-dysart-9b412a4/

Twitter: @dysartwillis

Instagram: @dysartwillis

Music: “Taurus” by Ace via Artlist



Changing The Provider Experience with Guest Bryan Cush

Bryan Cush, Co-Founder of Tidal Health Group is on a mission to change the way consumers find providers. 

Backed with a strong purpose and the courage to try, he and his team are tackling the large task at hand. 

Listen along as Bryan shares a bit on his background, the company’s mission and some key valuable lessons he’s learned along the way so far.

You can Click Here to check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts!



Feature Friday with Lexi Arnold
February 12, 2021, 4:57 am
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“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” Unknown

Episode 2021:6

Host: Sean O’Rourke

Health can be a perplexing topic for all of us.  Unless afflicted with a condition at birth or in early childhood, we typically grow up believing we control our minds and bodies.  We jump when we want, we say what comes to mind, we sleep when we’re tired, we laugh when amused, we… well, you get the picture.

Lexi Arnold started life with that same belief but was disabused of the notion at a young age.  Her struggles started early and caused mounting physical and mental challenges that affected her quality of life.  Treating the physical issues was the easy part (and I use the term easy in a very loose sense, as you will find out during our conversation); the mental and emotional weight Lexi carried required more understanding, both for Lexi and her family.

In this episode of Did You Know That?, Lexi and I talk about the “shadow” she describes in the essay below.  We discuss how she broached the subject with her parents, why she decided to be so open about her struggles, and what she’s doing to help others.  This is one of the more inspiring episodes I’ve done thus far.

Lexi’s essay: https://lexismentalhealthmatters.jimdofree.com/2019/10/08/the-shadow

Learn more about Lexi at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexiarnold/

Instagram: @lexiarnold



Pancakes For Roger! – The Backstory

February 1st kicks off Combs & Company’s annual campaign to support the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic, which helps veterans and their families navigate the VA claims process and secure disability benefits when they are faced with obstacles along the way.  Combs & Company will make a donation to the Veterans Clinic for every pancake-loving picture you post on social media and use the hashtag #PancakesForRoger.

Many have asked how this campaign began.  It began with a what seemed to be a simple request by my father for some pancakes.  

My dad, Major General Roger E. Combs, served our great country for more than 39 years in three branches of the military (Marines, Army, and Air Force).  When he was coming to the end of his life, I was fortunate enough to return home to King City, MO from my NYC home to be present and help care for him.  Each morning we had a pretty specific routine as the early risers of the family.  I would go to the gym at 5am, return home around 6am to get ready for the day, and then help him have breakfast and get him prepped for his day.  One morning, as I came downstairs, he was setting the kitchen table for himself and I looked at him rather quizzically and asked what he was doing.  He looked at me and said, “I want pancakes for breakfast.”  I smiled at him as my heart broke inside.

Such a simple request was by this time impossible for my dad.  Ten years prior, my father was diagnosed with Agent Orange-related throat cancer, from exposure during his service as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  He’d beaten that cancer and enjoyed a relatively good ten years, but he relapsed twice, and his final treatments required him to have a feeding tube.  He was unable to eat solid foods – and my dad loved food – but he never complained.  He knew the journey he was on.  So his desire for pancakes became a rallying point for me and #PancakesForRoger became my way to honor his greatness.  I share this story as often as I can to help remind myself and others to enjoy the simple things in life, because you never know when they could be taken away. 

So every February, to show support to many veterans who will come to be in my father’s shoes, I issue a challenge for the month to have some “Pancakes for Roger.”  For each picture you post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #PancakesForRoger, Combs & Company will make a donation in Maj. Gen. Combs’ name to the Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law to help further their mission to support our veterans and their families.

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If you are looking to support the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic in a deeper way, feel free to CLICK HERE to make a donation!