Podcast Episodes

Could you save your life if you had to? Could you pivot from a mindset of panic and into one of self-preservation? That is exactly what Realtor Dawna Hetzler had to do while showing a house to a man who was threatening her life and demanding she comply with his instructions. She tells of the slow motion, tunnel vision of reality when she knew she was in a dangerous and maybe even deadly situation.

Because she carries a firearm and is trained in its use, Dawna was able to escape harm and maybe death. She not only relates that this could happen to anyone, she is intentional about telling people to train, train, train if you are going to be a firearm carrier. Additionally, she emphasizes that a gun may not be your choice for self-defense but to always be aware of your situation and be on alert for possible danger.

Dawna has used this experience to train other realtors in safety measures and often collaborates with a former police officer turned realtor in this endeavor. She is convinced that her life was not saved because she carries a gun, but because she knew how to and was willing to use it.

Dawna is the author of the book “Walls of a Warrior” and has another book coming out in 2022. She is a national speaker and founder of Jericho Girls Ministry based in Denver, CO.

To follow Dawna Hetzler’s blog, find her books, or learn more about Jericho Girls Ministry, she can be found at: https://dawnahetzler.com/

“The Pivot” was composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

After decades of writing award winning nonfiction books as well as articles for such publications as In Touch Magazine, Our Daily Bread, Guideposts and many more, Patricia Raybon decided to finish a novel she had stared years before the 2020 COVID lock down. This novel is a Christian fiction mystery about a clever, black, female theologian who takes on the daring challenge of solving crime in the 1920s KKK era in Denver, CO.

In this interview, Patricia tells us why she chose to pivot genres, what she is hoping will come from this book, which is based on research of the time period, and how she sees this as being right in line with her mission of writing at the dangerous intersection (especially today) of faith and race.

Her journey is one of saying, “Yes” to God and taking a leap of faith. To find where to buy this new book, “All That is Secret”, as well as connect with Patricia on various platforms, see her information below.

Website for Patricia Raybon at patriciaraybon.com
Twitter at twitter.com/PatriciaRaybon and Facebook at Facebook.com/PatriciaRaybonAuthor
On my Faith Journey Newsletter at http://bit.ly/2jgpasW
Also find her work at Our Daily Bread, Be Encouraged for Day Spring.

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Calling all creatives. If you have ever been in an audience for one of Allen Arnold’s presentations, you will know that his words, his work and his honest accounting of his own life is a blessing of inspiration and encouragement. He invites us to offer our storytelling as a way to “nudge people toward a welcome awakening.” 

If you have never been in one of his presentation audiences, here is your chance to listen to a man whose life is spent helping others bring their creative gifts forth not only for God, but with Him. Allen welcomes us into a world of God’s promises by telling us to just have a desire, voice our willingness and get excited about God’s plan for us when we enter into life of creativity with expectancy. Then sit back and watch God do more than we ever expected or could have ever dreamed of. 

‎While discussing the invitation in his latest book, “Waves of Creativity”, Allen shares many nuggets of how to live into a mystery that hold no guarantee other than God. He encourages us not to settle for anything less and to reject living in a small story life.

To find books by Allen Arnold go to Amazon.com and look for “The Story of With”, “Chaos Can’t”, and “Waves of Creativity”. 

Connect with Allen on his website at http://www.withallen.com 

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero   https://dotseroband.com 

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

It would not be uncommon for a person blessed with multiple gifts and talents to use those for their own fame, calling attention to their accomplishments. But that is simply not the case or intentions of my guest today, Deonte Bolden.

This actor, author, play write, producer and podcaster has a completely different take on how his gifts should be used. And he shows that in his many productions and two books. In discussing his latest book with me today on my podcast he explains that the real fulfillment for him comes when he hears or sees that his work has made a difference in calling attention to and raising awareness of issues we need to address in our societies.

His latest book, “Differently Abled” does just that. Relating his own experiences of watching what life was like for his older brother, Jaquan, Deonte chronicles truths, dismisses myths and encourages readers of all ages to understand that people with disabilities “Have big hearts, are intelligent and have feelings too.” Although a children’s book by design, this work and his words call all of us at any age to begin pivoting our attitudes while modeling that bullying and exclusion are unacceptable.

To find more on Deonte including where to buy his books go to

Instagram.com/DeonteBoldenProductions

Facebook.com/deonteboldenproductions

http://www.deonteboldenproductions.com 


The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com 

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Stephen Watts and his wife owned a successful jazz club in Downtown Denver. He also was a successful musician, touring with a band he helped create. He and his wife hosted multiple international events in their club. Then COVID hit. Suddenly his opportunities to tour, play music and run his business went away. He and his wife struggled to keep their business viable. But like so many others, they had to close.

With few options for work, he had to find a way to pay bills. He accepted a job or “side hustle” as he calls it. He began delivering flowers. During one delivery he found a new opportunity to do his unique ministry of speaking to and helping other alcoholics begin their journey of recovery, as he had done many years before.

In this interview, Stephen unpacks some of the gifts he received even in a time when the world, his in particular, seemed to be disintegrating before his eyes. His words of encouragement, inspiration and faith are a wonderful example of how to look, even in the dark times, for the gifts God is offering. His gifts are always perfect.

If you wish to check out some of Dotsero’s music, see below.

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Jerry Schemmel told himself, “If you are dead, you are not going to be able to do anything. But if you are not, if you happen to survive and are not hurt seriously, don’t panic. Don’t flee the plane but try to help other people and stay calm.”

Those were his thoughts the last two minutes before the plane crashed. He did survive, and he did help others out. But he also witnessed the death of many around him.

In this episode Jerry relates what it was like to spend forty-five minutes knowing that the plane was going to crash, and not everyone was going to walk away. He talks about survivor’s guilt, dealing with the post traumatic trauma and how he pivoted in his life into a ministry to take his story to others who have suffered trauma.

He also encourages others in his book, “Chosen to Live: The Inspiring Story of Flight 232 Survivor, Jerry Schemmel.” You can find that at Amazon Books.com

“The Pivot” composed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

What is the cave? According to Pastor Scott Distler, the cave is that place in your life where you retreat when you have been hurt. In his book, “The Cave: When Ministry Becomes Misery”, Scott shares the story of being betrayed heading into the four signs that can signal we are heading into the cave. The four signs he talks about are fear, isolation, self pity, hopelessness. He introduces us to those well-intentioned dragons who believe they are on a mission of good but can do great harm.

But he also wants us to know what he learned in the cave and how he pivoted out by involving his wife with sharing his authentic feelings, looking for and reaching out for help, offering specific prayers, looking for the fingerprints of God along the journey and walking into forgiveness.

Whether you are a person who has a paid position as a pastor, you are a lay minister or you find yourself being betrayed and hurt by someone in any situation, this book will help you to walk in, through and out of that cave in healthy and authentic ways. A gift for your mental and spiritual health when the dragons come calling.

To find this book from Pastor Scott Distler go to https://www.amazon.com/Cave-When-Ministry-Becomes-Misery
Also available from Barnes and Noble
Go to your local bookstore and ask for the title and author.

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

In part two of our two-part interview, Karen DeArmond Gardner talks about life after she left her abusive marriage of thirty years. She tells us that leaving is just the beginning and not the end on the road to healing from domestic abuse. As she discusses various aspects of seeking help from God and her family, she tells us about writing and publishing her book, Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom.

Karen says this is not a self help book but a book to help women who have escaped domestic abusers learn to love, rely upon and trust again, starting with their relationship with God. By her own account she is a myth buster, truth teller and freedom fighter. And her words in this interview as well as her book prove that to be exactly who she is. Founder of Another One Free Organization, she will inspire you to listen to, learn from and believe the women who are in abusive relationships. Even if you are not in this situation, chances are you know someone who is. Her contact information for her book and website are below.

The Safe House – Your Safer Place app is on both IOS and Android.
Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom by Karen DeArmond Gardner is available at Amazon.com.
Another One Free website https://anotheronefree.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Karen DeArmond Gardner is an authentic voice in the area of domestic abuse, having lived thirty years in a marriage where her husband was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive. In this first of a two part interview, she shares what she learned, when she decided to leave but mostly how she, with the love of her family and relearning about the love of God, began her healing journey. Today she is living a life of freedom in a new marriage of eleven years, and is helping educate and advocate for those still living in intimate terrorism.

Karen tells of the defining moment when she realized she had had enough and that she needed to get out of the home. She helps us understand what domestic abuse or intimate terrorism really is, why we cannot always recognize it and in what ways the church and society fail women due to distorted doctrine and lack of resources. According to Karen, leaving is just the beginning and not the end of healing from the trauma of an abusive marital relationship.

Tune in as she candidly unpacks the truths, myths and processes in the traumatic time after making the decision to leave. She has written a book that she states is not a how to book. Rather it is a Biblical-based guide to rediscovering the love of God and relearning that He indeed loves us and can be trusted to keep His promises.

The Safe House – Your Safer Place app is on both IOS and Android.
Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom by Karen DeArmond Gardner
available at Amazon.com
Another One Free website https://anotheronefree.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Years invested in education and experience can author the message that we are stuck in a profession or relationship because of our investment. But sometimes we have to make the decision to pivot out and into something that feeds our soul, encourages our true  mission and ministry and feeds that creative soul God gifted us with.

Join Dr. Don Owsley as we explore the paths of pivoting when necessary and what that may look like as we yield to the God who paves our way and determines what we are to do with our lives and for others.

A story of walking through the fears of rejecting the images others promote for us to conform to. If you are considering a new path, a new direction or a new way to serve others, this story is for you.

References mentioned:

Don Owsley website: https://www.relavate.org/  where Don blogs and offers services information on his books.

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero   https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com


What happens when you kiss your spouse goodbye and go to work, then get a call telling you that was your last kiss with your beloved? What happens in the hours, days, weeks and years as the healing journey progresses?

Beatrice Bruno is a woman who has been pivoting her whole life in beauty, strength and grace. Please join us as she candidly shares the lessons she learned during the stages of her grief as she pivoted into widowhood and a ministry God gave her to help others pivot in their own grief and pain as well.

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life, leaves no soldiers behind…no matter what branch.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrillSergeantofLife/

Website: http://www.drillsergeantoflife.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Eric Nevins is my first guest on the section called pivoting on my podcast. In this episode Eric tells us how he discovered he was not doing what he was called to do and decided to pivot out of the financial world and use his experience in podcasting to help other people launch and improve their podcasts.

Eric encourages listeners to weigh the cost of staying where they are not fulfilled against the cost of stepping out into a world where their hearts are longing to be. His experience as a podcaster and his story of his own career pivot makes Eric an authentic voice in the world of life changing decisions.

You can catch up with Eric, listen to his podcast Halfway There or check out other spiritual growth resources at https://ericnevins.com/

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

We start a new series this week, lasting at least two months, where we talk about pivoting in circumstances as a result of our own choices or choices made by others that affect us but are out of our control. Join my guests and me as we explore what it is like to pivot out of jobs, life altering results of violence or catastrophe. We will talk about the difficulties faced when suddenly finding ourselves grieving the loss of a loved one or understanding the issues of infertility or cancer.

It is a great line up friends to help you no matter what your age, stage or circumstances to keep livin’ what your given.

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

At the age of 75, after decades of loyalty to her employer and multiple awards for excellence as an employee, Rebecca Danigelis was called into a management office and told this would be her last day. No notice, no warning. The reason?  According to her son, Sian-Pierre Regis, “She was fired for being too old.” Even though Sian-Pierre could not get her another job, he could tell her story.  And tell her story he did. It turned out to be a story that was universal with thousands of people responding and saying this was their story too.

Through the use of terrific storytelling and photo journalism, the movie Duty Free was born. The trailer was viewed by over thirty-eight  million people and premiered in thirty theaters  in May 2021.  But this is not just a story of loss. It is a beautiful story of pivoting in unfairness of ageism while modeling honesty,  grace, beauty and love. All of these attributes define the mission of this mother and son team to dismiss the myth saying that as we age, we no longer have worth or the ability to be useful to our society.

If you see only one movie in 2021, let it be Duty Free. Details on how to do that are below on the website listed. I think you will want to hear and see this story time and time again.


Website for Movie Duty Free and information about Impact Campaign https://www.dutyfreefilm.com/

FB page for Duty Free Film to keep up with upcoming announcements including a big one coming soon https://www.facebook.com/DutyFreeFilm

Changing the Narrative to end ageism https://changingthenarrativeco.org/

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero   https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

“Loosening the reins and leaning into a creative life” is the philosophy of my guest this week, Jayme Mansfield.  And she tells us how she does that in fine art and in her writing journey.

In her latest book, “Seasoned,” she chronicles a story through the lens of fiction that is based on real life experiences.  While unpacking some of the issues and challenges that were faced by the main characters in her book, she shares  common threads that reflects the challenges faced by many older couples when finding a second chance at love.

Hope, faith and forgiveness in gentleness are themes that Jayme shares as we walk this road with two people carrying baggage of the past, navigating  family dynamics and the truth of challenges faced by couples no matter the stage or age.  In an expertly crafted book, she shares that  older people are still valuable and wise with needs, wants and desires for companionship, community and love.

The book “Seasoned” is available, along with  other books by Jayme and information about her art studio at her website  https://www.jaymehmansfield.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotseo   https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Marla is most grateful for her role as daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves her deeply and knew how  to restore broken areas of her life… and continues to do so. She had the awesome privilege — and challenging job — of taking care of her earthly father, Bob Lindstrom, when his wife of 60 years who was also her mom, Bev, passed away in 2016.

When Marla became a caretaker for her father she tells us their relationship was not that of best friends. She and her father were not close. But God had some lessons planned for her as she said yes to this role. She also learned about love, reconciliation, redemption and restoration  as she began to see changes in herself while  learning from both her earthly and heavenly father. 

She shares with us several poignant stores all of which taught her what it means to not merely live FOR God, but to live vibrant life in communion WITH Him, enjoying his presence!

Marla is an award-winning writer coach and mentor, editor, book project manager and creative journalist (particularly fond of telling peoples’ true stories). She loves encouraging others to succeed in using and developing the gifts God has given them, and she’s proud of the recognition they’ve earned. She had the privilege of serving on the ground floor of Good Catch Publishing as a freelance project manager, editor and new writer trainer from February 2008–April 2019. She has helped in the writing and publishing of 30 books.

To reach out to Marla, you can find her at:

TellYourStoryToo@msn.com
Facebook: Marla Lindstrom Benroth, Writer Coach & Creative Journalist
Telling God’s Ways Through Peoples’ Stories

“Fighting for Integrity” by Dr. Russ Frase found at https://www.amazon.com/Fight-Integrity-Russ-Frase

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotseo   https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

In the first several sessions of this podcast, we  explore some of the myths, truths, beauties and challenges of the aging process. One aspect of aging that fits all of the above is caregiving. My guest today is Nadine Roberts Cornish is a lady who takes care of those who take care of others. She helps shed light on some of the challenges we may face and the resources that are available as we face those challenges as caregivers and as those who are receiving care.  Nadine points out that there is no way a caregiver cannot be changed to reach their higher self when on the caregiver journey.

She defines conscious caregiving as caring on purpose with intent and a plan. She shares stages of caregiving and resources for finding help and support for the caregiver in the journey of caring for a loved one or friend.

Nadine attended the University of New Orleans where she studied Business Administration.  In 2013  she earned a professional Certification in Gerontology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.   She is also a Certified Senior Advisor, Freedom Coach and Elite Life Coach and Founder of the TSE Master Mind Group for women business owners.  

Through her two published books, Tears in My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience and Prayers in My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Peace, she offers valuable and authentic insights and encouragement into the caregivers journey.

To purchase her books or reach out to Nadine for services her company provides for caregivers contact her at https://tcgcares.com

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

Website for Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

Every age and stage offer us opportunity to enjoy beauty, growth, grace and purpose. Dismissing the messages that others put on us that attempt to define us, especially as we become older, is the first step into enjoying the life we have been given. We are loved, cherished and important to God in all our places and spaces on life’s journey. The aging process is not to be devalued, avoided or dismissed as not worthy of honor.

Join Laura on her first solo episode as she describes why she lives by the philosophy that when the going gets tough, the tough get creative.

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotseo https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

The regular, weekly episodes of this podcast will begin on my 70th birthday of June 9, 2021.

This is the pilot episode for my podcast. In it, I explain my process of overcoming fear of technology as well as dismantling and dismissing negative messages fueling doubt around completing this project.  

We can achieve new goals, find varied ways of creating and sharing our gifts no matter our stage or age.  We can be defeated by lack of confidence that is based in misinformation or the wrong belief about our limitations. The only person who can limit us is ourselves. 

Bio: Laura is a multi-awarded author of two books, available on her website, as well as a dancer, public speaker and storyteller. For information on how to buy her books, schedule her for a speaking engagement or teach a class on dance or writing, see her website at the address listed below.  If you want to follow her storytelling blog, that is also available on her website.

Laura’s website: https://lauralpadgett.com/

Website for music from Dotsero Band: https://dotseroband.com/

2 thoughts on “Podcast Episodes”

  1. I’m eager to watch this bloom open! Happy birthday, and congratulations, Laura!

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