CONTRIBUTORS ( CONTINUED )
MARLENE RATLEDGE BUCHANAN
lives with enthusiasm as a woman , wife , mother , teacher , and writer . She is quick to say that she ’ d plan to marry someone old and rich but only got old . This is often immediately followed by how she knew on her first date with Snell , her husband , that he was the one for her to the point she proposed . After his refusal , she considered getting him pregnant . After seven years of marriage , a beautiful olive skin baby boy became a part of their lives . James suffered a lack of oxygen during delivery , resulting in him having special needs . She refers to James ’ condition as a special gift . After thirty- four years of being in public education , Marlene retired in 2007 . In the classroom , she earned the name “ Ms . Rat ,” which garnered her a collection of rat figurines and collectibles over the years from her students . As a Southern Humorist , Marlene has been entertaining readers with her observations about life through her column , Hey Y ’ all , published in the Gwinnett Citizen in Georgia since 2015 . Her column first appeared in the life section of the Snellville Patch . Marlene returns with her unique commentary column , “ Anything Goes with Mama Marlene .” Please enjoy her entertaining take on “ Celebrating Fall … Ahh , Maybe … Well , Why NOT ?”
is the founder of SkyView Coaching . She is an international life , leadership , and relationship coach , speaker , writer , educator , and co-author of The Gift of Shift , an intimate self-help book . Ann is an Expert Contributor for YourTango Media and has been featured in MSN , Google , Yahoo , and Apple News . She has spoken at conferences , summits , and commemorations , both live and online , throughout North America . Ann captivates , educates , and inspires thousands through sharing her personal experiences of loss , transition , and triumph and helps them attain their personal and professional goals . Known among her friends as the go-to girl if you are experiencing problems , Ann could have started her own ‘ Dear Annie ’ column decades ago . Little did she know then that listening with empathy was an invaluable , innate skill that would become the foundation of her life ’ s work . Ann ’ s remarkable life journey and passion for family love are a hallmark we all must strive for . Ann returns with excellent advice to help “ Lost in Laval ” and “ Fearful in Frisco ” with her advisory column , “ Dear Annie .”
CATHI CUREN is a Family Astrologer and Lifestyle Design Consultant and Career Coach , Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine GSEP , and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach . She has spent over 30 years researching family dynamics and how our early relationships and environments influence our lives . She specializes in Public and Corporate Education and Training in Career / Work- Life Balance and Relationships . As the “ Holistic Children Radio ” podcaster , Cathi provides techniques and tools to support families ’ emotional , spiritual , physical , financial , and environmental health . She is also the author of the original “ Me + U ” Interactive Journal Series , which helps parents , children , couples , and colleagues crack open communication in their unique way . As our Kitchen Table Conversations host , Cathi believes our homes should provide a living area that reflects our authenticity and a life lived on purpose . As we connect our inner-self with the outer world , our homes are the best venue to provide rest , restoration , revitalization , and support for our health and well-being . Cathi returns with a beautiful , timely topic to help you discover “ The Power of The Circle ” as you prepare to reset yourself for the Fall !
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