Today the Doctors speak with architectural historian and preservationist Nicole Nietzel about her work on the Queen Mary. Nicole discusses her love of architectural history and why it is so important to preserve historic sites like the Queen Mary which was at various times a passenger ship, a troop ship, and now a hotel stationed in Long Beach, California.
But first the Doctors discuss why people love ghost stories.
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Dr. Lipton is a board-certified neurologist with specialization in dementia, She has been recognized as one of the best doctors in the U.S., as well as one of the most influential. Her experience includes compassionate clinical care for patients with dementia and their families; speaking to professional and lay audiences; and teaching medical professionals, students, and trainees. She has performed clinical, imaging, laboratory, and pathological research and written numerous papers, chapters, and books pertaining to dementia. She is the lead author of The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers and now speaks and writes full-time. Her accolades include her selection as a Texas Monthly Super Doctor, one of the Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc., and one of the nation’s most influential doctors by USA Today.
Rick received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts; and he completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Rick has worked and volunteered in a number of capacities at nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts and around the world. From 2004-2009 he was Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger’s Allocations and Operations Manager; where he helped oversee the annual allocation of over two million dollars in funding to anti-hunger organizations throughout Massachusetts. Service to others has always been a guiding principle in Rick’s life. From 1999 – 2001 he served as a missionary in Sao Paulo, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He currently volunteers in a variety of capacities within his local congregation. Rick also serves on a number of nonprofit boards including: The Randolph Community Partnership, Health Imperatives’ Blue Hills Parenting and Healthy Families, Quincy Lions Club, Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex counties’ Emergency Food and Shelter Program; BID Milton Hospital Community Benefits Advisory Board; he is a past board member of The South Shore Charter Public School. In 2011 Rick was named one of South Shore Star’s 40 under 40 emerging leaders. Rick and his wife live in Randolph with their three sons.
What happens when bring together two Doctors of Psychology and four Comedic Experts on All Things Random?! Well we are going to find out! Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Angela will be hanging out with Charles, Mikeal, Joel, and Scotty of the Something Random Podcast. The Doctors will analyze the guys, find out what makes them tick…Oh and maybe talk about their new short film “Tick.” And we will get the guys to help us out with Diagnose a Movie! This is going to be a blast!
Kevin Johnson is the Sound Engineer and Producer of Chasing the Mind. In his real life, he is a software engineer who designs military simulations. For the past 20 years, Kevin has participated in the World Championship Punkin Chunk. Kevin and his fellow teammates (all engineers–go figure) compete in the Torsion Division with Mista Ballista. The team has been featured on the History Channel and the Science Channel. Kevin also is married to Dr. Angela (lucky guy!) so he was only a “little coerced” into being a guest on Chasing the Mind. Tune in to hear Kevin talk…about his passion for launching vegetables and his love of building and destroying things. And hear the story of how his love of catapults was born!
Nicole Nietzel is an architectural historian from Massachusetts. Nicole earned her BA in Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University and her MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. The majority of her research projects focus on topics related to tourism such as twentieth-century postcards, Newport, Rhode Island and ocean liners.
Nicole fell in love with studying ocean liners at just seven years old, when a classmate told her about the history of the RMS Titanic (BEFORE the movie came out, for the record!). She continued to expand her study of ocean liners throughout her life, first as a child, then as an academic, and most recently as a professional. Nicole spent ten months scouring the Queen Mary, cataloging her architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, and other furnishings to provide preservation recommendations and an assessment of her current condition. As an ocean liner that has been converted into a hotel located in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary presents a unique and fascinating set of preservation challenges, and her features often blur the lines between architecture and furniture. Nicole met these challenges head on, creating a database of the ship’s features in the majority of the ship’s accessible spaces.
Nicole’s other notable professional experiences from the preservation field include: a research internship working on the Peabody Essex Museum and V&A’s current exhibit Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed and Style; tour guiding at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; analyzing a collection of historic postcards for her masters thesis and various other curatorial and archival related projects. In her free time Nicole enjoys knitting, going for walks, attending concerts, watching too much TV and doing even more historical research.
Michael Schaffer is the Host and Creator of Reasonable Risk Podcast, and the founder of Reason Real Estate. Michael brings two decades of business and negotiation experience to his roles.
As the host of Reasonable Risk podcast, Michael uses his experience to educate and entertain his listeners while engaging with guests on the premise that thorough evaluation of risks and rewards is the key to better decision making.
In founding Reason Real Estate, Michael designed a company which separates itself from the industry’s traditional MO, by making a clear commitment to putting clients first, and bringing a level of professionalism and client empowerment through strategy.
Prior to entering the residential real estate arena as an investor and then as a broker, Michael was a small-time professional poker player and coach, and cut his teeth in negotiations as a literary agent with top Los Angeles talent agency International Creative Management.
Michael holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Finance from Indiana University. When he isn’t working or podcasting, you’ll probably find him out on his motorcycle, playing bass for his band O’Shag, or playing with his two pug-mix pups. Michael and his family live in the Denver, Colorado metro area.
Laura Heffernan is bringing geeky realness to a bookshelf near you. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys board games, travel, board games, baking, and board games. She lives in the northeast with her husband and two furry little beasts.
Laura loves connecting with readers. Find her on her website, www.lauraheffernan.com, Facebook, www.facebook.com/lauraheffernanbooks, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LH_writes, where she spends far too much time tweeting about reality TV and Canadian chocolate.
I had the pleasure of previewing Melissa Caughey’s upcoming book, How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say, on NetGalley. As a new chicken owner, I was so excited to read this book. First, there are not enough words to describe how amazing the photos are–each one captures some different aspect of these beautiful creatures.
Melissa does a great job of balancing the science and facts about chickens with the heart-warming and personal stories from chicken owners. There is a little something for everyone in here, including some “getting started” information on how to raise and care for chickens, as well as some really interesting lessons on the origins of modern chickens. As a psychologist, I found the material related to the interpersonal relationships chickens have to their flock members and to humans especially interesting. I have even practiced a few of Melissa’s suggestions with my own flock and have found some of my girls taking the time to interact and “chat” with me.
More than anything, this book really captures the joy of having chickens–that it is so much more than just having little egg-layers. Chickens are smart, creative, and endlessly entertaining. They have strong opinions about things like who should get to sit in the doorway at night, or who is the head hen in charge. When they disagree they are sometimes surprisingly LOUD, but they are also communal and cooperative. I really loved this book and look forward to having a copy on my coffee table so when people ask me why I have chickens I can hand it to them.
Now that I have finished this book, I really want to have Melissa Caughy on Chasing the Mind to talk about backyard chicken ownership, how we as humans benefit from having these lovely birds in our lives, and how we too can learn to speak chicken. To my listeners, if you want to hear from Melissa please post your comments here, or tweet #teachmehowtospeakchicken @chasingthemind . Or you can go to her website at https://www.tillysnest.com which is where I am going right after I post this!
Let her know you want her to come on the show!
Jess Hagemann is an award-winning author and accomplished biographer.
With an MFA in Creative Writing, Jess taught writing at the university level before starting Cider Spoon Stories in 2015. The first memoir she ever ghostwrote was her Grandpa Jack’s, about his years as a Kansas state arson investigator. Jack passed away just days after finishing the project; his wife says it gave him the peace he needed to let go, knowing his story was set down and he would not be forgotten.
Check out her website: Cider Spoon Stories