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Looking Forward to a New Year!


I just finished doing my 7th LIVE show — one more to go to finish out 2016. It’s been quite a year and I’ll be doing a “Year in Review” next week. I’m looking forward to that because it’s been quite a year!


I made one little mistake on today’s show. David Franco is an astute Listener and he asked me a question which made me realize I’d made a mistake. I was listing the places I’m looking forward to visiting in 2017 and I mentioned going to California for Podcast Movement 2017 but I said the wrong city! This amazing podcast conference will be in Anaheim, California in August 2017 — close to the time for the total eclipse of the sun which makes it the perfect time to plan a trip to the West Coast.



My husband and I are very excited that we’ll be visiting the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 2017. We have been there once before and fell in love with the city and the people. I can’t imagine ever leaving the United States, but if I did, this beautiful city might be the one to lure me away!


I’m looking forward to visiting lovely Lancaster, Pennsylvania — the city where I made my entrance into this world! My father was a school teacher way back in the 1960s where he taught children of all ages in a one-room schoolhouse. Most of his students were Amish or Mennonite children and they were wonderful students who were very compassionate. Thanks to the generosity of their parents, my parents had food on the table during the holidays. Schoolteachers had very small salaries back then, but Dad’s kind-hearted parents brought all kinds of food as gifts to my parents which did much to tide them over during the winter months.

I’m really excited about an opportunity to attend the 8th National Adult Congenital Heart Association Conference. I intended to attend it this year, but Hurricane Matthew totally messed up my (and everyone else’s!) plans. I’m happy the ACHA was able to reschedule the conference for 2017 and I’m looking forward to meeting all of my adult CHD friends there (and making some new friends!).

Today’s show was the 7th in a row that I did a live show with a Google Hangout following it. That’s something new I’m going to be trying out in 2017. We shall see how it goes. I’m wanting an opportunity to be able to interact with more Listeners. So far I’m posting the links on the Heart to Heart with Anna Facebook Page and my Facebook Timeline. I can’t mention it on BlogTalkRadio because I don’t know what the link will be until I open the Hangout and I can’t do that until right after the show airs. I’d love a suggestion for ways I can improve spreading the word about the Hangout.

That’s all for today! Thanks for listening to Heart to Heart with Anna and for checking out the blog. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

P.S. Thanks to Pixabay for the beautiful images used in this blog!


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You can use the QR code above to go directly to and take part in their AmazonSmile program. Amazon gives 1/2 of 1% to Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) every time you use that link. Donations like that help to keep Heart to Heart with Anna, the only radio show (podcast) for the congenital heart defect community free for everyone.

Have you ever heard of Prime Day? If you’ve never heard of Prime Day, you can read more about it here at the People Magazine page. Basically it’s like a Black Friday day in July!

In order to celebrate #Prime Day, Baby Hearts Press decided to lower the prices on its books for one day only!


That means that BHP’s only children’s book — My Brother Needs an Operation — will be sold for only $10 on Amazon for today only.

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The Heart of a Mother, BHP’s bestselling book, will be available for half price — only $12.50 today only.


Lastly, The Heart of a Father, BHP’s latest book will be available for only $15.00 today only. Baby Hearts Press has been the only sponsor for Heart to Heart with Anna, so we really appreciate it when people support Baby Hearts Press.

Please use this link or the QR code above  to go to Amazon and HUG will get part of your purchase price.

Why is donating to HUG important? What good has come from Heart to Heart with Anna? We’ve helped parents all over the globe with our educational and inspirational shows. We made contacts that helped us save Elvis. Our shows bring the congenital heart defect community together to celebrate the lives of those in the CHD community. Most importantly, thanks to BHP and Heart to Heart with Anna, people in the CHD community know that they are not alone.

How Do I Find My Guests?


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Finding Guests for “Heart to Heart with Anna” has been interesting. When I first pitched my idea for the show, I had a lot of heart friends in mind as Guests to be on the show. Some of those friends happily came on the show — some more than once! Even though I’ve been in the ‘heart world’ for over 20 years, I don’t know everyone in the heart community so I’ve had people come on the show who I never knew before.

I created a form on the website under the Show tab that people can fill out to be on the show. It’s been delightful to actually “meet” and interview “Heart to Heart with Anna” fans. I read all of the mail I receive and if someone’s idea for a show topic fits with our theme, then I’ll contact that person.

Another way I get Guests is from the reading I do. I spend quite a bit of time on Facebook and if I see someone post something interesting, I will often ask if they’d like to share their story on the radio show. That has been a great way to get to know people better and for them to get their message out.

Doing research for the many projects I’m working on is another way I find Guests. When I read articles that impress me, I will often write to the authors to see if they’d like to come on the show. This has been another great way for me to “meet” others in the heart community and for us to empower our community.

The last way I find Guests for the show is by word-of-mouth. I love it when someone contacts me and says that they know someone who would be perfect for “Heart to Heart with Anna.” So far, everyone who has recommended a Guest for the show has been spot on! I’m so happy we have this radio show to encourage, inspire and educate our heart community. Keep those request forms and referrals coming!

There is only one show left to tape for Season 6 — Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day. We’ll take a week off to prepare for Season 7 — Congenital Heart Defects Around the Globe. If you would like to be a Guest and you live outside the USA or you had your surgeries outside the USA, please let us know!

Thanks to all of the wonderful Guests who have come on the show (sometimes more than once!). You all make the show fun and interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be a Guest next season.



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