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Episode 53

June 18, 2024

Joel Schwartzberg is a New Yorker with Texas ​roots - or a Texan with New York roots. Either ​way, he now lives in NJ and wants to be friends ​with fellow Jersey folks Bruce Springsteen and ​Jon Bon Jovi. While he waits for that to ​happen, he trains business leaders make their ​words matter, writes about improving one's ​communications style, and helps average ​people give better toasts at weddings. If you ​want to know how to improve your next ​speech, listen in for some simple, yet ​significant improvements you can make. ​https://www.joelschwartzberg.net/

Previous Episodes

Episode 52

June 11, 2024

Guest: Bob ​Lement

Bob LeMent is recognized as one of ​the first podcasters in the world. ​Now with over 1,500 episodes under ​his belt on his show, Static Radio, ​he joins "Real Life" to share his ​interesting and funny stories. He ​also discusses the past, present, ​and future of podcasting.

June 4, 2024

Episode 51

Guest: Donna Leigh Scott

Donna Leigh Scott intricately crafts enchanting narratives brimming with charm and magic. Her journey encompasses diverse roles, transitioning from a captivating beauty queen, actress, singer, and model to a prosperous five-decade career in court reporting. Married to the esteemed actor Tim Scott, celebrated for his portrayal of Pea Eye Parker in "Lonesome Dove," Donna takes delight in regaling her four grandchildren with captivating tales. Immerse yourself in her mesmerizing stories and allow them to transport you to a world of wonder.

High school tennis coach ​Jason Edwards graces the ​mic for the show's 50th ​EPISODE! Through the ​family's confectionery ​lineage, Coach Edwards ​honors his grandfather's ​memory, intertwining the ​sweetness of their legacy ​with the joy of nurturing ​five adopted boys alongside ​his wife.

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Episode 49, May 21, 2024

CCM Pioneer Bryan Duncan

Contemporary Christian Music legend and Grammy winner Bryan Duncan's career has spanned 6 decades and he has accumulated 16 #1 CCM chart hits. With a singing voice like Simply Red's Mick Hucknell and a comedy edge like a late-night host, Duncan has plenty of stories to share in his own unique style. From his childhood with his evangelist parents to his memorable songs with Ambrosia lead singer David Pack, every story has a punchline and a melody.

Listen in, then go discover (or rediscover) his music.


Episode 48 -May 14, 2024

Men of Goodwill, Part 2

Guests: Stephen Simpson and Rob Ryan

Guests: US Military Personnel

from Kaiserslautern, Germany

No matter how much you know about Germany, you probably never consider baseball when you think of that European country. In this episode, we have Antonio Lopez, Fraynel Mercado, and Alex Torres, the latter two guests are U.S. military personnel based on the Kaiserslautern Complex. All three are baseball players for the Kaiserslautern Bears and are ambassadors for both countries, as well as the game of baseball.

To support the team, go to its website at https://ktown-bears.com/.

Beginning with this episode, you'll start hearing the voice of Jon Williams. He's the creative force behind the new episode intros. Thanks, Jon!

Episode 47-May 7, 2024

Pastor Stephen Simpson and attorney Rob Ryan return to continue the conversation from early April. "Men of Goodwill, Part 2" follows the men's discussion of race, religion, politics, and manhood. These potentially volatile issues are addressed with boldness and sensitivity. Listen in and comment below to add your voice to the conversation.

About the Host

Melvin E. Edwards

My name is Melvin E. Edwards and I'm an introverted storyteller, which means my tales are multilayered, meaningful, and usually written. That’s why this podcast is unique.

Join the movement. Just don’t be too loud.

Tune in for the endearing stories. Stay for some cheesy humor.

Melvin E. Edwards is a 6th-generation Texan, who was an award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist before entering the colorful and ambitious world of Texas politics. He started his career writing about Texas high school football and within a few short years, he was a speechwriter for the Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Texas.

He has written two award-winning books tracing generations of his Texas family back to its Republic of Texas days, making him one of the first African-American members of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

He has the rarest Myers-Briggs personality type in the world (INFJ), which could explain why he loves cowboy boots, hats, and baseball, and can imagine stories so big, they make even Texas seem small.

Literary Awards

The Strength of a Thousand Sons (2022)

• 1st Place – Texas Authors Institute: Biography

• 1st Place – Literary Titan: Memoir/Autobiography

• 2nd Place – PenCraft Award for Literary Excellence: Historical/Cultural

• Gold Star– OnlineBookClub.org

The Eyes of Texans: From Slavery to the Texas Capitol (2020)

• 1st Place – AMI Best Book Awards: Memoir/Family History

• 3rd Place - Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards: Autobiography & Memoir

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