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Hospital Chaplain Writes About Her Healing Journey, & Connecting with Naperville Artist

By Sharyn Alden
The Chicago Tribune

Life Lessons from the Heart–
In Her New Memoir The Mystic Chaplain -My Story, Wisconsin Author Kathy Collins, Cancer Survivor, and Hospital Chaplain Writes About Her Experiences with Healing & Happiness by Connecting with Renowned Naperville Artist, Joanne Koenig-Macko.

Sometimes, even when a life well-lived takes unexpected diversions, an extraordinary painting can be instrumental in a person’s healing process.

In a compelling new book, Kathy Collins writes about a life-changing season of her life when she was bedridden for six months fighting a fast-growing cancer.

This journey led her to be of service to others as a hospital chaplain at Meriter Hospital, Madison. Her healing journey also led to Naperville where she found great comfort and joy since knowing international artist, Joanne Koenig-Macko of Naperville.

The artist’s illuminating painting “World Peace” has been presented at the United Nations and purchased by several world leaders, ambassadors, heads of states, and former presidents from around the world. Read more…

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Gingold, survivor of the Shoah by tunnel, dies at 84

Chronicle staff

Sam Gingold, a Holocaust survivor who made an underground escape to raise a family on the West Side and Glendale, died July 14, 2018. He was 84.

Gingold, of Shorewood, was the subject of “Tunnel, Smuggle, Collect: A Holocaust Boy,” a book by his son Jeffrey N. Gingold.

Young Sam Gingold helped his family survive by smuggling food and medicine by tunnel under the Warsaw Ghetto, and as the war continued, was forced to work under Nazi rule there. After the family’s underground escape by tunnel, when Sam was 7 or 8, the Gestapo pursued them across the Polish countryside.

“A whole family unit made it,” Jeffrey said. “My grandparents, my dad’s parents, and my grandmother’s brother and sister.”

Interviewing his father for the book over three years, three times a week, Jeffrey sometimes asked, how did you survive? “One day at a time,” Sam would say, or “Just to the next day.”

It was painful for Sam to talk about the Holocaust, but he understood the importance of Holocaust education. “He made it his mission, once he shared his story and it became a book, to make sure people learned about what had happened and we could never forget,” Jeffrey said.

Sam spoke at schools where students asked for selfies. He’d never say no.

“He would always embrace and smile at people who wanted to learn more,” Jeffrey said. “They were impressed and stunned by a Holocaust survivor they were meeting in person.”

Sam continued to speak on the Holocaust while undergoing chemotherapy, walking with a four-pronged cane, but he didn’t talk about his cancer at the events. Most of the speaking engagements were arranged by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Jeffrey has 100 percent of royalties from the book going straight to HERC.

Sam worked locally as a purchasing agent for a number of companies including Hy-Hoe and Harley-Davidson. He later became a health and life insurance salesman until retirement.

Beloved husband of Jill Gingold (nee Bentley). Loving father of Jeffrey Neil (Terri) Gingold, Elaine “Lainie” Sheila (Robert) DeJong and the late Bruce Edward Gingold. Proud grandfather of Lauren Gingold, Meredith Gingold and Jacob DeJong and step-grandfather of Jackson DeJong. Dear brother of William (Phyllis) Gingold and the late Jacob Gingold. Preceded in death by dear parents, David and Lillian Gingold. Further survived by other loving relatives and friends. Sam served in the United States Army.

Graveside services with military honors were July 17 at Temple Menorah Ever-Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 200 S. Executive Dr., # 203, Brookfield, WI 53005 appreciated.  Hazzan Jeremy Stein officiated and Goodman-Bensman Funeral Home assisted the family.

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Author Kathy Collins on WMTJ-4


Watch an interview with writer and speaker Kathy Collins onher just-published book, The Mystic Chaplain.

This memoir is a whirlwind journey that takes you through the throes of fighting cancer to an awakening of the metaphysical world, messages, visions, self-healing and synchronized events of people put on Kathy’s path to understanding the oneness through the energy of the heart.

Find out Kathy’s synchronistic event with an emergency room doctor and how the author and cancer survivor communicates through colors and numbers.

To learn more about her book or to purchase The Mystic Chaplain, visit:

Interview available here.

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Five Reasons Why Doctors Are More Burned Out than Ever

WUWM 89.7 Milwaukee

Dr. Bhupendra Khatri heard a lot from doctors around the country in compiling his latest book, Healthcare 911: How America’s broken healthcare system is driving doctors to despair depriving patients of care and destroying our reputation in the world.  But the statistic that jumped out at him came from research at the Mayo Clinic, which found that more than 55 percent of physicians in this country suffer from burnout, and every year, more than 400 physicians kill themselves.

“I’ve spoken to hundreds of physicians,” Khatri says,  “and I hear the same story – that they’re not happy.  They’re not happy because their practices are being increasingly taken over by hospitals and larger corporations which put profits before patients.”

Listen to the full interview here.

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Mighty Marty Hayes

Mighty Marty HayesAn African-American tween uses espionage skills and superpowers in this debut middle-grade novel.

Seventh-grader Marty Hayes is excited to work with the world-renowned CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing kit in science class. But things go awry when insect eggs turn into mosquitoes and swarm the classroom. Miraculously, Marty reins them in. When his Granny hears what happened, she starts to worry that the world will discover that Marty has inherited superpowers that run in the family. She is in the Order of the Hannibal, a society of people with superpowers. Marty is able to materialize anything, especially with the help of his smartphone’s drawing app. For example, he attempts to impress his crush, Aisha, by conjuring a jet pack at swim practice. Meanwhile, two suspicious men who are after the CRISPR launch a drone to capture its data. Marty and his best friend, Christopher, use spy tools to figure out who is sabotaging the class’s CRISPR experiments, and eventually it’s revealed that Wade, the school bully, is somehow involved. As Granny’s anxiety over Marty’s gifts escalates, she approaches him and explains his powers. While she gives him her Order of the Hannibal Medal to control and amplify his abilities, she asks him to refrain from employing them. Relieved his secret is out, Marty agrees. But on a visit to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., a crisis arises. Will Marty save the day? Despite the superhero framework, Hyler’s fast-paced tale deftly touches on scientific elements like genome study. In addition, she skillfully deals with some significant historical episodes in her narrative. For example, Granny recounts how her superpowers impacted integral events in the civil rights movement. But some threads of the story could be expanded. For instance, Aisha has superpowers and her grandmother is also in the Order, which is primarily chronicled in one chapter from the girl’s viewpoint. Additionally, details about the Order are vague. Still, this leaves plenty of material for a possible sequel. This rousing book with engaging characters should appeal to readers who enjoy adventurous superhero sagas.

A thrilling tale with series potential that highlights science, spying, black history, and the importance of family.

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Darryl Strawberry on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Darryl Strawberry and Jimmy Fallon

don't give up on meMajor League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry has triumphed … not only on the baseball diamond, but in life.

Strawberry will be appearing Wednesday, November 15th on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to share his story of  story of childhood abuse, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, and ultimately, recovery, with easy-to-understand explanations of addiction from trained professionals.

Purchase Strawberry’s path to recovery story  “Don’t Give Up On Me: Shedding Light on Addiction with Darryl Strawberry.”

Watch the footage here!