Billy Staples

A Conversation with Author Billy Staples

Billy Staples was born and raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and graduated from Phillipsburg Catholic High School.  After graduating Kappa Delta Phi from East Stroudsburg University in 1993, Billy developed a unique style of teaching English that helped win him several awards, including 1998-2000 nominations for Disney’s National Teacher of the Year. 

Through the support of Chicken Soup for the Soul author Jack Canfield, Staples and Rich Herschlag signed a book deal for Before the Glory.  Billy spent the next 12 years on the road promoting education and reading.

Building on the success of Before the Glory, Billy, Linny Fowler, and Judy Tierney founded the scholarship group B.E.S.T.  The program has provided financial support and mentoring to over 70 college students and encouraged them to return to their communities to give back. In his recent success, Billy’s newest book Success Stories From the Heart (from the publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul) hit Barnes & Noble stores in February.

Trip to Washington DC was a Success

Met with Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) and Spoke at National Veterans Small Business Coalition

It was a great honor to be asked to meet with Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY). We had a wonderful meeting in the Senate Dinning Hall in the Capitol Building. We discussed the challenges she faces when trying to gain support for proper legal representation for #MST and what we can do to help.   This meeting was an eye opener for me.  I had no idea just how many people experienced #MST and the different degrees of the problem.

She also connected us with the nonprofit group, Protect Our Defenders, and their CEO Don.  The current state of Military Legal System continues to put the Commanding Officer and legal justice for MST in direct conflict.   The rules need to change.

Over the next few months you will begin to hear from people all over the US and overseas who need to shed light on their story.   If you know someone who has experienced #MST and is living in fear or shame, please direct them to so we can help them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) and her team for their continued strong support and tireless efforts to help those who defend this country.  Thank You it was an honor to meet you, Senator.  I look forward to a long supportive partnership to shed light on #MST.

Next month we reach out to HBO’s VICE team.  Stop the FEAR stop #MST

Sweetie Berry

A Conversation With Business Strategist Sweetie Berry

Life is a plot change isn’t it?  We are ever growing, changing, and being changed as time marches on.  Perspective is important as is emotional maturity. Our story is ever changing and in the best situations, we are ever growing.  Our stories internally are the foundation of who we believe ourselves to be. When we use tools like journals, jot notes, and captures on audio, we have the ability to re examine what we thought, what our perspectives were, and to align to the present with current perspectives.  The stress and/or excitement or emotion of an experience may color our experience memory, and in reviewing it later, we may realize new perspectives and/or more accurately recognize what was happening when the stressors were not present.

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Your story matters. My story matters. We learn from who we’ve been, who we are, and what we experience with others.  Learn to listen to what you are saying, and sometimes to what you’re not saying. What labels, perspectives and descriptors are you using? What excuses do you make? What conversations continue to repeat in your life?  These are all valuable insights to engage as you master your story.

Sweetie Berry is a hybrid strategist. She is an educator strategist who works with well able authors, speakers, and product producers. A Southerner, she can not only bring home the bacon but she can fry it up in a pan. A high creative and analytic her passion is to cultivate projects that empower people.