Stories and Strategies for Women

Stories and Strategies for Women

Stories and Strategies for Women will share riveting stories about amazing women hosted by radio personality and author, Claudine Wolk. Through interview format Claudine introduces guests whose stories and expertise will entertain and motivate. Women will learn that they are not alone in feeling the way that they do and that they can feel good about their prospects. We cover self-care, beauty, mental health, romantic relationships, parenting, working mom issues, stay at home mom issues, women in history, true crime, entrepreneurism, cultural issues, and hot topics. A good story, well-told, is powerful and inspires action.


June 27, 2023 53 mins

Maureen Petrosky, author of the new book, Wine Club: A Monthly Guide to Swirling, Sipping, and Pairing with Friends is my guest in this episode.

You can find out more about Maureen at her website,

I am so excited to introduce this podcast episode.

What better summer topic than wine (and chocolate tasting)

PLUS: If it is your goal to write a 'specialty book' you wi...

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Is Joining a Writers Group a Good Idea for Aspiring Writers?
(or a great starting point/)

Join authors Linda Wisniewski, Sandra Carey Cody, and Susan Wagner in a fun, illuminating conversation about Women's Writing Groups.  All the women are part of a writer's group created through their connection with the Pearl S Buck House in Bucks County, PA.  Not all writers groups are created equal and I was curious ab...

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Author and Influencer, Kelly Hopkins-Jones, is our guest this week.  We chat about her popular Instagram site, @hillside-farmhouse, her book, Someday - a love letter to parents experiencing infertility, her publishing experience, and her baby daughter.

Kelly reveals how she went from advance practice nurse to Instagram influencer.  Her Instagram site, @hillside-farmhouse, has over 13,800 followers.  Kelly explains how she...

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Ciara Stockeland is an author, podcast host, business owner, business coach, Mom, and an Iron Man participant - not in that order!

Entrepreneurs, or anyone looking to start a new venture, write a book, or who needs to seriously evaluate their current business model will learn something valuable in this 25 minute interview!

Ciara created several start-ups and owned brick & mortar retail stores and through ...
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You Need To Release Your Creativity Today


Because if you don’t, your creativity will be lost forever.  The world will lose out on your contribution and YOU will miss out on progress toward self-actualization.

In this episode, part of a series by Claudine on Creativity, she introduces Abraham Maslow - the father of humanistic psychology and the creator the hierarchy of needs - of the concept of self-a...

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"We're going to look for the kind people," said author, podcast host, inspirational speaker and coach Kate Brenton to her five-year-old son recently.  On arriving at the airport, Kate realized that their flight home had been closed even though she had checked-in hours before.

Her riveting story is more than a recounting of an annoying airline experience, it's about the human spirit, fellow human beings...

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Author Sarah Styf loved to write essays about her life on her blog - she wrote for years.  Eventually she decided to create a book from those essays, a collection for her her kids to read someday.  The essays that were meant for family held a larger lesson for anyone looking for the meaning in life and ways to adjust when life doesn't work out as planned so she self-published them as a book titled  "Embracing the Jou...
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If you own a business and you suspect that an employee is in a domestic violent situation, how can you help?

Your employee is already feeling vulnerable and work may be the only place he or she feels safe and confident.  An employer want to be empathetic but not intrusive, right? How can a business help their employee?

 The organization helps businesses to fashion helpful company policies to aid ...

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February 23, 2023 25 mins

Join me and voice actor Marissa Lanchak, my voice acting coach from Voice Coaches, chat about how I landed in a voice acting class and how I ended up narrating the audiobook version of my book, It Gets Easier! and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers...  The interview is an excerpt from Voice Coaches Radio Podcast, which Marissa, a very talented voice actor, hosts for Voice Coaches

I took Voice Coaches Introductory Voice Over...

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Do you have an idea for a children's book and wish to get it published? 
Sheryl Bass, Author of Baby Dragon's Big Sneeze, is our guest today.

Sheryl shares her children's book self-publishing story - how she did it and the resources she used as well as the advantages of self-publishing.

Link to full interview with Sheryl Bass, author of the children's book - Baby Dragon's Big Sneeze...

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Joan Price is the award-winning author of four senior sex books!  After a year of asking (read:begging) Joan to be a guest we finally landed on a good date and time to record and oh boy, was it worth the wait.  This honest, informative and enjoyable interview on a subject that is so important - how to enjoy sex well into your senior years - includes advice on:

*** the best time of the day to have sex
*** how treat a se...

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What's YOUR Message or Story? Why Not Write a Book?

In this episode, my colleague Kate Brenton and I answer questions about the writing process and book marketing ideas.  If you have ever considered writing, you will love this Q&A session where we share other author's questions.  More information on the class we chat about, Sit & Write is at the link and below.

I hope this gets you motivated to write and to get your...

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January 24, 2023 27 mins

Bronwyn Bergen, Owner of Stars Kids Life Coaches is interviewed.
Browyn was featured as a Bucks Happening Woman 2022.  Her passion is the Stars Kids Life Coaches business that she created to help children after she retired from teaching.  This fabulous organization helps kids with anxiety and coping - issues that parents know all too well.

Tune in to hear Bronwyn's story. How she came to start Stars Kids Life Coa...

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Where Do You Find Faith in Yourself?

It's a new year and a new season.  Perhaps you want to do something new - a new job, a new hobby, and new relationship - where do you find the belief in yourself to take the leap?

In this excerpt from a previous episode, Sally Miller, Owner of Sally Miller Yoga shares the origins of the faith she found in herself to switch from Engineering to Yin Yog Instruction and busine...

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Kate Eckman, author of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Full Spirit Workout  is my guest.

I ask for Kate's advice to quell holiday stress.  Take the great advice you need from all of Kate's wisdom:

  • Sit & Stare - taking a break is doing more than you realize
  • How to become 'practiced at listening'
  • Employ the "what if?" technique
  • Why NOT being the entertainment at a family functio...
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The holidays are stressful. Duh! I am starting to feel shaky already.

I needed to chat with an expert so I enlisted my friend, Maureen Humpl, a CPA and owner of her own business.  The business of keeping things in perspective and stress at bay, especially during the holidays, is welcome advice and perfect for a chuckle.

Gals, you are not wonder women and most importantly, you are not alone.

Maureen expou...

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Kelly Simmons is a local author and has published seven novels so far.  She just released material through a new platform - the serial fiction podcast.  Listeners can hear a new "book" released in podcast episodes.  Kelly also chats with us about her publishing journey and offers advice to wannabe authors on how to find an agent.  Tried and true tips still win the day to secure representation.  Join us for this fun and in...

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Its Time... For You to Sit & Write Your Book

In this episode of Stories and Strategies for Women we present an opportunity for authors and aspiring authors.  Kate Brenton, author and inspired teacher has created the Sit & Write Master Class that starts October 1 (intake interviews in Sept).  Claudine and Kate explain the Master Class: who it is designed for, how it works, and why combining their unique skills will...

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“Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41” 

It’s a rhyme that’s been around a long time.  Did Lizzie Borden commit the murder of her father and her step-mother? Author Cara Robertson is not the first writer to broach the subject.  Her take on the material is unique, though,  Cara methodically and clearly follows the trial of Lizzie Borden day by day and...

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This interview with the podcast host of the award-winning The Creative Penn podcast, Joanna Penn, proves the old adage that “you never know until you ask.” I am a big fan of Joanna’s podcast, website, and books. On a whim, I pitched an interview to her and she graciously and generously agreed to it. I am still on a high from this interview and the fabulous information Joanna shared.

Joanna is a successful writer and entrepreneur.  S...

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