Smokestack Lightnin’ Blues Band Rocks The Lyric

Hailing from Snow Creek, Virginia, Moonshine Capital of the World, Smokestack Lightnin’ Blues Band had everyone tapping their feet on April 20th at The Lyric in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia. For anyone who thought The Black Keys were the best of modern blues, be prepared to experience the full power of these blues songs, brought to life by Smokestack Lightnin’. These local musicians play with passion.

Smokestack Lightnin Band

Members (not in order of picture): Jeff “Sunshine” Criner (Guitar/Vocals) David Gregory
(Drums/Vocals) Marcus Morris (Bass/Vocals) Harry “Buster” Sink
(Harp) Henry Lazenby(Guitar/Vocals)

Podcast produced by Laurel Sindewald of Handshake Media.

Valerie Kinzey on Essential Oils and Farm Life


Doterra Wellness Advocate and New River Valley, VA resident Valerie Kinzey sat down with Handshake Media Executive Director, Laurel Sindewald for this episode to share her know-how on essential oils. A newer farm owner, Valerie also had some entertaining stories to share about adjusting to farm life and some very odd chickens. Valerie lives on her farm near Blacksburg, VA with her husband and her three sons.

Valerie Kinzey with her family on their farm

She blogs about her life on a farm on her website, The Enchanted Homestead.

Podcast produced by Laurel Sindewald of Handshake Media.

Catherine Fae Shares Her Blue Ridge Marathon Experience

The Blue Ridge Marathon is one of the toughest street marathons in the United States. Throughout the 26-mile run, marathoners traverse 7,430 ft of elevation gain/loss. Only 750 intrepid runners are able to participate in a given year. 

Catherine Fae is a master storyteller, and finished the 2016 Blue Ridge Marathon just last week! Listen to her short tale in this episode, set in her lovely home garden with its soothing pond and inquisitive cat. 

Podcast produced by Laurel Sindewald of Handshake Media.

Sarah Beth Jones on How to Empower Others

Sarah Beth Jones

Sarah Beth Jones, the NoBS Biz & Empowerment Coach, spoke at the 2016 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Conference at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 3rd. We recorded her full speech in this podcast episode, on how to empower others by first empowering yourself.

If you would like to sample her speech, we excerpted one of our favorite parts!:

Podcast produced by Laurel Sindewald of Handshake Media.

Laurel Sindewald On the Origins and Purpose of Coffee & Contemplation

 Laurel Sindewald, Executive Director of Handshake Media, shares the story behind her weekly discussion group, Coffee & Contemplation. She also shares one of her favorite aphorisms by Friedrich Nietzsche, The Greatest Weight.

Laurel welcomes drop-in visitors every Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm, at Lucie Monroe’s in Christiansburg on the first and third Saturdays and at Our Daily Bread in Blacksburg on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays. For more information about Coffee & Contemplation, see the post she wrote about it on her blog.

Laurel Sindewald Coffee & Contemplation


Podcast produced by Laurel Sindewald of Handshake Media.

Preface to Phoenix Rising by Anne Giles

What’s a nice girl to do when she discovers she can’t stop drinking? Instructor, counselor, businesswoman, and Handshake Media founder Anne Giles found herself asking just this question. In Phoenix Rising: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery, Anne paints vividly the rebirth of her identity as she sorts through the ashes of her past to understand the origins of her addiction, and as she seeks to understand addiction as a larger problem.

In beginning the preface aloud in this episode, Anne is creating an audiobook of Phoenix Rising in much the same way as she created the written book. She first explored her story in a series of blog posts; now she presents her story, Phoenix Rising, in a series of podcasts.

“We don’t know how this story goes,” she writes. Stay tuned for the next episode.

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Podcast of Phoenix Rising: A Journey of Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery produced by Laurel Sindewald of Handshake Media.