Rolling Stones 4 Ade

In honor of Ade, 15 year old son of the lead singer of Chelle’s favorite band, Michael franti & Spearhead & her friend, Mr. Franti; Chelle & David have named their team, “Rolling Stones 4 Ade.”  *Ade is currently at 50% kidney function & was recently diagnosed with FSGS.  *Will you please make a donation towards our fundraising efforts for this important cause (or) join us & partcipate in this walk? 
 
If so go here:  http://tnf.convio.net/site/TR/Walk/General?pg=team&fr_id=1090&team_id=1341
or find “Rolling Stones 4 Ade” team (or Chelle Baxter as participant) @ http://www.nephcure.com
 
THANKS for your support!!!
 
Love & Peace,
Chelle
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhTUhA5aWmI
 
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My (2010) Year in Review

2010 began with a rocky start as my mother-in-law (Lupe) died in January and lost my Uncle Bill in February;  Lupe had a seizure due to epilepsy causing her to fall, hit her head, and go brain dead; she is the first person I know of now that has donated organs.  One week after her funeral, I registered myself as an organ donor.  I even hosted a two hour, two part special on my talk show (Coffee Talk with Chelle) about Epilepsy and Organ Donations (interviewed Communications Director from LifeGift of Texas).  Uncle Bill initially was told he had two years to live when the doctor informed him he had prostate cancer, but somehow that two years timeframe ended up only being two weeks. 

I volunteered and taught Grief Recovery classes to Dallas-Fort Worth community for the second year; every person and his or her story touched my life.  I’m so proud of all of my students as it took alot of courage for them to open up to others and to do their homework assisgnements, but in the end, it helped every one of them. 

 It was bittersweet for me attending the annual Christmas memorial candlelight dinner this year, as my husband (David) and I lit a candle in honor and memory of Lupe.  Also, I visited with my former Grief Recovery students from these past couple of years.  I am taking a break from teaching the classes as I focus on becoming a Foster Care (and) Adoptive Mom eventually, hopefully. 

My husband and I attended the classes all day every Saturday during the month of October.  We have the Health Inspection appointment on Monday, Dec 27th and then we only lack the Home Study before we begin having child(ren) come into our home.  We pray every day for it all to work out and for us to a blessing to these child(ren).   We also continuously pray for a few close family members who have been seriously ill as well, including our 4 year old niece (aka our goddaughter) who’s been in and out of the hospital for these last few months of 2010 due to pneumonia and kidney infection; also my biological Mom who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer (stage 3) at the end of October; she is currently on Round 3 chemo of 8, which will be followed by masectomy and radiation later on.  I joke alot with her since “laughter is the best medicine.”  I’m so thankful I’m able to help her out and drive to her to chemo, doctor appointments, and so on – just appreciate the 12 years we’ve been reunited and also each day we have together right now.  And then my biological father is not doing well, either as he’s having heart issues, and will be having major surgery on Jan 13th.  Trying to be strong for everyone. 

Speaking of adoption, I was thrilled to have met two Adoptee Celebrities in 2010, including both country singer Rodney Atkins and musician, Michael Franti (and Spearhead).  I handed Mr. Atkins a letter I had written him about my adoption story and thanking him for all he has done, as he has been the National Adoption Spokesperson a couple of times.  And then I had the honor of introducing Mr. Franti and his band on stage at House of Blues in Dallas back on Sept 30th.  

And speaking of artists, I also made a life dream come true of not only meeting Mr. Atkins and Mr. Franti, but also Brandon Hilton, who I have nicknamed “Beautifully Handsome.”  I had interviewed him in June (on Coffee Talk with Chelle) and then met him in Dallas on his birthday in July (our birthdays are only one week apart).  I even bought him a “Birthday Cake” shot.  And before he left town again to film a movie (which he is doing currently), I had the privilege of seeing him perform live two consecutive nights.  Hope I see him again in the near future, as he’s such a joy to be around. 

I’m so thankful for all my talk show guests and listeners.  Hosting “Coffee Talk with Chelle” has been an amazing experience for me thus far as I’ve interviewed people of various backgrounds, including Book Authors, such as Eva Miller about Adoption, Letricia Hendrix about Depression, and Robert Shaines, a veteran about his experience serving our country and forming a friendship with his prisoner.  Also have had Fashion Designer and Actor Joshy Lofty on my show and been fortunate enough to have become friends with him as well.  Enjoyed interviewing Rodenberry Dive Team’s Director Greg Martin, “Sounds Like a Revolution” documentary filmmaker Summer Love, Entrepreneur and PUP (personal utility pouch) Inventor, Jean Newell and fabric aerialist Kyla Duffy (“Up for Pups” show) many other inspiring people this year! 

As a way of showing gratitude and giving back to my listeners, I’m currently hosting a contest, “Coming Out of Your Shell” which the winner will be announced New Year’s Day and will receive a Prize Package that consists of all types of goodies donated by my past guests and also an opportunity for an Interview!  In case you’re interested, it isn’t too late to enter the contest as deadline isn’t until Dec 31st!  So, submit a video or blog to me via CTalkWC@aol.com and share how you are or will be “Coming Out of Your Shell” now or in 2011 – basically, what are your New Year’s resolutions? 

Perhaps I’ll be sharing with you then mine, but for now I’ll just wrap this up by telling you all THANK YOU so much for your support!  Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays for the remainder of 2010 & Happy New Year in 2011!

Holiday of HOPE Message

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UPCOMING TOPICS for “Coffee Talk with Chelle”

“COFFEE TALK with Chelle”  

(where there’s always variety in life)

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UPCOMING TOPICS

on “Coffee Talk with Chelle” include:

 

Sunday, November 21st:
@8pm CT (til 9):  INTERVIEW with Comedienne Ms. SHAWN PELOFSKY
@9pm CT (til 10): How are you “COMING OUT of YOUR SHELL?”
Sunday, November 28th:
@ 8pm CT (til 9): DIABETES
@ 9pm CT (til 10): COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS (What are you thankful for?)
 

My full length written speech for Michael Franti & Spearhead

I have had the privilege of getting to see a sneak peak of an inspiring new documentary called “Sounds Like a Revolution”. The film premieres in America tomorrow at the Woodstock Film Festival; it features Mr. Michael Franti, Rage Against the Machine, the Dixie Chicks and a host of other artists involved with the new wave of protest music sweeping across America; make sure to grab a copy of this flyer off the merchandise table & check out the trailer @ soundslikearevolution.com

After watching this documentary & learning more about what Mr. Franti and other artists like him go thru to stand up and sing for what they believe, it makes me appreciate them that much more! Don’t y’all just love that Spearhead released their latest album recently on World Peace Day?  Me, too!

And now, I am humbled and honored to say the least to introduce a man and his band who helped me find the joy of life again after both of my adoptive parents died in 2008 when I first heard a hit song one day on my car radio that you might know called “Say Hey (I Love You)”….and here I stand today, as my husband and I are about to begin the process to become parents ourselves thru adoption, which by the way is my “Sound of Sunshine   It is without a doubt my greatest pleasure to introduce to you my favorite musician of all time & a reunited adoptee, just like me.

Please give it up for this beautiful human being and his amazing band:  let’s hear it for MICHAEL FRANTI and SPEARHEAD!!!      

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ADOPTION is my “Sound of Sunshine”

ADOPTION is my “Sound of Sunshine.” I was adopted at 13 days old and raised by two high school teachers who were also my loving parents; at age 24, I was reunited with my entire biological family and have been close with all of them ever since; then at age 33-34 in 2008, I lost both of my parents who adopted and raised me (Mama & Papa) and now I’m 36 and am looking forward to beginning the process of foster care and adoption with my husband soon. Feeling the warmth and absorbing the beauty of the sunshine always brings a smile to my face and also reminds me of what a blessing adoption has been in my life as I’ve come full circle as an adoptee, reunited adoptee, adoptee whose lost both of her adoptive parents, and now looks forward to becoming an adoptive parent (full circle – just like the sun as it being a circular shape).

{All credit goes to Michael Franti & Spearhead and their song, “Sound of Sunshine” – No copyright infringement intended, only hope, love and peace.}

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Sunday, July 11th @ 8pm CT: INTERVIEW with documentary filmmaker Summer Love: “Sounds like a Revolution”

Sounds Like a Revolution is a pro-active and energizing documentary about a new generation of activist musicians who are living proof that music is an important and powerful tool in the ongoing struggle for social change.
 
From the Dixie Chicks to Michael Franti to the punk band Anti-Flag, artists across the musical spectrum recount their motivations and struggles in a post-9/11 environment where dissent was silenced and censorship was commonplace.
 
With themes that explore the role of artists in society, freedom of expression and democratic participation, Sounds Like a Revolution presents a unique historical perspective behind the new wave of protest music sweeping America and offers new hope for the future.
Learn more about this upcoming documentary at www.soundslikearevolution.com

Sounds Like a Revolution – HD Trailer from Deltatime Productions on Vimeo.

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About to give up? Well, don’t! Did you know…?

Michael Franti & Spearhead and Cherine Anderson

Wow! Where do I begin? I attended the John Mayer concert last night in Dallas with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Cherine Anderson as the Opening Act. I admit it was the first time I have ever purchased concert tickets solely for the Opening Act and not the main one. And it was so worth it! They have the most uplifting music and were very interactive with the crowd.

I first discovered Michael Franti thru his hit song, “Say Hey (I Love You).” And then not long afterwards, my husband and I were watching Dave Thomas’ “Home for the Holidays annual t.v. special about adoption). And listened to Mr. Franti share his story about being a adopted and then sang, “Have a Little Faith.”

As time went on, I discovered we have alot in common. Both of us are reunited adoptees, had serious emergency appendix surgeries, lost parents in early 30s, but also have similar beliefs.

Although I did not have the opportunity to meet him in person, I am so thankful I had the privilege of seeing Michal Franti perform live last night. And also can not thank Mix 94.7 radio station in Austin, TX enough as their awesome DJ, Nikki Nite (aka @nikkinite947 on twitter) printed out and handed my “Open Letter” to Mr. Franti himself during her interview with him a couple of days ago and also got his autograph, which she will be mailing to me.

Love & Peace,
‘Chelle

Open Letter for Michael Franti

May I please meet you, Mr. Franti?

I will be attending your concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on Tuesday, March 9th with my husband @ Section 324, Row G, Seats 9 & 10.

I have been reunited with my entire biological family for 11 years and lost 6 family members within six months in 2008, including both of my adoptive parents who raised me as well as an uncle I knew for a decade (he was my birth mom’s brother and he died on my birthday). I’ve had over 20 surgeries since 1999 (due to endometriosis causing complications/my birth mom had this female disease, also). And I had appendicitis in 2009 (I saw your appendix surgery videos; and so glad you’re OKAY now!)

Also I had a hysterectomy at age 29 due to severe endometriosis; however, I have always had peace in my heart about it as I want to adopt children and give back to what I was given – a wonderful life -thanks to my adoptive parents (RIP Mama & Papa).

I can not begin to thank you, your bandmates as well as all of your family enough as you all share you with us and your music has helped so many, including myself. I was able to smile and dance again after my parents died when I heard the lyrics include “Mama” and “Papa” in “Say Hey” song as that’s what I called my mother and father.

Love & Peace,
‘Chelle

P.S. I host an online talk show, Coffee Talk with Chelle @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CoffeeTalkWithChelle on Sunday nights, 8-10pm CT; please feel free to call in sometime and say HI @ 347-215-7225.

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