We strive to encourage kinder living, to reveal silver linings, to see the world’s perpetual generosity. Share a secret, a belly laugh, an experience…. share the good.
Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband of 29 years, Alex, and has 2 amazing adult children, Matthew and Emily. Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, Willy the dog, friends and good coffee.
Alison Martin — wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Emilia, Brady, pooches – LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, Boldfaced Secret, living life like your socks feel real good.
a true undertaking of positivity.
Sometimes Patti is designing websites and solving marketing problems for good people with her SmackSmog peeps. And sometimes she is hiking with her awesome pup. She believes it’s better to be nice than right, an “oops” is better than a “what if” and simple is best. In design. In life. In Everything.
Former Captain of a fictious submarine, he likes to talk about Search Engine Optimization, Content Marketing, and his Type 181 Volkswagon Thing. He can often be found playing X Box with his kids or camping at the beach with his family. Steve will often say things like “it’s the people that matter” and “what type of ice cream do you have?” Generally happiest around people with a camera in his hand.
Is thrilled to be a winker! She has enjoyed being an actress, director, producer and teacher. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in Hollywood where she spends her time making movies, singing and rescuing kittens. She loves to laugh and she is loud. (can’t take the Jersey out of the girl)
Jeanette is a film & tv editor, writer, director and producer who’s worked on Emmy & Telly Award winning shows, movies, and music videos for a variety of networks. She’s also a trained operatic who mostly sings to her cats now, though sometimes she expands her audience to her family & friends. She loves gardening, good books, good wine, and good conversations, preferably all at the same time.
Natalie is currently studying film at Hussian College, Los Angeles and is happiest when she’s on set. She never passes up an opportunity to binge-watch Top Chef with her mom, or go to a basketball game with her dad —go Clippers! When she’s not on set or spending time with her family, you can find Natalie working on independent projects, trying new recipes, or tending to her growing collection of houseplants.
Emma Berdie Donson
Emma grew up in Ossining, NY and graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan. She now works in film and events in Los Angeles. She has also worked with startups that help digital creators: YouTubers, Twitchers, TikTokers, etc. She is a proud Artist in Residence with the Jewish Women’s Theatre and loves spending time outside with her rescue terrier, Winnie, making jewelry from stones and shells, & teaching cardio dance! Go Blue!
Sheryl’s two happy places are with her family or with those who have grown up overseas (Third Culture Kids/TCKs). She’s happiest when she can combine them. She’s even happier when that combination includes good coffee and dark chocolate. Sheryl works with a non-profit specializing in TCKs, their care and education.
Kathlene Mc Govern
Kathlene is entering her senior year at UCLA where she’s majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Theater. In spring of 2020 Kathlene became the inaugural winner of UCLA’s David Wong Louie Creative Writing Prize and was awarded an Ahmanson Research Scholarship. Next year she intends to go on to her graduate studies in fiction writing and is thrilled to be working with insidewink!
We are over the moon happy to have these wonderful people contribute their thoughts, opinions, advice, ideas and goodness on a consistant basis for insidewink. If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, you can learn how here.
Dove’s boutique studio, Dove’s Bodies, has been an LA institution for more than 35 years. With a background combining decades’ worth of studies in fitness, dance, pilates, martial arts, primal movement, yoga, pranayama, organic nutrition, energy healing, mindful living, intuitive clearing and meditation, Dove is sought out for her unique, intuitive wholistic total-body approach. Dove’s life passion is to guide her clients on their own unique path to wellness, wholeness, and the full integration of mind, body and spirit.
Cheryl Farrell is a corporate communications consultant and performance storyteller in Southern California. She has decades of experience in healthcare, education, and financial services. Cheryl was an original cast member of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew (2001 to 2008) and toured the world appearing in more than 1,000 video clips. She is developing a book proposal that examines how older black women excel at the intersection of race, gender, and age. Cheryl has a master’s degree in Communication Management from USC and a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA. She has been married for 35 years and has two adult children.
Anne Cochran is an award-winning leader of a passionate team of educators who opened Valley International Preparatory High School (VIPHS) — a new charter high school dedicated to providing informed college options. As a former marketing veteran within Hollywood’s film industry and small-business owner, Anne redirected her career interests towards addressing the need for college options to public school-educated teens. Anne has been married for over 45 years to Chuck Cochran, creator and namesake of “Chuck Cochran’s Music Lab” at VIPHS, and they have two grown children.
Natalie has a passion for personal growth and development, spirituality, crafts and Pinterest boards. As a certified “What If” UP Ambassador, she is happily facilitating groups, coaching, spreading a message of joy and possibilities, and helping people dream their biggest dreams. To find out more, visit on whatifup.com here.
Natalie currently lives in beautiful Valencia, CA with her loving, teddy bear of a husband.
Bernie Shine a retired attorney and a master magician. Although law was his profession, magic has been his lifelong passion, both as a performer and as a creator of many original magic effects. In addition, he is collector and dealer of vintage memorabilia, as well as a renowned expert and world-class collector of 1930s Disneyana. He is also an accomplished writer who has who has penned articles for the HuffPost, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy, Highlight Hollywood, and has been a contributor to numerous books, publications, and periodicals.
Lisa Rogers is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in eating disorders and addictions. Lisa is documenting and providing helpful information on her personal Journey to a Plastic Free Life.
Kate Fuglei is an actress and singer who divides her time between Studio City and Brooklyn. She has appeared in over forty episodes of television, including most recently in one of the first episodes of STAR TREK/PICARD. She is a published author with two novels based on the lives of the physicist Enrico Fermi and the educator Maria Montessori. The greatest blessing in her life is her marriage to writer Ken LaZebnik and her two sons, Jack LaZebnik and Ben LaZebnik. They inspire her every single day.
Rachel Marie is an amazing writer and humanitarian who got her M.S. of Behavioral Analysis while working full time, raising her two children, and fostering four children on her own. She lives in Oroville, CA. After the 2018 Paradise Camp Fire personally affected her family and community, she volunteered at the Butte County Distribution Hub, Oroville Hope Center to help serve the community. Ultimately she made a leap of faith, leaving her secure job at the Court House, and followed her heart to become the Executive Director of Disaster Relief. She believes we can all make a little room, that the more you give, the more you are given – and her life is proof of this.
Elin Hampton is a produced and published screenwriter, lyricist, and playwright. Some of the television shows she’s most proud of having written include Mad About You, Dream On, Rugrats, Pinky and The Brain, The Jackie Thomas Show, The Wild Thornberrys and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA and performs with The Nine O’Clock Players.
Peter Martin started his own business in Studio City specializing in interior plantscaping and exterior landscaping. You can see many of his landscape designs at apartment buildings and commercial real estate all around Los Angeles, as well as homes to the stars! He was also owner of Martin Iron Design where he manufactured and designed wrought iron furniture, lighting and accessories for architects and designers. Peter resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife Susan and son Nick. Peter is a graduate of Cal State Northridge.
M. Eileen Hickey
Eileen Hickey is a licensed massage therapist specializing in oncology massage in Portland, OR. She works at Oregon Health & Science University, Nike WHQ and her studio. Her objective: empower her clients to participate in their healing process and feel a sense of wholeness. She’s also a recovering tv news assignment editior of nearly 20 years. Her free time is spent at her cabin amidst the old growth, on the mat or with a good book. She’s still trying to crack a NYT crossword without the help of Google.
Julia is a young, enthusiastic writer whose love for music is threatened by only one thing: her love for coffee. She is currently a choral music student and barista in Los Angeles, where she likes to spend her free time bullet journaling, hiking, and laughing at her two English Bulldogs – Emma and Charlie.
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share the good.
The launch of insidewink was a true undertaking of positivity. Jean originally spoke with Alison about her desire to create a documentary on forgiveness. Trish and Jean set out and filmed many spiritual leaders on the subject while Jeanette joined the team as an editor.
After meeting with Patti & Steve of SmackSmog, we all decided that a website – a living, changing, constant work in progress would get the mission of “sharing the good” out into the world on a regular basis.
Since our launch on 11/11/19, we have had the honor of posting articles from a wonderful wide array of diverse guest writers and have highlighted the work of artists.
We are constantly awed by the amount of goodwill being shared, so we have new features that highlight everyday heroes and charities. These heroes and charities, helping in small and big ways, are changing lives on a daily basis.
Our lifestyle section currently features Jean’s favorite recipes and the wonderful advice and tips from Dr. Elvira Aletta. In the future it will be home to monthly articles about gardening, education, beauty and home styling.
We want to be involved with our readers, so if you have an idea or a comment, please share it with us.
Thank you so much for supporting insidewink and we hope that you will share the good.
Behind the scenes: Producer and actor Alexis Iacono on what it means to her to be working with special effects artist, Eddie Yang, and her contribution to this very special effort.
As the youngest child of seven siblings I often felt the only way to be heard was to speak faster, longer and louder than everyone else. But as I went into the world and began to interact with others, I became aware that this type of conversation can and does drive most people batty.