How to Avoid Repeating History: Understand It.

April 13, 2021
Hosted by Lori Anne Rising and “Uncle Mark” Olmstead

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Episode Description

There are aspects of America’s history that haven’t always made it into the history books. In this episode, Toby Asai Loftus returns, this time to share the real history of Japanese-American Incarceration during World War II. His mother, Mitzi Asai Loftus, was in the 4th grade when her family was removed. Toby has grown up hearing the family stories and has often given talks with his mother to children and adults to share the real-life experiences and ripple effects of the racism that took their lives apart. This is a historical account that remains family-friendly, but (hopefully) will spark conversation as well as deeper compassion for those experiencing racism. To learn more or find out how you can be a guest, visit

Rise ‘n Shine! Not Just for Mornings Anymore.

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Our program helps create a world that works for everyone by focusing on how to rise and shine as individuals each day. We strive to remember that there are no small acts, and all choices have ripple effects. To create lasting happiness, healthy families and a thriving planet, we must challenge pre-conceived thoughts, beliefs and habits, while cultivating deeper gratitude.

Throughout the show, we talk with authors, musicians and innovators. Some guests may remind you of things that you already know but appreciate hearing again. Others may stretch the limits of what you now consider reality, presenting the opportunity for growth and transformation.

All our guests have one thing in common though: like us, they are actively engaged in helping make the world a better place in their own unique ways. They’re taking risks, rising above the past, and shining their most authentic light to help create a world where even our grandchildren’s children can thrive.

Lori Anne Rising and “Uncle Mark” Olmstead

Since 2015, Lori Anne Rising and Uncle Mark Olmstead have been life partners in a quest to make a positive difference! Putting courage before comfort, and taking big risks to be true to their hearts, they are now sharing their mission of helping families rise and shine together.

Lori Anne is the international award-winning author of “You. Rising! Reclaim Your Life. Live Your Purpose.” This road map for women helps them shift from martyr to matriarch to live a healthier, happier, values-based life. As a Thought Leader with the Women’s Information Network, and a Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative Board Member, she is committed to women’s empowerment, social justice and helping create a world that works for everyone.

Uncle Mark is a singer/songwriter and International Best Indie Book Award-winning children’s author who’s performed on stages all over the world. His book, “The Adventures of The True Sunbeam,” is a delightful, universal story that reminds everyone’s inner child how to shine authentically and by using the book’s interactive activities, family relationships are strengthened, even across generations. Inspired early on by John Denver, Uncle Mark is committed to making a difference one song, and one story, at a time.

Together, Lori Anne and Uncle Mark are pursuing their dream of traveling, while lifting hearts and touching lives through words and music. Join them each week to discover new ways to “Rise ‘n Shine” in your own way, every day!

Episode Directory

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

  • 4/27/2021: Exploring the Nature of Reality, Part 1 of 2 Listen Now
  • 4/20/2021: Rising ‘n Shining for a Year! The Anniversary Show. Listen Now
  • 4/13/2021: How to Avoid Repeating History: Understand It. Listen Now
  • 4/6/2021: The Alignment Quotient, Part 2 of 2 Listen Now
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