2016 July

Breaking Barriers Radio Show #1 – Interview with Doc Griggs

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Doc Griggs on Breaking Barriers Radio Show

On Friday night, July 22, 2016 from 8-9pm CDT, I aired the inaugural run of my Breaking Barriers Radio Show on New Orleans 102.3 FM WHIV (“We Honor Independent Voices”). The show was a huge success. I want to thank all the people who made this possible: my sweetheart, producer, and business partner: Dianne de Las Casas, my A/V technician: Eliana (Kid Chef Eliana), my awesome first show guest: Doc Griggs, and the radio station owner: Dr. MarkAlain Dery.

Doc Griggs on Breaking Barriers Radio Show July 15, 2016

My show guest was the inspiring Doc Griggs. Here is more about Doc:

Dr. Eric Griggs, better known as Doc Griggs, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and Tulane University School of Medicine in 1996. He lives in New Orleans and began the Doc Griggs health and wellness initiative, “Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!” The initiative is an educational and advocacy program that empowers individuals through information, demonstration, and activation. As a physician, Doc Griggs utilizes his medical knowledge to provide information and present it in a fun, informative manner. The goal is to provide participants with manageable action items that can make monumental changes in their lives. Doc appears weekly on Fox 8 WVUE’s Morning Edition as a Health Educator every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM. He also has a weekly radio broadcast every Thursday, “The Doc Griggs Show,” on WBOK 1230AM from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and makes monthly appearances on “The Morning Show” with Oliver Thomas on that same station. In addition, he appears on his weekly internet show “Health Talk with Doc Griggs” every Tuesday on the New Orleans Talk Network from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. He is also the contributing medical writer for Data News Weekly, a local community paper. Wow!

Stay tuned for next week’s episode. Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Random Acts of Kindness

In the last 30 days, there has been more violence and bloodshed than I can remember. It’s happening right here on U.S. soil. We can’t undo what’s already been done but we can; however, put an end to what we’ve started. We, as a society, have allowed ourselves to get where we are and we, as a society, need to turn it around.


There’s an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child” just as it takes an entire community to find peace and harmony. There is no question we have lost our way. If we want to find our way, we must work together.


It’s funny… love is a natural emotion but hatred is taught. We are all God’s children and until we see each other as brothers and sisters, the situation will never improve. Let’s be good to each other. Let’s start right now.

I propose that we each perform one random act of kindness today. There over 320 million people in the United States alone. If we all did this, that would be over 320 million acts of kindness. It might not be the solution, but it’s a start.


Recently, a random act of kindness in Kenner, Louisiana touched my heart. At the Target store, James Varnado opened his large umbrella and began walking women to their cars, sheltering them from the downpour. He didn’t do it for publicity. He did it just to be kind. It just so happened that Deepak Saini, a former reporter, took a picture and posted it to his Facebook. It went viral, demonstrating that we all still have a need for love and kindness in this world.

In the words of the song, “Get Together” by the Youngbloods:

“Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now”

Shooting someone is not the answer. Showing someone a better way is.


Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John