Personal Growth Speaker | Host Own Show | Positive Radio| Blog She is the nation's powerhouse personality for live talk radio and the voice behind Positive Living, Patricia Raskin, president and founder of Raskin Resources, is an award-winning media producer and host, media coach, speaker and author. http://www.patriciaraskin.com Sat, 30 May 2015 12:18:03 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Past and Current Sponsors http://www.patriciaraskin.com/blog/item/493-past-and-current-sponsors.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/blog/item/493-past-and-current-sponsors.html

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Robert Jordan http://www.patriciaraskin.com/positive-business-on-wprv/item/234-robert-jordan.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/positive-business-on-wprv/item/234-robert-jordan.html

robert_jordanTune in as Patricia interviews Robert Jordan, who has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. After its sale he founded RedFlash, a project implementation team, and interimCEOinterimCFO, a worldwide network of interim, contract, and project executives. He will discuss his new book How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America, where he interviewed 45 company founders, each of whom started, grew, and sold a company for approximately $100 million or more, or took their company public for $300 million or more in market valuation.

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AM790 Business Talk Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:49:00 +0000
Paula A. Marshall http://www.patriciaraskin.com/positive-business-on-wprv/item/233-paula-a-marshall.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/positive-business-on-wprv/item/233-paula-a-marshall.html

paula_marshallTune in for the "Finding the Soul of Big Business" featured segment when Patricia interviews Paula Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies, recepient of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and author of the new book,  Finding the Soul of Big Business. She will discuss how to find and retain "good customers", prioritize your income streams, foster good employee relationships and promote positive corporate culture.

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AM790 Business Talk Fri, 27 May 2011 19:37:00 +0000
Business Talk, NBC 10 News http://www.patriciaraskin.com/blog/item/228-business-talk-nbc-10-news.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/blog/item/228-business-talk-nbc-10-news.html

Patricia Raskin talks about having a positive outlook by turning challenges into opportunities.

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Home Tue, 17 May 2011 20:52:16 +0000
Biography http://www.patriciaraskin.com/bio/bio.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/bio/bio.html

Patricia RaskinPatricia Raskin, host of the Patricia Raskin Positive Living radio show, is a nationally recognized, multi-media radio talk show host. award-winning producer, speaker and author.  She is recognized by her peers and listeners as the "powerhouse voice" behind lifestyle, health and wellness, inspirational, and personal growth talk radio. A "positive media" pioneer for over twenty-five years, Patricia has been hosting and producing media programs and serving as a catalyst for creating positive change through programs that focus on the positive side of life.   Patricia helps listeners turn their obstacles into opportunities and challenges into solutions to make their dreams come true through her renowned interviews with the "best of the best" motivational, spiritual, health, and self-improvement experts.

Over the past 25 years, Patricia has interviewed nearly 2,000 guests on her Patricia Raskin Positive Living™ television and radio programs and her programs have aired on Fox, PBS and NPR affiliates, WTKF, 107.3FM and Blog Talk Radio.   Patricia has also authored two books, Success, Your Dream and You and Pathfinding: 7 Principles for Positive Living, in addition to writing nearly 700 newspaper columns and producing and hosting over 500 television shows and documentaries.

Raskin hosts and produces radio programs on air, on line and on demand - on terrestrial radio and one on the internet and was one of the first to create positive radio programs on the internet.  As well as many Jane Seymour - Patricia Raskinlocal and regional experts, nationally renowned guests have included Dr. Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, Neal Donald Walsch, Marci Shimoff, Dr. John Gray, Byron Katie, Richard Bach, Dr. Andrew Weil,  Debbie Ford, Arielle Ford, Lisa Nichols, Hale Dwoskin,  Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Dr. Memhet Oz, Lisa Oz, Joan Lunden,  ABC Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary,  Dr. Jerry Jampolsky, Dr. John Bradshaw,  Jane Seymour, Dr. Dean Ornish,  Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Gail Sheehy. Raskin  has interviewed talent, writers, producers and directors from upcoming Hallmark Channel's original movies including Ernest Borgnine, Elliot Gould, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts and Dean McDermott.

• Patricia Raskin WPRO Raskin's Patricia Raskin Positive Living show, in its eighth year, is heard on the Cumulus Broadcasting affiliate in Providence RI , News Talk 630 WPRO and streamed live on Saturdays at 3-6pm ET.  This program has 15,000 guests per week and an estimated listening time of 1 hour, 15 min.

• Raskin's Patricia Raskin Positive Living internet radio program, online since 2002, is heard live on Mondays at 2PM ET/11AM PT and is archived on voiceamerica.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/Show/1045

Bee imagery has always been meaningful and symbolic to Patricia. Her book Pathfinding: Seven Principles for Positive Living, and Success, Your Dream and You explains the metaphor: "Like the bee that draws nectar from deep inside the flower to make honey, Patricia Raskin is a catalyst who draws out the positive, life-enriching wisdom of others, and serves it up as enriching honey for your soul ... this book is a beehive of cross-pollination which transfers life experiences into food for thought—a honeycomb of strength, hope and positive action for these challenging times."

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About Sat, 07 May 2011 21:43:38 +0000
Lisa Oz http://www.patriciaraskin.com/blog/item/160-oz-lisa.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/blog/item/160-oz-lisa.html

Lisa OzJoin Patricia as she interviews Lisa Oz, married to Dr. Mehmet Oz for 25 years, award-winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show". Lisa is a producer, entrepreneur, mother of four children, host of “The Lisa Oz Show” on Sirius/XM, and the coauthor of six New York Times bestselling books, including the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series.  And as it turns out, she knows more than a thing or two about relationships. Now available for the first time in paperback, she will discuss US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most.

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RCGuests Thu, 05 May 2011 23:25:24 +0000
Newport Daily News http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/156-newport-daily-news.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/156-newport-daily-news.html By James J. Gillis. Newport Daily News staff.
June 28-29, 2008

My goal is to get people to turn obstacles into opportunities and turn problems into solutions,” she said.
Raskin broadcasts on WPRO and WEAN-FM (99.7) Sundays at noon and Mondays on the Internet at 11 a.m. (TalkZone) and at 2 p.m. (VoiceAmerica). Raskin recently interviewed writer Dan Buettner, author of “Blue Zones,” to discuss healthy aging.
In an hour-long chat, Raskin and Buettner discussed aging, particularly in residents of Okinawa, who commonly live long lives. Beuttner told Raskin that lifestyle is about 90 percent of the success, with genetics about 10 percent.
dailynewsRaskin, with a telephone and laptop set up on her kitchen table in Newport, breezily chatted with Buettner, while taking cues from her producer by computer, telling her when to take a break or how many minutes remained in the show.
“He (Buettner) was a good guest,” Raskin said once the show ended. “I’d like to talk to him again. I usually don’t have a problem getting people to talk, not very often. Usually, they’re people who have written a book and are willing to talk.”
Raskin has been in the talk business for 25 years, first hosting a cable TV show in Massachusetts at a time when few women did. “I think I’ve always tried to be a trailblazer and a pioneer,” she said. “And things have grown so much.”
Raskin grew up in West Hartford, Conn., and worked in education as a Massachusetts guidance counselor, a sometimes-frustrating experience. “I found I was putting Band-Aids on children instead of getting to the root of their problems.”
She moved to Newport six months ago after living in North Carolina, where she hosted a talk show for 11 years. She moved to Rhode Island primarily because her brother Russell Raskin is a bankruptcy lawyer in Providence and her 91-year-old father, Dr. Melvin Raskin, lives in Warwick.
Divorced, Raskin has a grown daughter, Laura Shmishkiss, who lives in New York.
She had visited Newport in the past and decided it would be her new home. “It has so much to offer,” Raskin said. “You walk out the door and you have the movie theaters, galleries, all in walking distance. You don’t need to drive anywhere. And you can eat at a different restaurant every night. I just love it.”
Raskin is 61, and said she keeps fit by eating well and taking yoga classes. Her experience in talk radio has served her well in landing nationally known guests such as Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Mehmet Oz.
For her WPRO show, she’s tried to book more locally based guests, such as former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. several weeks ago and author Ann Hood on Sunday. “I feel truly gifted to be able to interview so many fascinating people,” Raskin said. “I’ve gained so much knowledge in interviewing people.”
Paul Giammarco, WPRO program director, said Raskin’s show is gaining in popularity. “Her guests are phenomenal and awe-inspiring, as is Patricia herself,” he wrote in an e-mail.
For Raskin, staying positive includes surrounding yourself with positive people, honoring ancestors, protecting relationships and believing in miracles big and small. In every experience, no matter how bad, she said there is something to learn even if people fail to see it at first.
“I’m not a goody-two shoes or a Pollyanna,” she said. “But I do think one of the keys to life is staying positive.”
With three talk shows, Raskin said she hopes her show will someday be syndicated. Health and everyday living are topics that are universal, she said, and she has a roster of potential guests.
As the author of two books, Raskin thinks there’s a third in her waiting to get out. She just needs to carve out the time. The overall goal, she said, is helping people to live healthier and more positive lives.
“Everyone can use a coach, I think. Tiger Woods is fantastic. But even he needs coaching,” she said.

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Media Coverage Thu, 05 May 2011 18:27:14 +0000
PBN http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/155-pbn.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/155-pbn.html

She found her voice, audience in online radio
October 13, 2008
By Denise Perreault - PBN Staff Writer

Patricia Raskin always has been a pioneer. People laughed at her in 1982 when, as a teacher and guidance counselor living in Rockport, Mass., she began a public affairs show on what was then a new medium, cable television, to help viewers solve problems in their everyday lives.

In October 2002, after working as a newspaper columnist, producing documentaries for public television and spending about five years as the host of a successful radio talk show she established, Raskin took another leap. Then living in North Carolina, she was "one of the first," she said, to hook up with an online radio outfit few people had heard of, VoiceAmerica. "I knew that the power of the Internet would only grow," she said.

Today, no one is laughing at her.

Raskin produces and hosts her own radio talk show "Positive Living," doing three separate live, call-in shows from her Newport home every week, 12 each month, interviewing such celebrities as author Gail Sheehy, actress Jane Seymour and psychic medium James Van Praagh. Her shows are carried live on WPRO radio, both AM and FM, as well as via three online radio outlets: www.630wpro.com, www.voicemerica.com and www.talkzone.com.

Once again, Raskin has managed to be on the cusp of yet-another major development in communication, online radio. Some industry experts predict that, in the not-too-distant future, radios as standalone devices will become obsolete because everyone will listen to the news, music and talk shows on the computer and its portable accessories, like iPods.

The weekly online radio audience is at an all-time high with an estimated 32 million listeners nationwide, according to "The Infinite Dial 2008: Radio's Digital Platforms," a June 2008 report prepared from telephone surveys by Arbitron Inc., the well-known ratings agency, and Edison Media Research. "An uptick in 2008 has resulted in the highest total weekly audience for online radio since Arbitron and Edison began tracking this measure in 2000," the report states.

Other highlights of the report:

• More than one in five Americans has listened to online radio in the last month, 21 percent of the population over 12 years old, for a total of approximately 54 million listeners mont•ly.

n The weekly online audience skews slightly male and adult, with 52 percent male and 60 percent between the ages of 25 and 54 years •ld.

n More than one in seven 25- to 54-year-olds listened to online radio in the last week, 15 percent of all Americ•ns.

n Online radio listeners are more likely to be employed full time than the average. Some 57 percent of weekly listeners work full time, compared to 43 percent of respondents 12 years and ol•er.

n Most online radio listeners, 53 percent, have also watched video online in the past month.

Online radio offers global immediacy, listening on-demand, and advertising targeted to specific regions, the three key reasons why its future compared to traditional terrestrial radio looks so promising, according to Jeffrey Spenard, a Rhode Island native who co-founded VoiceAmerica in late 2000.

Spenard lived in North Providence and Smithfield before leaving the state years ago. He is now stationed in Phoenix, Ariz., as president of VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio, another online network. The two networks have 5-million unique listeners every month, he said, with 210 shows. Although he believes terrestrial radio will "always be there," Spenard predicted that, by the year 2010, "Internet radio will have the highest listenership of anybody."

With 18,000 servers, his networks immediately transmit online radio shows across the globe, he noted. Those same shows are archived online for years, so a listener can hear any show he or she wants at any time 24 hours a day, perhaps downloading them to iPods. And thirdly, Spenard said, the online format allows a commercial about air-conditioning to run in the winter on the West Coast, for example, while East Coast listeners hear an ad for snow shovels in the same time slot.

"What the Internet platform offers is the opportunity to keep pace with the way busy people live their lives, at 70 miles per hour. It's accessible to people on the go," said Holland Cooke, a media consultant based on Block Island and a WPRO disc jockey decades ago. "It gives people what they need, when they want it."

Like Spenard, Cooke believes there always will be terrestrial radio because "we're already accustomed to it," he said, "and it's free in exchange for us absorbing some commercials." That's a conclusion that Arbitron and Edison Media also reached in their recent report, which says that contrary to popular belief, people who listen to digital radio platforms, including satellite and podcasts, do not spend less time listening to AM/FM radio. "Despite the growth in alternatives … the time spent listening to AM/FM radio by users of digital radio platforms has not changed versus a year ago," the report said. Some 94 percent of Americans use AM/FM radio, "making it the most widely utilized audio platform."

For Raskin, working online is basically the same as broadcasting over traditional airwaves, except she has the opportunity to explore "more esoteric subjects" online, she said.

Although her message about the importance of living and thinking positively is always the same, Raskin explained that she might, for instance, opt for online to explore a "very religious topic" if broadcasting where that religion is in the minority, or for a show on sexuality in a conservative place like North Carolina. The online platforms offer her the variety of "different venues" for different topics, she said. "Online, I have a very targeted audience, which is very good for advertisers," she said. "I'm not for everybody. I'm targeted, I'm niched."

And that is exactly where she should be, according to Cooke.

Asked how an online radio talk host can best earn a living, he replied, "by being narrow, by being as niche and boutique as you can, that's how you make money. So a specialist is going to have the easiest time" finding a market.

For instance, a talk show host offering tips on physical fitness would have a tough time because dozens of Web sites are devoted to healthy living, he suggested. But, if the same host offers fitness tips for asthmatics, an exceptionally interested online audience may be relatively small but receptive and loyal, drawing perhaps advertising revenue from pharmaceutical companies specializing in asthma medications. It's the advertising revenue and sponsorship of specific shows that generally provide the funds to pay "the talent" such as talk show hosts, Spenard confirmed.

Cooke has nothing but praise for online radio, which he called a "wonderful trend" because it is a "democratization" of the medium. "The do-it-yourself nature of the Internet has leveled the playing field," he said. Previously, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would issue licenses for a certain number of radio stations in one area and listening to the radio was a "very passive experience" where "we talk and you listen." Online radio allows more practitioners to broadcast – or "narrowcast," Cooke says – and, without FCC regulations, is "utterly free range and pure First Amendmet."

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Media Coverage Thu, 05 May 2011 18:26:24 +0000
Newport This Week http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/154-newport-this-week.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/154-newport-this-week.html She's got good news, and good news
Newport This Week
December 26, 2008
by Tom Shevlin

NEWPORT — Facing the prospects of a long winter and a dismal economy, it may seem hard to focus on life’s blessings. But with the New Year upon us, one local radio talk show host says now may be the perfect time to focus on the positives. Meet Patricia Raskin, a recent Newport transplant and a beacon on positive thinking.

Newport This WeekRadio host Patricia Raskin at her home in Newport, where she broadcasts. Her call-in show focuses on topics relating to "positive living" and overcoming obstacles.

Ms. Raskin, who has been hosting and producing positive media programs for more than 25 years, bucks the trend of negativism on talk radio, choosing instead to focus on positive solutions for everyday problems.

Broadcasting Sundays on WPRO (630 AM) and WEAN (99.7 FM), and Mondays over the Internet on leading online talk stations voiceamerica.com and talkzone.com, Ms. Raskin has established herself as an expert on positive living and a pioneer of alternative media.

Her show, Positive Living, is at the forefront of a growing $12 billion industry, and her voice is one of the nation’s most recognizable.

A former Massachusetts school guidance counselor, Ms. Raskin began her unlikely foray into positive living media with a cable access show based out of Rockport, Mass. in 1982. Since then, she has produced more than 700 TV shows and 800 radio shows; written more than 200 newspaper columns; and authored two books with another on the way.

And although she has made a name for herself on the same media known mostly for its conservative-leaning political talk shows, she is anything but a typical talk host.

“I think the main thing we have to look at is gratitude,” she says with a smile. “We need to reframe our thinking...To begin to look at how we can make obstacles into opportunities.”

That is something Ms. Raskin has been preaching for years, and is a message that in today’s climate is resonating with audiences.

“People are looking for a positive message and a positive vibe,” said Paul Giamarco, WPRO’s program director. “She’s got that spark, that passion and intelligence,” he said. “She’s on a mission; a mission to change people’s lives. And we sure could use a lot more of that these days.”

Since taking over the Sunday morning time slot, Ms. Raskin has seen her program audience double and in some cases triple, according to Mr. Giamarco.

Citing a lineup that frequently features celebrity guests, Mr. Giamarco said Ms. Raskin’s show offers its audience a unique glimpse into the lives of people who outwardly appear to have it all.

“Having people like Jane Seymour on talking about how they’ve overcome obstacles shows people that they’re not alone,” he said.

And teaching people how to find even the most elusive silver linings is a specialty of Ms. Raskin. However, neither is she taking her lessons from Candide; all may not be for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

“We don’t talk about life through rose-colored glasses,” she says. Instead, she believes people should stand up against what they do not believe is right, and frequently offers up advice dealing with hard realities, from finance to personal relationships.

A student as well as a teacher, she has immersed herself in positive-living teachings for over 25 years.

Part motivational speaker, part life coach, Ms. Raskin is an expert on positivity. Her seven keys to positive living are to honor your heritage, live in the present, use your imperfections to perfect your life, honor your talents, nurture your relationships, see miracles in everyday life, and of course, focus on the positives.

Looking toward the holidays, this year, she said, even the smallest of gestures might be the greatest gift.

“That one ounce of kindness goes such a long way,” she said.

But don’t bother with a New Year’s resolution – she doesn’t believe in them.

Instead, she says people should look at the essence rather than the form.

“Rather than say ‘I’m going to lose 10 lbs. by Jan. 30,’ do something with your life to be healthier,” she said.

Listeners hoping to turn a new leaf in the new year can tune in to Positive Living from noon to 1 p.m. on WPRO or twice on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon on talkzone.com, or 2 to 3 p.m. on voiceamerica.com.

Positive thinking

Patricia Raskin’s seven keys to positive living:

* Honor your heritage

* Live in the presen

* Use your imperfections to perfect your life

* Honor your talents

* Nurture your relationships

* See miracles in everyday life

* Focus on the positives

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Media Coverage Thu, 05 May 2011 18:24:40 +0000
The Jewish Voice and Herald http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/153-the-jewish-voice-and-herald.html http://www.patriciaraskin.com/media-coverage/item/153-the-jewish-voice-and-herald.html A positive Jewish voice in R.I. talk radio
The Jewish Voice and Herald
February 6, 2009
by Richard Asinoff

EAST PROVIDENCE – In the kvetching landscape of talk radio in Rhode Island, Patricia Raskin’s two hours of “Positive Living” on WPRO on Sunday afternoons, from noon to 2 p.m., is a growing force on the local airwaves.

 

Jewish Voice and HeraldIt is attracting a wide audience that seems to want to listen and learn more about how to accentuate the positive in their lives.

Raskin, 61, who lives in Newport, is often accompanied to the studio along the Wampanoag Trail by her 92-year-old father, Melvin, a retired dentist; he is now a resident of Tamarisk Assisted Living in Warwick. Indeed, her strong, evolving relationship with her father – and his support for her “pathfinding” ways – has been a major influence on her life.

In her first book, Pathfinding: Seven Principles for Positive Living, her father wrote the foreword, in which he said: “It is truly fulfilling to have a child – your adult child – come to you with some of the things you taught her and realize they took. The foundation of a child’s respect for parents and society is the greatest strength a culture can have.”

“My Judaism is very important to me,” Raskin said. “It’s very much about tradition and family values. It’s about the value of tikkun olam, repairing the world.”

Raskin, whose media career began with a pioneering cable TV show in Massachusetts some three decades ago, is now both on air and on line with three Internet-based call-in shows. Her diminutive size – about 5 feet tall – belies both a powerhouse radio voice and her enormous bundle of energy. “Even as a child, I could never sit still,” she said.

Upcoming topics on her show will include interviews with the granddaughter and son of Tuvia Bielski, the real-life Jewish partisan played by Daniel Craig in the movie, “Defiance,” who helped to save more than 1,200 Jews during World War II and whose descendants now number in the tens of thousands.

The show is scheduled to air at noon on Feb. 22, and will also include an interview with Joe Fab, producer and co-director of the movie, “Paper Clips,” the inspiring film about middle school students in southeastern Tennessee who created a moment for Holocaust victims by collecting paper clips to represent individuals who had been killed by the Nazis.

The transition from teacher and guidance counselor to innovative cable TV and radio talk show host was the realization that she was tired of trying to put Band-Aids on problems faced by the schoolchildren that were much more related to the need for a better parenting environment.

From Massachusetts to North Carolina and now here in Rhode Island, Raskin has put her ideas on how to live life to the fullest to work on air and online, “changing obstacles into opportunities and challenges into solutions.” Her shows can be heard streaming at www.talkzone.com, www.voiceamerica.com, and www.630wpro.com.

Her goal is to help people to live healthier and more positive lives. She prides herself on her interviewing skills, engaging with her listeners. As she told one reporter: “Everyone can use a coach, I think. Tiger Woods is fantastic. But even he needs coaching.”

Her guests are a panoply of positive thinkers: Jane Seymour, Dan Millman, Sue Monk Kidd, Thomas Moore, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Memhet Oz, Michael Gelb, John Gray, Theodore Bikel, David Bach and Ann Louise Gittleman.

Raskin has clearly hit a very resonant chord with listeners; her ratings have quadrupled and WPRO has increased her show to two hours.

Father and Daughter

Raskin very much wanted her father to be a part of her interview with The Voice & Herald, because of the important role he had played in shaping her beliefs. Her father, a dentist, had retired to Florida and become the spiritual leader of a congregation on Marco Island.

Having gone to school in Alabama (radio announcer Mel Allen was his roommate in college), he served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Now, at Tamarisk, he relishes the opportunity to be involved with Judaism.

It also enables the family to be closer together – Raskin’s brother, Russell, is an attorney in Providence.

The relationship between the father and daughter at times seems very much an evolving work-in-progress, where strong but loving personalities interact. They often have agreed to disagree.

In the interview, Patricia jumps right in, asking – and sometimes answering – questions to fill in any “dead air” as her father ponders his answer.

Raskin praises her father’s ability to be supportive and to listen; he, in turn responds with a grin: “Oh, yes, I listen, and then I tell her she’s wrong.”

Melvin admits he often shied away from giving her too much praise when she was growing up, or bragging about her, because he didn’t want to invoke an “evil eye,” drawing too much attention, and tempting fate.

“I want to see her ‘hit it,’” he admitted. “I’d like her to get the recognition for her work more than just locally.”

Patricia responds: “One of my goals is for my father to live to see the kind of success that I have now in my work. He has always been so supportive of me.”

For more information about Patricia Raskin, go to www.patriciaraskin.com, or contact here at patricia@patriciaraskin.com.

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Media Coverage Thu, 05 May 2011 18:22:09 +0000