1. HOST JACKIE TANTILLO - Lessons Learned From My Mother With Guest Author Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro 29:58

My guest wrote to me saying “even as a child , my mother had me researching at the library and writing essays on various topics! I went on to pursue higher education and become a teacher, and after retiring from a successful and rewarding career, I went on to write an award winning spiritual fiction and a prominently endorsed 5-book series (in addition to contributing to numerous anthology books.”  Dr. Foderaro continues, “I am passionate about handling life’s challenges with goodness, compassion, honesty and love. I talk about surviving Family Trauma which initially led to being open to the Universe’s signs and synchronicities, and then eventually led to my writing to heal and becoming an author.

From a young age, Marni’s mother, Elizabeth Ann, taught her daughter many lessons. Often these recurring lessons were meant to instill creativity, discipline and motivation, all skills that Marni says were helpful when becoming a teacher. For example, Marni shares the story of when she was a child and wanted her first ten speed bicycle and many more.  Her mother was steadfast and had specific reasoning as to how Marni could get that bike. You’ll have to listen to the show to get all the details. Just so you know, both  Marni and her mother were writers and teachers.

“My mother was a lover of words and extremely witty and intelligent. She grew up in Florida and North Carolina. She got her   Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in an era and area of the United States  which typically  was unheard of for women, continues Marni. Before completing her Masters, Elizabeth Ann was a high school English teacher in Broward Co., Florida and went on to teach English at Stetson University at DeLand, Florida.” Marni is convinced that her mom had tremendous family support and encouragement as a young lady, otherwise “there’s no way she could have achieved all that she did” reflects Dr. Foderaro.

Marni has many wonderful stories to share about her mother and how she encouraged and supported her as a child and how her mother still influences her today. ” I know my mom was a huge part of who I am.”

Foderaro admits that her upbringing was unconventional compared to her peers. It was the 60’s and she and her two younger brothers had plenty of freedom. The kids were often on their own, left to raise themselves, yet plenty of time to be creative. Her father was a college professor. 

“The freedom had pros and cons”, says Foderaro, “I didn’t get guidance for many things, it was bittersweet. I was often striving for structure and discipline and I grew up being very organized which helped me with my teaching career.”


More from Marni’s Bio:

Marni’s life was forever changed after experiencing numerous trauma-induced STEs-Spiritually Transformative Encounters. Marni’s 2020 Best Books Award Winning Spiritual fiction “God Came to My Garage Sale” is prominently endorsed by James Redfield, best selling author of “The Celestine Prophecy” series of books and founding directors of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies). 

Marni’s latest prominently endorsed 5-book series is entitled: “True Deceit False Love” addresses Domestic Violence, Narcissistic Abuse, Parental Alienation and Intergenerational Family Trauma.

Marni is a lover of animals, nature, music and world travel who handles life’s challenges with love and compassion. She values honesty, integrity, equality and goodness and prays for peace on earth. 

In addition to her speaking engagements and various writing endeavors, Foderaro is a contributing author to numerous anthology books, including: “The Last Breath,” “The Evolution of Echo,” “We’re All In This Together: Embrace One Another,” “The Ulti-MUTT Book for Dog Lovers” and “bLU Talks Presents” (Business, Life and the Universe.) 

In January 2022 Marni was inducted into the Bestselling Authors International Organization. Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro’s books, podcast and T.V. interviews, guest articles, speaking engagements, book signings and events can be found under “Happenings” on her website. www.GodCameToMyGarageSale.com   under “Happenings” to see examples of my podcast and T.V. interviews, books, guest articles, book signings and other events. 



Jackie Tantillo loves being on both sides of the microphone –as Voice Over Artist and Producer/Engineer and in front of the camera as an On Camera Talent. She has been featured in National and International On Camera and Voice Over Commercials and Industrials. Over the years, she has mentored students with an interest in production and broadcasting and has volunteered with elementary school aged children in theatre production. Jackie is able to draw from her many years as a spokesperson and radio talent to bring warmth and insight to her many endeavors, including representative for organizations such as D.A.R.E., March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy and Easter Seals. A mom and the youngest of seven siblings, Italian American born in Rota Spain, Jackie or ‘Juani’ as her family and friends call her, comes from a very close knit family. Her knowledge of conversational French, Italian and Spanish has broadened the scope of her work. She lives in New Jersey and loves spending time with her family in the outdoors and traveling.