XIX: The Blues Chose Me - Mike Milligan


The Blues Chose Me: Music is as fundamental as family for Mike Milligan. For most of his life, the two have been intertwined. His band, Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, has been at it for more than two decades, and is largely comprised of kin. In this episode of The Path to Authenticity, hear Mike talk about the how he defines success, the midwestern work ethic, and how the blues chose him. Listen closely and you can hear him in the background, noodling on his guitar. Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel are Shaun Milligan - bass, Robert “Tiny” Cook - drums and backing vocals, and Mike Milligan - lead vocals and guitar. To learn more about Mike, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry, all rights reserved; Music: Cold Slope – Wilco, Kokomo Blues – Mississippi Fred McDowell, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Meat &Three, Doin’ it Right – Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, used with permission from the artist.



XVIII: A Son Facing East - Anthony Guilbert


A Son Facing East: Anthony Guilbert published his first book when he was 19 years old. His most recent book, Notes from the Drift, he published about a year ago. In episode 18 of The Path to Authenticity, you’ll hear the story of a writer whose life experience shows up on the page. Among his greatest influences is Kalhil Gibran. He’s read not only John Ciardi’s translation of the Divine Comedy, but six others. And, he began identifying as a Buddhist when he was 12. You can read all of this between the dense and beautiful lines of his work. Hear the host, Tom Gentry discuss all of this and more with writer, teacher, and mind/body advocate, Anthony Guilbert. Visit anthonyguilbert.net. or Amazon to purchase Notes from the Drift. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry, all rights reserved; Music: Windfall – Son Volt, Such a Night – The Drifters, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)



XVII: I Pick You - Joan Marineau


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I Pick You: In episode 17 of The Path to Authenticity, Joan Marineau talks about the intersection between her professional and personal life; between being a therapist and being a mother. Her career took a sharp turn after an intervention led to treatment for her codependency. Her life took a sharp turn when she flew to China unite with her daughter. With host Tom Gentry, Joan talks about the early history of addiction treatment in South Florida, how her reckoning with codependency forever changed her approach as a therapist, and what she has learned since becoming an adoptive parent. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)



XVI: The Purpose of Psychotherapy - Dr. Donna Marks


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Dr. Donna Marks is the Author of Learn, Grow, Forgive: A Path to Spiritual Success. Donna is psychotherapist with a long list of credentials and has been a teacher of A Course in Miracles for as long as she has practiced, over three decades. In episode 16 of The Path to Authenticity, Donna talks to host Tom Gentry about how, even after many years of healing, some of us remain stuck in unhealthy patterns that keep us from being truly authentic. This is a story of a seasoned healer whose personal and professional lives coalesce to present a solution to this dilemma. To learn more about Donna, click here. Click here to find her book on Amazon. Visit her website at drdonnamarks.com.  For her YouTube channel, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: Falling – The Civil Wars, True Love Will Find You in the End – Daniel Johnston, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)



XV: The Diamond Polisher - Terry Shapiro


Terry Shapiro is the Regional Vice-President of Professional Relations with Origins Behavioral Healthcare. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is more well-known in his industry or more well-liked in general. He’s the guy who’s never met a stranger. In this episode, you’ll hear the story of a man who knows just as many players and scouts at a spring training or minor league baseball game as he does addiction professionals at a well-attended conference. Listen to Terry’s conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode 15 of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about Terry, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: I’m a Man – Chicago Transit Authority, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)



XIV: Burying the Lead - John Thomas


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This is the second of a two episodes featuring John Thomas, Executive Vice-President and Publisher of Psychology Today. We pick up where we left off, talking about some of my career highlights, including how, in my 30’s I had the opportunity to work for someone I saw in concert in my teens. We then move on to discuss the idea of self-actualization, and how it happens on a practical level. Staying true to the theme of the show, John discusses how personal authenticity is essential to one’s success with host, Tom Gentry, on episode 14 of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about John, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: La La Blues – Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Just a Little Lovin’ – Dusty Springfield, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


XIII: This is My Language - Dr. Lalitaa Suglani


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Dr. Lalitaa Suglani is on a mission to teach us how to love ourselves. She’s a psychologist and executive coach based in the U.K. In this episode, we cover topics like neuropathways, negative self-talk, mantras, reiki, relationships, self-actualization, and of course, authenticity. Hear her conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode 13 of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about Lalitaa, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: Things Behind the Sun – Nick Drake, It's Not You It's Me – The Little Willies, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


XII: The Magical Moment of Redemption - John Thomas


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This is the first of a series of episodes featuring John Thomas, Executive Vice-President and Publisher of Psychology Today. John talks a little about his background and how he got his career off the ground with the help of a minor mishap. Then he reverses roles with the host. To learn more about John, click here. Hear his conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode 12 of The Path to Authenticity. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: The Cover of “Rolling Stone” – Dr. Hook, Haitian Fight Song – Charles Mingus, (untitled) – Neutral Milk Hotel, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


X: Without Judgement - Brian Phillips


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After growing up in a small Ohio town, Brian Phillips found healing in his artistry and a home in Texas. In this episode, we hear how Brian came to use one man’s trash to create another man’s treasure. He talks about the roots of his career in design and screen printing. We hear what inspires his work and how grateful he is that the way he makes his living amounts to a de facto meditation practice. We touch on a range of topics, including depression, classic country music, and the unlikely place where Brian got his first break as a visual artist. Hear his conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode 11 of The Path to Authenticity. To Learn more about Brian, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Why Baby Why – George Jones, Stay a Little Longer – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Also Sprach Zarathustra – unknown, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)



IX: The Stranger & the Road - Spencer Reece


The day before Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to a quarter-million onlookers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the poet Spencer Reece was born. Spencer is the author of “The Clerk’s Tale” and “The Road to Emmaus.” The documentary “Voices Beyond the Wall” chronicles his experience teaching young girls to write poetry at their orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras – the murder capital of the world.  His story tells not only what persistence can yield. His is a clear example that life is anything but over when one breaks free from the shackles of alcoholism. In fact, it’s met with unlimited and, sometimes, dreamlike possibilities. Hear Spencer’s story in this episode of The Path to Authenticity with host, Tom Gentry. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: Rolling Sea – Vetiver, To a Band that I Loved – Jason Isbell, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).


VIII: A Symptom of the Problem - Sarey Ruden


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Sarey Ruden transforms her negative experiences in the world of online dating into powerful works of art. In this episode, we explore the often-toxic nature of online interactions. We talk about the undercurrent of hostility that feeds this phenomenon. We touch on an array of topics including, manhood, emotional balance, institutional racism, and (this episode was recorded on the day of the school shooting in Denver) the need for gun control. Hear Sarey’s conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode eight of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about Sarey Ruden, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: Hooray for that Little Difference – Johnny Horton, Neighbor Song – Lake Street Dive, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).


VII: The Fire in Our Hearts - Author Dani La Barrie


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In this episode, author, psychotherapist, and happiness coach Dani La Barrie talks about her book, “Stories of an Ex-Party Girl,” on the eve of its publication. Recorded on the day the podcast was launched, Dani, discusses her trepidation with baring her soul publicly in her book. She talks about her practice and the events she hosts, which include group meditations and cacao ceremonies. The conversation touches on topics like the discomfort in the process of personal growth, letting go of our resistance to change, the importance of de-stigmatizing therapy, and what it’s like to be a young person in long-term recovery. Hear her conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode seven of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about Dani, click here. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: Put Your Money on Me – Arcade Fire, Still a Fool – Muddy Waters, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


VI: The Opposite of Small Talk


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A month after the launch of the show, this episode, with host Tom Gentry, briefly looks back on the first five episodes and previews the next five. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.

© Copyright 2019, Tom Gentry; Music: More and More – Webb Pierce, Tales of Brave Ullysses – Cream, performance rights acquired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


V: The Power of the Other Hand - Lucia Capacchione


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The Power of the Other Hand: In part two of the conversation with Lucia Capacchione, she elaborates on the other members of the inner family. We hear about her voice dialogue work, using the non-dominant hand. Lucia shares some of her experiences consulting with Disney, where she worked with the Imagineers every Friday for 10 years, helping them delve deeper into the creative process. She looks back on her career and touches on the trainings and certification programs she has developed.To learn more about Lucia, click here. Hear her conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode five of The Path to Authenticity. Visit tomgentry.net. Email us at thepathtoauthenticity@gmail.com. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.


IV: The Outward Expression of the Soul - Mimie Langlois


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From the moment she emerged from the womb, Mimie Langlois’s life has been a study in awareness. Her art epitomizes the close relationship between creativity and divinity. And, it hangs in public buildings around the globe. This episode tells the story of a woman whose charmed life took flight as she came to understand the true meaning of art. The conversation with this abstract expressionist painter unveils an enchanting life filled with love and peace, as well as surprises. Hear her conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode four of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about Mimie, and to see examples of her work, click here. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.


III: The Closest We Get to God - Jen Conway


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As an aspiring English teacher, Jen Conway’s love for reading led her to a book on unassisted childbirth. What began as curiosity evolved into passion. Now, in addition to being a mother of four, she is an accomplished doula and birth documentarian. This award-winning photographer captures images every bit as powerful as the moments they represent. In this episode she talks about her career path and offers insight as someone who has immersed herself in pregnancy and childbirth. Click here to learn more about Jen. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.


II: Replacing the Radio Tower


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In this episode, the host, Tom Gentry, briefly introduces himself. He describes of some upcoming episodes and explains why the topic of this podcast is relevant to him. Episode two serves to orient the listener to the show. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.


I: The Wisdom of the Inner Child - Lucia Capacchione


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In this episode, upon release of the third edition of her book “The Power of Your other Hand,” Lucia Capacchione, Phd. talks about growing up in the creative atmosphere of Hollywood. She tells us how, more than once, her own inner child has brought her back from debilitating physical illness. She recounts the evolution of her career from artist, to school teacher, art therapist, psychologist, author, and consultant. Hear her conversation with host, Tom Gentry, on episode one of The Path to Authenticity. To learn more about Lucia, click here. Click here for her Amazon page. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.


Introduction to The Path to Authenticity


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This is a show about being true to oneself. It builds from the premise that when a person owns their identity, the world benefits. It’s then that they’re at their very best. We’ll not only hear the stories of people who are on their path to personal authenticity, we’ll talk to people who can help us navigate our own. We’ll discuss how and why we veer away from our respective paths and consider the obstacles we often encounter. We’ll hear from writers, artists, psychologists, coaches, poets, photographers, entrepreneurs, clerics, as well as other experts and independent thinkers of all kinds. Visit tomgentry.net. Find the show on Patreon. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram.