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36 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Kindness with Yvonne Caputo
In this episode I speak with Author Yvonne Caputo who wrote the most amazing book called, "Flying With Dad; A Daughter. A Father. And the Hidden Gifts in His Stories from World War II." It's a story of how a little girl, always yearning to connect with her Greatest Generation Father, finally found a way in His stories. It's a story of, above all else, the kindness that allowed that connection to take place. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording and producing it. Have you ever thought of starting your own podcast? It's an amazing creative outlet; find your topic and let 'er rip. It's fun, simple to do and requires minimal start up cost. The thing is, I couldn't have done it if it weren't for Buzzsprout. What do you get?Buzzsprout gets your show listed in every major podcast platform, so right off the bat people can find your show.You’ll get a great looking podcast website, audio players that you can drop into other websites, detailed analytics to see how people are listening, tools to promote your episodes, and more.Podcasting isn’t hard when you have the right partners.The team at Buzzsprout is passionate about helping you succeed.Over one hundred thousand podcasters are already using Buzzsprout to put out fantastic content. Join us! https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1514305
32 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Kindness with Lisa Dimino White
In this episode I speak with Lisa Dimino White, the founder of The Joy Seeker. She is a Certified Professional Life Coach and an amazing, upbeat, high-energy individual. I had such a good time with Lisa, that I decided that I, too, wanted to help people find joy in their lives. If you are looking for more joy in your life, consider connecting with Lisa. https://instacart.oloiyb.net/c/3204644/1232329/7412
35 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Kindness with J. Robert Parker
In this episode I speak with J. Robert Parker of Twin Ravens Hypnotherapy and Research. His insights and advice on kindness are fantastic and it was such a relaxing and enjoyable conversation.
29 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Kindness with Stacy Owen Johnston
Happy New Year! Let's take 2022 by the...horns and make it the best year ever (I know. Low bar.)All of the month of January, my guests and I will be discussing Kindness. What does it look like? Why doesn't there seem to be enough? What can we do to promote and encourage kindness? My guest this week is Stacy Owen Johnston is the CEO at Enlighten Up a consulting firm. She also hosts not one, but two podcasts; Un-Caped Heroes with her daughter Cassey and
23 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Local Christmas Pt. 4
In this, my last episode before Christmas, I speak with Dani Dircks, the owner of Sailor Mercy Elderberry Syrup. If you have someone on your list who supports local and holistic healing this is the perfect gift. While Elderberry Syrup is not a cure or a treatment for the illnesses in the world, it has a proven track record in the area of immunity-boosting. Dani developed her Elderberry syrup after her oldest child came home from Kindergarten sick, a few years ago. As a Mom, she felt she needed to give her children all the support she could to fight off the myriad germs floating around in a school setting. After an exhaustive research on holistic methods, she decided to create her own elderberry syrup. And it worked!Listen to her story and shop local for your friends and family whop want to stay healthy and safe during cold and flu (and even seasonal allergy) season.Sailor Mercy on Facebook.Sailor Mercy on Instagram.
27 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Local Christmas Pt. 3
In this episode I speak with Yrazema (Z) Garcia from Truffles and Tortes Dessert Café in Anoka and Jennifer Renik from Fairy Tails Grooming in Blaine about their respective products and what amazing gifts they would make this Christmas Season. Truffles and Tortes is a café located in Downton Anoka. With award-winning desserts as well as soups, fresh quiche, soups and sandwiches their fare would make an excellent gift, hostess gift or gift card. You can find them on Facebook here. Fairy Tails Grooming is a dog grooming business located in Blaine. Although you may not want to give a dog grooming as a gift (or, maybe you do. I don't know.) Jennifer sells some amazing dog treats as well as bandanas and leashes made specifically for her shop. You can find her shop on Facebook here.
34 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Local Christmas Pt. 2
In this, our second episode featuring local creators, I am honored to introduce you to Brian Hong of The Gathering Stones. Brian creates amazing charcuterie boards from granite. Beautiful and unique these stones will mark you as the king or queen of the gift givers this holiday season. I also take great pleasure in introducing you to Josh and Bridget Smith from the Pen Smith Shop. You will not find a more amazing array of handmade wooden gifts anywhere. Laser cut and designed by Josh and Bridget if you can't find something in their collection of ornaments, keychains, pens and puzzles you're simply not trying. Haha.Please consider purchasing from these or the other local creators we are highlighting this month. The Gathering Stones Facebook PageThe Pen Smith Shop Facebook Page
26 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
I wanted to highlight a few local creators as gift ideas for Christmas this year. First up is Cory with CT's Revival BBQ Sauce. You can find his products (which are amazing) from rubs to an astounding array of sauces on his Facebook Page.Also in this episode is Virginia Louden from Ginny Bites. Virginia is a creative food designer and whether you need a Hostess gift or a stocking stuffer or just want to give the gift of sweetness, her food is the perfect idea. You can find Ginny Bites products at her Facebook page, as well. But if you're into food porn, check out her Instagram, too.
32 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Gratitude with Debra Lee May
As a coach and successful business woman, Debra May has some serious insights as to how gratitude plays a role in healing and moving on to create the life you wanted, even if you didn't know you wanted it at the time. Join us for this conversation which, I hope, will help you top see more to be grateful for in life and open whole new doors to you.Debra's links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram
33 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Gratitude with Chris DT Gordon.
In this episode I speak with an extraordinary guy; Chris DT Gordon. Chris had every reason to be mad at the world, but instead of becoming bitter, he chose gratitude. Hear his amazing story and wonder to yourself, "how could my life be better by choosing gratitude?"Chris' links.WebsiteTAG One SheetInstagramScar Bearers Podcast
29 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Gratitude With Deborah Hawkins
In this Episode (and all the episodes in November) we're going to be talking about gratitude and how it can help you mentally. I'm not talking about be thankful for gravy without lumps or that the turkey isn't dry. I am talking about the little things that we can be grateful for each and every day. The things that focusing on can change your perspective and have a profoundly positive impact on your mental health.My first guest is Deborah Hawkins. She is a certified life coach and has had some truly horrible breaks during her life, but has not let them define her. I think you will enjoy her story and, if you are interested in her Zoom seminars there is a link below to register. Helium For Your Heart. Deborah's Blog
19 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Anoka, Minnesota (The Hauntings pt. 2)
In the Final Episode of my Anoka series, we finish out in true Halloween fashion with four more Haunted places. I know I have missed a few, so if you would like to take the Anoka County Historical Society's Haunted Tour, I have included a link to the Eventbrite page.
18 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Anoka, Minnesota (The Hauntings Pt. 1)
What good is it to claim that you are the Halloween Capital of the World if you don't have the spooky stuff to back it up? Anoka has the spooky stuff, folks. This week we will look at two of the most haunted places in Anoka; Colonial Hall (now known as The Big White House) and the Jackson Hotel (now known as Billy's Bar and Grill).Sources. https://www.northstarpress.com/store/p56/_History_and_Hauntings_of_the_Halloween_Capital.htmlAs always many, many thanks to Rebecca Desens and the staff at the Anoka County Historical Society for their assistance with this project.
21 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Anoka, Minnesota (Halloween Capital of the World)
In this episode I take a look at how Anoka, Minnesota became the Halloween Capital of the World. From the very beginning as a way to keep Children from tipping over outhouses to today, 101 years later, this is the premier event of the Autumn for people everywhere. Most of the information for this episode was taken from the book "History and Hauntings of the Halloween Capital of the World" by local write Roxy Orcutt.
16 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Anoka, Minnesota (The Beginning).
My first episode back after a brief mental health break. No more talking about idiots that oppose mask mandates and those who spew garbage information about the number of deaths from the COVID vaccine. No more talking about Christians who cry about being oppressed but have never once had to secretly attend a service in someone's basement because to do so in public would have gotten them arrested and jailed. No more. Not here.Instead I am going to be doing episodes that are fun; hopefully uplifting, perhaps inspirational, quite possibly just plain silly.This week I begin a series about Anoka, Minnesota. Today we talk about it's founding and growth throughout the 19th Century from a log cabin built as a trading post on the banks of the Rum River to it's established reputation as a city of commerce and importance in Minnesota.In following episodes we will talk about how Anoka became the Halloween Capital of The World, and just how haunted this amazing city is. I hope you enjoy the change and, if you are a subscriber, continue to listen, and if you are new here, become a subscriber. Sources:https://www.anokaminnesota.com/352/Historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoka,_Minnesotahttps://anokacountyhistory.org/anokahttps://books.google.com/books/about/History_and_Hauntings_of_the_Halloween_C.html?id=11_-ngEACAAJhttps://www.discoveranoka.com/about-us/about-anoka/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum_Riverhttps://www.nps.gov/miss/riverfacts.htm
19 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
(Not Quite) The End
In this episode I talk about why I am stepping away temporarily. I like politics. I like discussing it. I like arguing about it. But if you are going to do those things, you need to have a common truth to start from and we lack that these days. This has made it difficult for me and has become a hazard to my mental health. To quote the Terminator, "Ah'll be bach." I need to find a theme, or subject that will allow me to continue to bring you stories and conversations without the need for me to research by watching the news, or social media to gather facts. Above all of that, I need to deal with the issues that brought me to this point. I thank you all for the time you've spent listening to me and to all the folks I have had on as guests. I will be back and better than ever. XOXO Mike.Sources:Texas COVID and Kids.MisinformationRep. ClydeVancouver School LockdownSchool Board Threats
25 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
In this episode I go into the Voting Rights Issue, from the "For the People Act", which I talked about in a previous show, to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. I look at how far we have come in voting rights, from 1787 when only white, Anglo-Saxon, male, Protestant land owners could vote to the Supreme Court Case Shelby County v Holder. I also look at claims of fraud or fake news or rigged elections which some in this country are using to stir up violence.America should absolutely have free and fair elections. I am 1,000% behind that idea. But they have to be fair for everyone. What does that look like? It doesn't look like closing several polling stations in a particular county where the majority of the population is Black or Latin. Thank you for listening. Let's talk about it, shall we?Sources:https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdfhttps://ballotpedia.org/Arguments_for_and_against_voter_identification_lawshttps://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/7-signs-voter-suppression-could-be-happening-near-youhttps://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-voting-mail-safe-honest-and-fair-stewarthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_voting_rights_in_the_United_Stateshttps://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/kris-kobach-and-search-mythical-voter-fraud/617069/https://www.heritage.org/voterfraud
28 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Four separate cancer diagnoses since the age of 17. A career in Mental Health Counseling. Four fantasy books written to help tweens with different Mental Health issues (Depression, Grief, etc.). A Life Coach, helping Moms who also happen to be entrepreneurs channel their anxiety into action. My guest this week is almost TOO qualified to speak about mental health, anxiety and surviving the global pandemic. But here we are. I hope you enjoy this episode and get some coping tools to help yourself if you need it. Such a great episode and fantastic guest, Sarah Falk.Her books:Amazon.comSources;Suicide RatesChildhood Depression
24 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Fascists Among Us
A few different events got me to thinking lately. The first was a school board meeting in Tennessee that had medical professionals attend, invited, to explain the need for masks as the schools go back to school safely for the staff and children. As the meeting broke up and the professionals headed for their cars, they were surrounded by angry parents, yelling obscenities and "we'll not comply". Some parents got into the faces of the doctors and nurses and told them, "We know who you are."The second event was my daily copy of "Letters from an American."It is written by Heather Cox Richardson is an American Historian and Boston College professor of history. Letters from an American is a daily newsletter with a rundown of the last day's news, primarily political news, she will discuss it and compare it to other parts of history in the U.S.In this particular issue she is talking about fascism and how politicians use the "street brawlers" (like the anti-Catholic thugs in the 1830's, the KKK in the 1860's and the Union busters of the 1880's).My research was interesting (spoiler alert; did you know there was a plot to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt in 1933??). I hope you enjoy this episode and it sparks a conversation. Please be kind and if you know someone who has been talking about having their home or office windows cleaned, have them see my friend Andy at Kahuna Window Cleaning. Sources; The Fascist GameTrump's Homegrown FascismLetters from an AmericanWikipedia Fascism in North AmericaWikipedia The Wall Street (Business Plot) Great Courses Daily
37 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
We all do it. from the moment we are born, each one of us is moving towards a point in our lives that looks very much like the point we started at. Unable to care for ourselves and dependent on others to help us. My guest on this episode, Julio Briones, has spent much of his adult life in the senior care industry; from recruiting employees for his Mothers' senior care facility at fifteen, to running a consulting group helping other entrepreneurs start and succeed in the senior care industry, his insight and understanding are invaluable.
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