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Episode 97: Mikaela Shiffrin – Speeding to Self Care

Some crazy things going on in the world right now.  It is good to take a mental break and find some inspiration.  You don’t have to change the world, just leave it better than you found it.  Every little bit of hope and love matters.  This week, Amy shares the heartwarming story of a young…

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Episode 96: The Iron Nun – Madonna Buder

Summer is winding down here in Oregon.  Looking forward to some slightly cooler weather.  What isn’t cooling off is the inspiration we are serving up this week.  Amy starts us off with how garbage and waste can be used to make useful items and even beautiful art.  Teresa takes us on a swim-bike-run adventure with…

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Episode 95: Jesse Thistle: Hitting Rock Bottom, Digging Deeper, Then Climbing Out

Everyone has experienced feeling down and getting hit with one more thing.  Imagine your whole life being a continuous downward fall, where you see rock bottom as you pass it by going 100 miles per hour.  That was Jesse Thistle’s life.  How this guy kept surviving is insane!  Learn about how it’s never too late…

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Episode 94 -Renegades and Friends: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

Some fantastic stories this week!  Amy starts off with teens setting up a support network for other teens experiencing mental health crises.  Then she brings the delightful but unexpected pairing of President Barack Obama and rock star Bruce Springsteen.  These two come from very different worlds, but have a shared vision for the United States. …

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Episode 93: Determined to Rise – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Welcome to another week of inspiration!  We have some great stories to top off your inspiration tanks!  Amy starts off with some heartwarming stories about how transformational a simple game of catch can be.  Teresa brings you the incredible story of the rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo, from very humble beginnings in Greece to a power…

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Episode 92: Jenna and Barbara: The Bush Twins Using Sisterhood for Good

August 7th is National Sister’s Day in the US.  We have got some great sister stories in this episode, with Amy doing a deep dive on the Former First Daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush.  The story of the closeness of the sisters is amazing, and even with their careers and young families, these sisters are…

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Episode 91: David Egan – More Alike Than Different

So like much of the world, we are suffering through a heatwave this week.  Every year it is just getting hotter and hotter.  Our planet is on fire (in some places literally).  We need to muster all the positive energy we can so we must seek out the good and the light.  This week, we…

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Episode 90: Suleika Jaouad – Following A Trail of Gratitude

Summer is going full blast!  Well at least here in the Pacific Northwest, and apparently the UK- weird.  Well anyway, it’s hot.  But we do have some fantastic inspiring tales this week.  Teresa starts off with the story of a father that gave his son a gift that was 10 years in the making, and…

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Episode 89: José Andrés – The World’s Front Line Chef

The war in Ukraine still wages on, with countless people dying from the Russian invasion.  Whenever we can, we like to highlight the bright spots in this tragic war.  We have touched on Chef José Andrés before, but this guy deserves a lot more attention.  Amy does a deep dive on this Chef who travels…

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Episode 88: Terra Pacem Wines Interview: Disability, Inclusion, and Wine

So we have something special for you this week- an interview with Amy Lobben, one of the owners of Terra Pacem Winery.  Amy with her husband Andrew Marcus opened Terra Pacem Winery to help provide a place for their developmentally disabled son and other people with intellectual disabilities to have a community.  Besides making delicious…

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Episode 87: Jackie Robinson – Breaking the Color Barrier Part 2

So many dark things taking up everyone’s attention.  It is too easy to be swallowed up in the darkness, so we must seek the light and the hope.  Things can get better and change will come, but we got to make it through to the other side.   Here are some stories that will help…

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Episode 86: Jackie Robinson – Breaking the Color Barrier Part I

Our first 2 part episode!  Not only was Jackie Robinson a superstar baseball player and the first Black major league player, but he was also an important civil rights activist.  There is just too much inspiration to contain in one episode so we are doing it in two.  Amy starts off with a fantastic story…

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Episode 85: Bob Goff – Giving Undistracted Love

Ok- so we did Bob Goff in episode 14, but we find him so inspiring we are doing it again.  And this one we are doing it a little differently.  We are tag-teaming this episode as we discuss Bob’s latest book Undistracted.  This book is all about love and being in the moment with those you…

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Episode 84: Terry Fox – Running to Beat Cancer

Getting back to our regular schedule after a bout of Covid!  Time to bring the inspiration!  Amy leads off with a wonderful story about an amazing surfer with Asperger’s Syndrome who is now sharing his love of surfing with young people with the same condition.  Teresa follows up with the story of Terry Fox, who…

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Episode 83: Upbeat and Uplifting – Jon Batiste

So we had a slight COVID-induced break, but we will be back on schedule soon.  The downtime was just an opportunity to find more and more inspiring people and stories.  This week, Teresa starts us off with Kechi Okwuchi, the Nigerian-American singer who made it as a finalist on America’s Got Talent despite having been…

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Episode 82: Mandisa – A Journey of Faith and Music

2022 is going by so fast- we are already closing out May!  And while there is so much negativity in the news right now- so much pain and death, we need to search for the bright spots.  It is too easy to fixate on the bad of this world and miss all the beauty.  Here…

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Episode 81: Molly – The United Kingdom’s Pet Detective

It’s not only people who can inspire- our furry friends can be a fabulous source of comfort, companionship, love, and yes, inspiration.  We have got some great animal stories in this episode, but first, Teresa kicks it off with two stories about ordinary people doing some extraordinary things to help the people of Ukraine.  Then…

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Jane Goodall: Finding Humanity In Nature

Spring has sprung.  Flowers are in bloom.  And lawns are overgrown.  But inspiration is also blossoming.  Teresa starts off with some quick-hit stories about celebrities who are making a difference for others.  Then Teresa deep dives into the remarkable Jane Goodall, famous for living with the chimps, but has done so much more for the…

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Episode 79: Fred Rogers: The Man Who Taught Kindness in the Neighborhood

Wow- it’s already May.  Just going to jump right in- some truly inspiring stuff happening here.  Teresa starts off with an amazing tale of survival that ends up a love story.  Then Teresa deep dives into the incredible and inspiring life of Jane Goodall, known for living with the chimps, but also a tireless advocate…

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Episode 78: God’s Architect – Antoni Gaudi

It’s already the last week of April- and hopefully, all of the showers we have had will bring lots of flowers next month.  We are serving up some incredible stories that will fill you with inspiration.  First, Teresa brings you the bitter-sweet story of a man, who despite having ALS that has paralyzed him and…

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Episode 77: America’s Stalwart Doctor – Anthony Fauci

We are excited to have just hit 50,000 downloads.  Thank you to our listeners for all the support!  We love our listeners!  This week, we have some fantastic stories to share.  We start off with the mother of an autistic child who is reaching out to other parents about raising children on the spectrum and…

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Episode 76: Audrey Hepburn: Ambassador for the Children

So we are having a very weird week, with snow in April.  Hasn’t happened in Portland since 1934.  So, while we huddle in for the Spring sleet and snow, we bring gifts of inspiration.  Amy tells about a construction company that not only employs people who need a second chance, they also provide temporary lodging…

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Episode 75: The Poetic Powerhouse – Maya Angelou

Happy April!  Let’s dive right in because we have some incredible stories this week.  Amy tells a story about a community in Detroit that is bringing back its neighborhood on their own using the power of the sun and the strength of its women!  You won’t believe how much you don’t know about the incredible…

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Episode 74: Valerie Bertinelli – Self Image Is Not a Number on the Scale

So this week we have some great stories!  We start off with a story that is straight out of a horror story but ends as an incredible tale of forgiveness and giving.  Then Amy deep dives on actress Valerie Bertinelli, who struggled with weight over her decades-long career, going from diet to diet, only to…

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Episode 73: Remy Wines: An Interview About Innovation

Episode 73 is a little different than most of our other episodes.  In this episode, Teresa interviews Remy Drabkin and John Mead.  Remy is the owner of Remy Wines in McMinnville, Oregon, a winery that is on the cutting edge of not only environmental sustainability but also social consciousness.  Remy, with the help of John…

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Episode 72: The Brilliant Shirley Ann Jackson

With the horrors of war going on in Ukraine, everyone can use some inspiration and a little bit of hope.  In the dark, light shines brighter.   Teresa starts off with two great companies that are using different means to help keep homeless people warm.  Then Amy does a deep dive on Shirley Ann Jackson, an…

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Episode 71: Volodymyr Zelenskyy- The Spirit of Ukraine

This past week has been brutal with all the news coming in from Ukraine.  But this is the time we need to find the light in the dark, foster hope, and share our hearts.  Teresa starts with a story of an amazing project that is helping keep waste out of landfills and helping our homeless…

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Episode 70: Trevor Noah – Molded by His Mother

March is here!  And we have another batch of inspirational stories to feed your soul.   First, a dad creates Autcraft for his autistic son to create a safe space for children with autism to play Minecraft.  Then Teresa talks about comedian and Daily Show Host, Trevor Noah’s, difficult childhood in South Africa and how…

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Episode 69: Bravey- Alexi Pappas

Still Black History Month and so we are going to start off with the history-making Olympic athletes: speedskater Erin Jackson and barrier-breaking Debi Thomas.  Then Teresa dives into runner and filmmaker, Alexi Pappas, and her lessons on the importance of mental health.  Amy wraps it up with skier Lindsey Vonn and actress Goldie Hawn who…

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Episode 68: Skinny House – An Uncommon Home History

It’s already the middle of February 2022!  Pandemic time is flying by while seemingly standing still.  Days are getting a little longer, even seeing some buds starting on some trees meaning Spring is just around the corner.  In this episode, Teresa talks about two different ways people are tackling waste in our communities, Amy talks…

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Episode 67: The Princess of the Press Ida B. Wells

February is Black History Month and we are going to share some amazing and inspiring stories to celebrate!   Teresa starts off with the story of Bessie Coleman, the first female black pilot and a pioneer in flight.  Then she brings you Ida B. Wells, virtually a force of nature, she brought much-needed attention to…

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Episode 66: The Author with a Child-Like Heart – Beverly Cleary

Ok- we have been away for a couple of weeks.  Some technical issues on top of Covid has put us a bit behind, but we have so many inspiring stories to get out so we will be playing catch-up.  One of the unfortunate sides of Covid is that we are doing the podcast remotely, so…

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Episode 65: The Humor and Heart of Betty White

Inspiration is in the air.  Amy gives us some quick updates on some of the subjects of prior episodes.  Teresa then goes through the life and passions of the Amazing Betty White, who we lost just a few days ago.  Everyone loves Betty White, and you will love her and be inspired by her even…

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Episode 64: Julie Rodgers – Outlove

Ok.  Just to be upfront, this episode includes puppies in bowties.  PUPPIES IN BOWTIES!  How can you get more adorable than that?  By having a young man sew them to help get pets in shelters adopted.   Our main story is not quite so light, dealing with overcoming the damaging effects of so-called “gay conversion…

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Episode 63: Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule

Our first podcast of 2022!  We are so excited for what the New Year brings!  So much inspiration to be found.  Amy starts off with a fun new cookbook that does not require you to be a great chef to make yummy meals.  It encourages the exploration of food with family.  Then Amy talks about…

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Episode 62: Ringing in the New Year with Julia Childs

Wow- the last week of 2021!  Where has the year gone?  We are finishing 2021 with a bang- three great inspiration stories.  Teresa starts us off with Verônica Silva Hipólito, the amazing para-athlete who has overcome so many challenges but never gives up.  Her story is simply amazing!  Then Amy deep dives on the amazing…

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Episode 61: It’s a Wonderful Life

Yay!  Our first Christmas episode!  The holidays can be filled with so much joy, but they can also be a time people struggle.  This episode is all about finding hope in the holidays and a reminder that everyone makes a difference.  We start off with Amy talking about The Thirteen Gifts, a story of tragedy that…

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Episode 60: Denzel Washington: Planting Seeds

Episode 60!  This is a great episode- so much inspiration to be found.  We start off with a local Portland woman who is helping those in need with scarves for the homeless.  Then Denzel Washington inspires with stories of those mentors who made a difference in a young person’s life.  Finally, there is a medley…

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Episode 59: Tuesdays with Mitch Albom

Some really great stories for you on today’s podcasts.  Amy starts off with the heartwarming story of a young man who uses his Make-a-Wish wish to bring joy to other sick children.  Then there is the story of Mitch Albom of Tuesdays with Morrie fame, and his new book Finding Chika which covers more incredible lessons of love, living,…

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Episode 58: Jacinda Ardern – The Progressive Prime Minister

It’s already December.  The days are rocketing by now and 2022 is just around the corner.  This week we get some updates on previous podcasts, and then Amy tells us how a group of women is fighting the effects of climate change in Bangledash.  Then we learn about the amazing Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of…

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Episode 57: The Inner Beauty of Lizzie Velasquez

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US.  A time when we reflect on our lives and express gratitude for what we have.  We at Tangential Inspiration are thankful to share our stories with you and hope that along the way you find some inspiration that sparks action, hope, and kindness.  This week, we share some…

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Episode 56: The Indivisible Nate Boyer

Just one more week until Thanksgiving.  November is moving fast!  Time to take a moment to slow down, breathe deep, and find some inspiration.  This week, Amy starts off with a contest set up by famous documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, which celebrates hometown pride.  Teresa does a deep dive on Green Beret and football play…

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Episode 55: Sutton Foster – Overcoming Crisis One Craft Project at a Time

Ok- now it is just dark and wet in the Pacific Northwest.  What better time to bundle up inside and get inspired by a podcast.  Let’s get the ball rolling with Vanessa Severo, a Brazillian writer, and actress who is telling the amazing tale of Frieda Kahlo, the famed Mexican artist, on the stage.  Then…

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Episode 54: The Deliciously Generous Paul Newman

November is here.  The leaves are almost all down and in the Pacific Northwest, we are getting ready for a few months of wet and cold weather.  Halloween is over and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is about to start playing non-stop.  Where can you find some inspiration as the weather turns all gloomy?  Right…

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Episode 53: Tig Notaro – the Luckiest Unlucky Person

Just days out before Halloween, Fall is in full swing and here in the Pacific Northwest, when it’s not dumping rain, the trees are gorgeous!   Some great stories for you this week.  Amy tells the story of Club Kindness, an organization that is doing amazing things, that grew out from the love of a…

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Episode 52: John Pavlovitz -Hope is a Superpower

This week we start off with a plethora of inspiring stores- short hits on inspiring people.  Then Teresa talks about the unconventional John Pavlovitz who preaches love and hope as superpowers that we can all use to fight the darkness.  Amy talks about a couple who opens their homes to dozens of college students to…

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Episode 51: Craig Melvin- Breaking the Cycle

We have some fantastic stories for you this week.  We start off with a young (and I mean young) lady, Sofie Cruz, who is standing up for keeping immigrant families intact.  Amy tells the story of Craig Melvin, a news anchor on the Today Show, and how he has broken the cycle of alcoholism in…

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Episode 50: Atticus- The Mighty Little Mountain Dog

Our 50th episode is really great.  First, we have the amazing Betty Soskin- the hundred-year-old National Park Ranger who has been dropping historical truth bombs and challenging the politically correct history for years.  Then there is the heart-warming story of Atticus, the miniature schnauzer who conquered hundreds of mountains with his owner in the name…

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Episode 49: Momma Smash – Serena Williams

We are closing out September and closing in on episode 50!.  This week, we start off with two just amazing stories loosely connected to some amazing food, but directly connected to happy hearts.  These bring the warm fuzzies.  Then it is all about Momma Smash- the amazing indomitable spirit of Serena Williams.  Not only is…

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Episode 48: The Happiest Man on Earth- Eddie Jaku

Fall is definitely in the air in the Pacific Northwest.  We have had some much-needed rain and it certainly is cooling off and getting darker earlier.  And while we will be missing all that sunshine, we can still find the light.  This week, Teresa starts us off with two short stories about young men who…

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Episode 47: The Maverick McCains

It’s already the middle of September, where is the time going?  Amy brings us some incredible cafes that are doing a lot more than serving coffee- they are serving hope and kindness.  Teresa shares some really inspiring stories about John and Cindy McCain and their unique way of navigating life and politics where the focus…

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Episode 46: The High Flying Simone Biles

So September is our mental health awareness month, and many of our stories will feature people overcoming mental health issues or raising awareness of this important, but often not talked about issue.  We start off with a 3rd-grade teacher who has incorporated singing as a way to increase math test performance and journaling to help…

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Episode 45: Checking In with Michelle Williams

We have a few Olympic hold-overs, starting off with the Special Olympics Athletes finally getting the same financial rewards as Olympic Athletes for medaling and the heart-warming s story of Polish Olympian, Maria Andrejczyk.  This one may make you cry a few happy tears.  Amy brings in our theme this month with mental health awareness…

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Episode 44: David Chang’s Momofuku

As we move into September, we are going to do a few stories on mental health and mental health awareness.  Mental health is a huge issue worldwide and more needs to be done to help those who are suffering as well as more intervention to help prevent mental illness and eliminate the stigma of mental…

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Episode 43: The Unsinkable Refugee- Yusra Mardini

The Olympics may be over, but August is still our Olympics month, and there is still some inspiration to be squeezed out of the Games. Teresa starts off with the compelling story of the world’s fastest blind man and his amazing running partner. Then Teresa introduces us to a teenage refugee who risked her life…

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Episode 42: The Relentless Missy Franklin

So the Olympics have come to a close.  We were definitely inspired by so many of the Olympic stories, both past and present.  This episode is CRAMMED with inspiring athletes.  First, though, Teresa tells the tale of Grandma Gatewood, who in her mid-sixties, hiked the 2,050 mile Appalachian Trail on her own, and followed it…

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Episode 41: Skating Legend Scott Hamilton

The Olympics are still going strong, and so is our passion to inspire!  Amy brings us two short stories- Dinner in White and a 96-year-old nurse who just retired after caring for who knows how many thousands of patients.  Teresa sticks with our Olympic Theme with former Olympic Gold Medalist, Scott Hamilton, who is still…

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Episode 40: Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her Special Olympics

The Olympics are still going strong and so is the inspiration.  Teresa starts of with Anthill Creations, a non-profit making playgrounds out of upcycled materials in the poorest parts of India.  Next up is a deep dive on Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who despite many family tragedies, focused on improving the lives of special needs individuals…

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Episode 39: Ibtihaj Muhammad – The Faithful Fencer

We are still focused on the Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to start on July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.  First, Amy starts off with some hometown heroes in Portland, Oregon who are making a difference in their community by helping others.  Then Amy shares the amazing story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, a US Olympic fencer who…

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Episode 37: The Blazing Fast Wilma Rudolf

Amy and Teresa have Olympic Fever this week.  As we approach the 2001 Summer Olympics, we look towards current and past athletes for some inspiration.  At the starting block is the My Hero Project, which highlights extraordinary people making a difference.  Lapping the competition is the inspiring story of Black Olympian and the first woman…

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Episode 36: Thirsty Scott Harris

Despite the heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest right now, this episode is a bit damp.  We start off with Amy telling us about surfers getting together to help bring clean water to the world.  Then there is a deep dive on Scott Harrison, a nightclub promoter who turned his talents to bringing water to Africa. …

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Episode 36: Thirsty Scott Harrison

Despite the heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest right now, this episode is a bit damp.  We start off with Amy telling us about surfers getting together to help bring clean water to the world.  Then there is a deep dive on Scott Harrison, a nightclub promoter who turned his talents to bringing water to Africa. …

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Episode 35: The Heart of Team Hoyt

What a great week!  Amy tells us about Arielle Estoria, spokeswoman, model and poet.  You need to see this woman rhyme.  Teresa talks about Team Hoyt, an inspiring story of a dad’s love for his son, and their amazing race career.  Teresa also talks about former president, George W. Bush’s amazing book of portraits and…

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Episode 34: Bishop Michael Curry

June is full swing- everything is blooming, a bit more sun, and school is finishing up.  Father’s Day is this month so we are celebrating Father’s for the month of June.  Amy starts off with the website www.allprodad.com which is helping give fathers more ways to connect with their kids.  Also in this episode, Teresa…

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Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies Recipe

In Episode 33, Amy talks about making Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies with her daughter. We were lucky enough to get to try these yummy cookies. You can taste why Laura Bush’s cookies finally dethroned Hilary Clinton’s chocolate chip cookies as the best First Lady bake-off recipe. Oats, coconut, pecans – this cookie has it all….

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Episode 33: Michael J. Fox

Photo: Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox testified before a Senate Committee about the importance of funding to combat Parkinson’s Disease. What a great week for inspiration!   Amy deep dives on the unstoppable Michael J. Fox, who stays optimistic despite his fight against Parkinson’s Disease.  Teresa talks about “Jeff’s Camp” which will help get homeless…

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Episode 32: The Peacebunny Island Interview- Caleb Smith

Our first interview episode!  And its with the owner of Peacebunny Island, Caleb Smith, who Amy first discussed in Episode 17.  For those not familiar, Peacebunny Island is an actual island, where Caleb Smith raises bunnies to be used for birthday parties, schools, old folks’ homes, and even as comfort animals following tragedies like school…

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Episode 31: Jon and Tracey Stewart

Closing out May and just in time for Memorial Day, Teresa deep dives on comedian and former Daily Show Host, Jon Stewart, and his fight for health care for the heroes of 9/11.  He of course is supported by Tracey Stewart, his wife, and an amazing animal activist on her own.  Additionally, Teresa covers an…

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Episode 7: Melissa Stockwell Show Notes

March is National Women’s Month, so this the first episode focusing on inspiring stories about amazing women, not that Claudette, Amanda and Kamala aren’t amazing women in their own right (See Episodes 1, 2 and 4). Here’s what we cover this week: Amy brings us the Mask Tree Lady who is surprising people with handmade…

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Episode 30: Erin French – The Comeback Chef

Episode 30!  Can’t believe we are already here.  Inspiration abounds!  Amy does a deep dive on Chef Erin French, who despite some pretty major setbacks, she fought to get her son and her restaurant back only to become a world-renowned dinner destination that gets so many reservation requests, she has to hold a lottery.  Then…

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Episode 29: Alecia Moore – PINK!

May is still Mother’s Month here at Tangential Inspiration.  We are focusing on moms who do amazing things- and few moms rock more than Alecia Moore, better known as Pink!  Teresa does her deep dive on this musical powerhouse as she is a mother and a role model for her kids.  Amy also covers a…

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Episode 28: The Legacy of Princess Diana

During May we are celebrating awesome moms who are making a difference in the world, not just for their kids, but for everyone.  A lot of people know the image of Princess Diana, but not the substance of her compassionate, giving heart.  Amy discusses how Diana the mother, passed those qualities down to her sons,…

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Episode 27: The Daring Irena Sendler

All month during the month of May, we are going to focus on stories of moms that have done spectacular things or have made great impacts on our world.  This week, Teresa does a deep dive on Irena Sendler.  Never heard of her?  Well, you need to change that.  This remarkable mom saved 2,500 infants…

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Mother’s Day Canned Food Drive Recap

On this past Mother’s Day, we held our first of what we hope to be many, Tangential Inspiration Food Drive. Since single mothers are particularly hit hard by food scarcity, we thought Mother’s Day would be an appropriate day. We got donations from a number of people and we wanted to thank all those who…

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Episode 26: The Mother of The Modern Mastectomy

Happy Mother’s Day!  We hope that you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.  We know for some of you it is a hard day- and we would love to hear from you about your mothers too.  This week’s episode is of course mother centered.  But first, Amy talks about some little tidbit stories highlighting how so…

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Episode 25: Laura Bush

May is about Mothers and Mother’s Day!  We will be focusing on amazing mothers with inspiring stories.  Starting off this week, it’s Teresa with Malahi Abidi’s fun and vivid art that celebrates women who are trendsetters, visionaries, activists, and trailblazers.  Amy does an overview of the incredible and inspiring life of former First Lady, Laura…

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Episode 24: Butterfly, Protector of the Forest

So this is our longest episode yet, but that is because it is full of great stories of inspiration.  It’s Earth Month, so we will be continuing to focus on stories related to helping our planet.  First off, is Edgar McGreggor, who single-handedly has cleaned a 192-acre park.  Then Amy tells the fascinating story of…

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Tangential Inspiration Food Drive

For Mother’s Day, we thought we would help our community by organizing a food drive to support our local area. Why on Mother’s Day you might ask? Good question. But there is a good answer, too. Food insecurity is a major problem throughout the world and in the U.S. Food insecurity is a lack of…

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Our Friday for the Future Protest

So last Friday, inspired by Greta Thunberg (see Episode 17), we held our first of what may be many Friday for the Future protests outside the downtown library (that was the location, we weren’t protesting the library). We held signs, waved at cars, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. Below we have some pictures and…

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Episode 23: The Shark Whisperer- Cristina Zenato

This week Teresa and Amy talk about a 70-year-old rower who traveled 3,000 miles to help people with Alzheimer’s, Cristina Zenato who reaches into the mouths of wild sharks to help them out (plus lots of shark facts), and two companies that are helping the environment while making cool and fashionable products.  Plus Teresa and…

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The Train Track Hero in India

So this isn’t a story on our podcast, mainly because it requires some visuals to really appreciate the heroics of the situation. Originally, I saw the video related to Mayur Shelke risking his own life to rescue a six-year-old boy who had fallen off a railroad platform and onto the tracks in front of an…

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Episode 6: Shaun T. – Show Notes

Episode 6 is the source of one of our new favorite sayings about having a huge windshield (looking forward) and a tiny rearview mirror (looking back). Your focus should be on where you are going, but you should remember where you have been. Here is what we covered in Episode 6: Amy talks about the…

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Episode 22: The Crocodile Hunter

A police dog that consoles victims of tragedy, a man who lovingly wrestled crocodiles, and a bunch of angry moms taking on air pollution- what more could you want?  Amy kicks off with Officer Clarence, a St. Bernard, police K9 who comforts people after tragedy strikes.  Teresa dives deep into the croc-infested waters that gave…

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Episode 21: Rachel Carson

This week Amy tells us about Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams start a free grocery store and foodservice feeding thousands each month.  Then Amy tells the incredible story of scientist and nature writer Rachel Carson whose writings help lead to modern chemical and environmental regulations.  And finally, Teresa talks about the dangers of plastic waste…

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What Food Banks Need

Tangential Inspiration is planning its own neighborhood food drive in Beaverton, Oregon for Mother’s Day 2021. In setting up this food drive we have done some research on what food banks actually want and need. We all remember from school canned food drives, that people like to give garbanzo beans, corn, and string beans. Not…

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Episode 20: Emily Penn

April is Earth Month and we are still celebrating with inspirational stories of people making an impact on our planet.  Our first story is about a persuasive grade-schooler who is going to get pockets for young girls.  Amy does a deep dive on Emily Penn, who besides being a totally girl-power explorer, is a true…

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Episode 19: Wangari Maathai

We are celebrating April as Earth Month on Tangential Inspiration.  In this episode, we announce the launch of our website, TangentialInspiration.com, Amy tells us about a teen on a mission to rid the ocean of an unexpected pollutant- golf balls; Teresa does her deep dive on Wangari Maathai, an African woman who has taught generations of…

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Episode 5: Marcus Samuelsson- Show Notes

It’s February and Black History Month on Tangential Inspiration. Here’s what’s in Episode 5: Do you ever wonder what baked goods have to do with the Civil Rights Movement? Well, wonder no longer, as Amy tells the tale of how pie sales helped fund the Civil Rights Movement, particularly raising money to help with the…

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Episode 4: Kamala Harris- Show Notes

Its our fourth episode, and we are starting to get things together. We have our audio issues sorted out. Still a bit nervous, but so excited to talk about Kamala Harris, and frankly a lot about Kamala Harris’ mom. Here’s what’s in the show: The sweet story of Michael Gardner, a single dad who sews…

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Episode 3: John Lewis – Show Notes

This show was done in February of 2021, during Black History Month. No Black History Month can be complete without discussing the civil rights powerhouse, John Lewis. We had to cover Senator Lewis and his many accomplishments. We are still “finding our sound” in this one, but the heart of John Lewis will inspire you….

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Episode 2: Amanda Gorman- Show Notes

This one is still a bit rough. It’s Episode 2, and we are still having audio issues and are really nervous. However, Amanda Gorman is AMAZING! You really need to hear about this awesome young woman. Here is what we covered in this episode: The remarkable story behind Bernie Sander’s Inauguration Mittens. 00:27 The amazingly…

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Episode 1: Claudette Colvin- Show Notes

Our first episode, and it shows. We were very nervous. Neither of us had ever done a podcast, let alone much public speaking. The audio is a bit wonky on this, our nerves are showing, but we get better over time. Thankfully we have gotten better. Its still worth a listen. In this show, we…

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Check out our Inspiration Links

Our Inspiration Links page is up and running. Take a look at links featured in our podcasts to find some fantastic organizations and ways to help others. It’s a great way to learn about how you can get involved with some great causes or donate as a powerful and important way to impact change. Maybe…

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Earth Month

April is Earth Month, where we turn our focus on stories about people and groups helping the natural world. Whether it is cleaning up garbage, planting a forest, or highlighting the danger of climate change, we will be featuring planet earth heroes. Everybody can do their part. Get educated, get a plan, and get out…

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Episode 18: The Kindness Diaries

This week we are taking a look at not only a story about one man’s struggle against plastic garbage in India and figuring out what the heck “plogging” is, but we are focusing on kindness.Our deep dive is about Leon Logothetis and his trip around the world relying only on the kindness of strangers, and…

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Episode 17: Greta Thunberg

Welcome to April, Earth Month.  This month we are focusing on inspiring stories of people and organizations that help nature and our environment or put focus on the critical issues that impact our planet.  Big and small- everyone can do something.  This week our main story is the Swedish firecracker that is Greta Thunberg, a…

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Episode 16: Lady Gaga

As we close out March, National Women’s Month, we cover the musical phenomenon, Lady Gaga, and her mission to spread kindness and acceptance for those with mental illness.  Also, we take a quick look at a mom who is trying to remove the stigma associated with mental illnesses through theater and a millionaire who is…

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Episode 15: Eleanor Roosevelt

This week we dive into Eleanor Roosevelt, an amazing First Lady and just an overall feisty and intelligent woman.  There are also the inspirational stories of Sister Jean, the 101 year-old Basketball Nun and Wesley Hamilton, who is Disabled, But Not Really.  These people are guaranteed to inspire you, or your money back.

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Episode 14: Bob and Maria Goff

Inspiration abounds!  In this episode, Amy and Teresa talk about a group in Oregon building shelters for the homeless; Bob and Maria Goff’s incredible passions, love, and whimsy; and stories of how food can make such a huge impact for those in need.

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Episode 13: Amazing Women of Basketball

We are still in our celebration of National Women’s Month and we have some great stories about women who have overcome barriers to do amazing things in normally male-dominated arenas.  There is Kim Ng, the first woman to be the general manager for a Major League Baseball team.  Next, there is a plethora of stories…

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Episode 12: The Black Mambas

Okay, we are still on National Women’s Month.  This week we are teaming up some amazing women and we have a bunch of animals thrown in as well.  Teresa and Amy discuss an Elephant woman, the fierce female Black Mamba rangers of Africa, the first female NFL referee, and as a bonus, the story of…

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Episode 11: Melinda Gates

It’s still March and we are still celebrating amazing women doing great things in the world.  Our inspiring stories this week are awesome Pandemic Volunteers, the crusading philanthropist Melinda Gates, and the compelling story of the founder of Breaking Cycles.

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Episode 10: Dolly Parton

We are so excited about National Women’s Month.  This week, we have some hopeful stories about kids providing help and hope in the time of COVID-19, the shining light that is Dolly Parton (even if you don’t like country music, you will love her), and the World Reader organization, spreading reading all over the world.

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Episode 9: Kelly Clarkson

Continuing our National Women’s Month Theme, Teresa and Amy talk about DoSomething.org which gets kids involved in helping others and the earth, the amazing Kelly Clarkson charitable generosity, and Mariah Taylor an 81 year-old dynamo.

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Episode 8: Bethany Hamilton

National Woman’s Month continues with inspiring women doing amazing things.  Teresa and Amy start off with the Birthday Cake Lady spreading joy, professional surfer and all-around badass Bethany Hamilton, and the Beautifully Flawed Liv Stone.

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Episode 7: Melissa Stockwell

March is National Women’s Month and we are kicking it off with three inspiring ladies.  Amy and Teresa will start off with the Mask Tree Lady, followed by the amazing story of paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell, and the ambitious Keah Brown.

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Episode 6: Shaun T.

Amy and Teresa continue to dig for stories that provide hope and inspiration.  This week it is the notOK app, fitness trainer Shaun T., and Bikers Against Child Abuse. 

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Episode 5: Marcus Samuelsson

This week our inspiring stories are about Civil Rights Pies, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, and a KFC Guardian Angel.

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Episode 4: Kamala Harris

February has been Black History Month, full of inspiring Black role models and inspiring stories.  This week we have a Sewing Dad, the first woman to become Vice President, and a Breast Cancer Box that may help thousands detect breast cancer early.

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Episode 3: John Lewis

Another episode celebrating Black History Month!  This week, Amy and Teresa talk about the F.E.A.R. running group, civil rights icon John Lewis, and Black Equestrians.

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Episode 2: Amanda Gorman

Continuing our Black History Month theme, we are discussing Bernie Sander’s Inaugural Mittens, Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, and illustrator and animator Christian Robison.

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Episode 1: Claudette Colvin

Our first podcast!  And it shows a bit.  The sound is a bit wonky and we are very nervous, but still, lots of inspiration to be had.   Amy and Teresa discuss a Gamestop Stock Good Samaritan, Claudette Colvin (the inspiration for Rosa Parks), and author Phillip Hoose.

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Finding Inspiration

Let’s face it, with all that is going on in the world, it is sometimes hard to find something to inspire us. There is such a constant bombardment of negative news, finding the light in all that darkness can be difficult. We created this podcast as our little project to find the light, to find…

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