Inspiration

We find inspiration all over the place, and when we do, we put it here.  Enjoy.

The Benefits of Volunteering

It’s a given that volunteering makes a difference in the lives of others, but we don’t always consider the benefits of volunteering. It has been shown to lower stress, help keep us physically and mentally active and possibly lower our mortality rate. The health benefits of volunteering regardless of the type of volunteer job are…

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Human Rights Are Not Special Rights

June is Pride Month, where the LGBTQ community celebrates each other and the diversity of their community. It is “Pride Month” because it is a time where people should celebrate their uniqueness rather than feel shame for what some elements of society believe is immoral. It is a time to stand together. It is a…

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10 Ways to Help Our Veterans

Military veterans sacrifice a lot to serve our country. They not only fulfill combat roles, defending our country, but they play roles in disaster relief and humanitarian aid. They are away from their families, often in less than ideal conditions, not to mention the dangers that their service may expose them to. Our military personnel…

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Teen Returns Lost Memories

Shane Jones is a sixteen-year-old Sophomore in Rhode Island. Like many other teens, Shane’s hobby is collecting things. He likes to collect coins, bottles, and small metal trinkets. Shane frequented garage and yard sales, looking for small antiques to add to his collection. For him, it was a treasure hunt. When the pandemic struck, yard…

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Let’s Not Forget

I hear people say Happy Memorial Day here in the US, and I kind of get why. For many, Memorial Day is a day off work to hang out with friends, maybe have a barbeque (hopefully with vaccines, masks and social distancing), and that in itself is important. For many, it is the unofficial kick-off…

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Vindon Vineyard- Something Special

So in Episode 30, Amy shared with us about Vindon Vineyard in Newberg, Oregon, and its new President Tiquette Bramlett, the first Black woman to be president of a winery in a major US wine region. Set up on a hillside right in the middle of Oregon Wine Country, this boutique winery and tasting room…

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Bridgetown Sack Lunches

On May 30, 2021, Teresa and I are getting together to assemble some sack lunches for the homeless. Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, gathers sack lunches assembled by volunteers and distributes them to the less fortunate through Because People Matter to local soup kitchens and shelters in the Portland area. These lunches make a big…

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10-Year-Old Chess Master Learned to Play While Homeless

I am not a chess player. In fact, I find chess pretty boring. My sons have all played chess, but never on a competitive level. I know it is a very intellectual game and requires a tremendous amount of strategy. Me, I’d rather play a party game like Telestrations or Codenames, where without fail, everyone…

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How to Give a Compliment

Ok, the focus of this podcast is about inspiring people. It’s about finding that something that makes you want to do your part in making the world a better place. However, one of the points that we try to make, time and time again, is that it doesn’t always have to be some grand plan…

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Pain: A different view.

My husband’s favorite author is Jim Butcher. He is an urban fantasy writer, so not my thing at all. Butcher has a couple of series and my husband has read them all, several times. He even got my oldest to read both series. His favorite series by Jim Butcher is called the Dresden Files. From…

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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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What Does “Inspire” Mean?

Our podcast throws around the word “inspire” and “inspiration” a lot. Like really a whole lot. All the time. What does it really mean? If you look at the dictionary definitions you will get something like this: To spur on or exert influence. His passion for reading made me pick up a book and read…

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What is “Plogging”?

So you may have heard Amy and I talking about “plogging”. We talked a bit more about this in Episode 18, but we have mentioned it enough in April that I thought I would define it a bit more and share some pictures. Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up garbage. The word…

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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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Teresa’s Be Kind 21 List

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s Be Kind 21 campaign, I was impatient and decided to get a jump start on this in April, rather than wait until September. In all honesty, I will probably do it in September with Lady Gaga, too. Here is my list for this month. I have done a few of these…

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Follow Up- Dolly Parton’s Ice Cream

In Episode 10, I talked about the spitfire of kindness that is Dolly Parton. In Episode 15, I followed up with a story about how Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was making a Dolly Parton created flavor, Strawberry Pretzel Pie, to help support Dolly’s book charity Imagination Library. Imagination Library mails out books each month for…

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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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