Tangential Inspiration News

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Be Kind 21 Follow Up

As I have talked about on the podcast and in another post, I am trying to do my Be Kind 21 list in April. I was inspired by Lady Gaga’s (Episode 16) Be Kind campaign, as just little ways that you can make the world better. Lady Gaga’s official 21-day campaign is in September each…

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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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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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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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A little word of inspiration. . .

“You cannot save people, you can just love them.”  — Anaïs Nin

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See our Featured Book section.

We are happy to announce we have launched a Feature Book section on our website. During our inspirational searches, we read a lot. . . A LOT. . . of books. Often we talk about these books during the podcast. Our Featured Book section makes it easy to find these books. You can even preview…

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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 17 & 18 Are Posted

Episode 17: Gretta Thunberg and Episode 18: The Kindness Diaries have been posted and we are very excited about them. Its April and we are celebrating Earth Month, so some of our stories of inspiration have an environmental theme. We love nature and believe that it is absolutely vital that we act now to help…

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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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