Debbie Little is president of the local VFW. She shares about her involvement and the needs of our local vets. She also is involved in many more community outreaches, one of which is the volunteer coordinator at Providence Hospital where she was able to introduce Ziggy, a therapy sheep-a-doodle to patients and staff.
Sophia grew up in Tanzania in a household with her five siblings, where taking in guests and those in need was a way of life. Living in the country taught her to garden, and care for farm animals.
She talks about school there, where one has to choose three subjects which will determine your future path.
She was able to receive a diversity visa to come to the United States to study to become a pharmacist. This visa is given by lottery.
She lived with her cousin in Virginia and was so surprised to see how many roads there were, especially that they were paved.
She chose pharmacy because she thought she could make a difference.
Dierdre Whitehead spent a number of years in Alaska where she and her husband were bush pilots- delivering mail, groceries, things that were need in the back countries and islands.
They spotted for herring, which could sometimes be a bit nerve-wracking.
As an employee with the newspaper, she worked in the darkroom, developing
photos. An art that might be long gone since everything is now digital.
Her passion, though, was when she discovered Brain Integration and how to administer it to alleviate attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and more.
Links for more information:
Prescott Brain Integration
A Revolutionary Way of Thinking Dr Charles Krebs
Bunny Keterman has worked as a firefighter, worked with child protective services and survived the Paradise fire but lost her home,
She has PTSD.
She also has fibermyalgia and chronic fatigue.
But she strongly believes that people do have a choice in how you think and act even in the most horrible of situations.
LINKS: Bunny's blog, which chronicles the above is called the absurdess
Shaelyn Bangs is 13 years old and wants her voice to be heard as a proponent of pediatric mental health.
As someone who has lived with anxiety most of her life, she has had to learn to navigate the mental health services available to her.
It took three years for her to receive the care she needed.
As a dancer, she has won numerous awards.
Her goal is to get an engineering degree so she can make robots to send to NASA.
Today’s guest is Debbie Hazen, a long time Clatskanie, Oregon resident. She grew up in a family of newspaper reporters and later became owner and editor of the Clatskanie Chief.
She has always loved being involved in her small town community, volunteering and she doesn’t let anything stop her to make things happen- even while raising triplets.
As a long-lost relative of the Birkenfelds, she was able to access funds to restore the old event center and later to restore and manage the Flippin Castle.
This woman knows a lot of history!
Kelsey Balensifer got her degree in journalism and first job in Washington DC.
That's when she met a friend on Twitter who led her to the Pacific Northwest and
eventually became her husband.
She was the event director at the
Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.
One event was planning the Great Columbia Crossing and all that goes with it including coordinating with ODOT, local hospitality, advertising and weather reports.
Her current passion is with the Friends of the
Are you a nature lover? Interested in helping injured wildlife? This interview with Kari Henningsgaard, interim director of the Wildlife center of the North Coast tells all about the center, volunteering and summer camps.
Crissy Christian is a mom to two adopted kiddos who have grown into amazing humans.
She also fosters dogs to give them confidence and security to become members of new families.
Sara Rea, my oldest daughter has had a number of career choices throughout the years.
Covid and life situations caused her to seek something completely different— Long haul truck driving!
Only 1% of drivers are women- welcome to a men's world.
She's found that it isn't anything a gal isn't fit to do....
Time to reflect
Who wouldn't want to pursue that??
Soriah Curtis grew up as one of seven children.
Her dad had been a marine and they moved a number of times.
Being from an abusive family drove her to excel in everything-
soccer, gymnastics and academics.
She spent her junior year of high school as an exchange student to Denmark,
an experience which turned out to be anything but what she expected.
She returned to a downward spiral until she found out she could join the
reserves, where she once again excelled.
She has now found meaning with a group of young adults.
Outdoor Photograph and Product Design
Today's guest is Kim Rose Adams.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced her to move and find other opportunities.
She was able to take advantage of reduced college costs in Oregon for refugees and finished her photography degree at Oregon State University.
She currently works as a full time photographer and in her spare time
volunteers at the Wildlife Center of the North Coast where she cares for
and photographs wild birds.
Amanda Rohne has lived in Brownsmead, Oregon since
when she married Dirk Rohne and became a dairy farmer's wife.
She is the mother of two.
She spent the first two years of her life living in her parents' mortuary and later became a mortician.
She organized the Scandinavian festival
She is currently coordinating all events at the Brownsmead Grange.
Leslie Grelle spent five years in Italy, learning Italian, and training horses.
When she returned to the US she began riding classes for:
Native American youth
Inner city kids
Oregon Council of Hispanic Advancement
Oregon Advocacy Commission Office
She moved to California and started horsemanship experiences for the blind
Coachella Valley Braille Institute
Travel in Israel with Omri
Amy Miles was adopted as a premature infant.
After she was married and held her babies in her arms she wondered if she could
find her birth mother so she could thank her for giving her up for adoption.
Things didn't turn out as planned.
What she found out rocked her world.
Melissa Ohden Survived an Attempt on her Life
17,855 babies have survived an abortion since 1973
600 survivors have been connected through Abortion Survivors Network.
The mission is to create a world where the incidence of failed abortions and the lives of survivors is openly discussed and accepted, and survivors and their families are supported and healed.
If you, or someone you know, is a survivor, there is help and hope at abortionsurvivors.org
Summer Spell graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Global Studies. She spent a semester in Uganda staying with a host family. She did an internship with elderly farmers who were struggling agains poverty. She listened to stories from 80-90 year olds. They talked a lot about the changes in the weather patterns since they were young. It used to be predictable, to the day, but in the last decade, the pattern has fallen apart. The sun was getting harsher on their crops.
She participated in creating a documentary about these people and the effects.
CLICK for link to the documentary trailer
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Story of More by Hope Jahren
The Biggest LIttle Farm documentary
Podcast How to Save the Planet
Born in 1938, Charlotte Langsev's history began in Koenigsberg, East Prussia, where her mom was born.
Her dad was in the army for Kaiser Wilhelm before the First World War.
They moved from there, to Germany, to Blumenau, Brazil, to Edmonton, Canada and finally to Brownsmead, Oregon.
She tells of growing up in Brownsmead, the first school and family history.
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