Episode #6 Connie Erickson’s Guatemalan Artisan Sale

This interview was special to me since it was a recorded phone call with my mentor, “adoptive mom,” and “homie,” Connie Erickson.  I mentioned Connie in my last episode as my 6th grade teacher.  She is one of the most generous people I know, so I enjoyed speaking with her about her Guatemalan Artisan Sale that’s coming up on November 23rd and 24th at her home.

Connie discusses her inspiration, as a young 12 year-old girl, to want to learn about the people of Guatemala from reading John Stephens’ books.

She talked about the amazing and magnificent kites that were flown on the Day of the Dead in Sumpango, Guatemala.

We also chatted about Common Hope which is a wonderful organization that helps Guatemalan children and their families.

This is the flyer Connie created for the upcoming sale she is having:

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Here are some of those photos of their most recent trip to Guatemala:

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If you would be interested in contacting Connie and helping provide any sort of support to the people in Guatemala, you can email her at:    abuelos2@q.com

Thank you to all of the wonderful people, like Connie, who support families and people in other countries who really need and appreciate the help!  Also, a big thank you ahead of time (and for the past) to those who buy jewelry, textiles, etc. from Connie’s sales to help generate money for the people in Guatemala.

If you have any troubles with downloading the podcast to your computer, tablet, or smart phone, please don’t hesitate to email me!

Lastly, I’d also like any emails from people sharing messages of generosity I can share on Friday’s show.

Thank you all again for doing the work you do to make the world a better place!!!

You can now listen to the podcast on Stitcher Radio!  

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Episode #5 Help Ban The R-Word with Roxanne Riggio

Thank you for the interview, Roxanne Riggio!  YOU ROCK!

In this interview you’ll hear from a woman named Roxanne Riggio and her mom, Patty, as they share Roxie’s message of banning the R-word.  She strongly feels that people should stop using the R-word as it’s very hurtful to people with developmental delays or cognitive impairment. In this podcast episode she shares some of the struggles she went through (as an individual with ADHD and cognitive impairments herself) and why she’s insisting we all stop using the R-word.  I hope more than anything you listen to her message and share with others the importance of banning the r-word.

Are you ready to make a pledge to stop using the R-word?  

You can join the Facebook Group she started to Help Ban the R-word today!  (click the link)

Another way to support Roxanne’s campaign is to buy a t-shirt!

If you would like to learn more about Eastern Michigan University’s Best Buddies Program I encourage you to do so. Also, if you’re interested in the Special Olympics program, visit their website

You can watch a presentation by Roxanne at YouTube where she shares her inspiring story.

Please answer honestly:

Thank you for supporting Roxanne’s campaign and for listening to Generosity Philosophy Podcast.

Remember to let me know via email who you know that’s generous so we can give them thanks on the FANtastic Friday shows!  I can’t thank them if I don’t know about them, right?  

Thanks To The Volunteers!

Thank you to all of those who came out to volunteer at Green Acres Farm Sanctuary!

It was wonderful to see over 20 people helping to make the farm a better place for those wonderful animals.

Here are some photos from today:

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Episode #3 with Tina Crow of Green Acres Farm Sanctuary

In this show I met with Tina Crow, Co-Founder & President of Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, in Silverton, Oregon.  She and I sat outside of the large, beautiful barn, on the farm while we conducted this interview.  I apologize that at times the wind picked up, an airplane flew over head, etc.  I wanted the you to feel as though you are sitting there with us and hearing those sounds along with us.

This farm is amazing and the animals each have such wonderful stories behind how they were rescued and ended up safe and well cared for at Green Acres with Tina.  She tells us a couple of those stories during this episode.  At the  Green Acres Website there are even more stories you can read all about the animals.  They have more information about how you can sponsor an animal, come volunteer at a work party, and other ways to support their organization.

You hear us talk about Houdini in this episode.  

Here is a photo of this special goat:

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We also talked about a goose with an injured neck.

Here he is strutting his stuff:

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Tina explained to me what an isolation barn is, and here’s a photo of one:

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Puddle, the 3-legged goat, was probably one of my favorite animals at the farm.  He’s such a sweetheart.

Meet Puddle:

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The puppies were way to fast for me to catch a photograph of, and they have since moved on to be adoptable at Safe Haven Humane Society. 

Tina mentions an organization called START that helps rescue animals, and you can click the word “Start” to view their website.

Here are a few other photos I took of the animals…

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You heard (if you listened to the podcast) Tina and I discussing a great opportunity to go volunteer for a “work party” out at the farm.  The next “work party” is Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10am-12 noon.  My family will be there and I’d absolutely be so grateful if some of you who live here locally can come meet us out there to also pitch in!

There’s no greater feeling in the world than to make others happy and knowing you helped make a difference for others. In this case both other people, and animals!

Please “like” Green Acres Farm Sanctuary on Facebook to continue spreading the word about this great organization.

Additionally, the next fundraiser will be the second Sunday of December, on 12/8/13.  You can tour the sanctuary and enjoy refreshments from 11:00am-4pm.  They will be selling Christmas trees and wreaths!  You can find more details about that at www.greenacresfarmsanctuary.org

With so many ways you can help out, I hope you do!  Thanks for supporting the Generosity Philosophy podcast.

It’s Launching in just a couple of days! Episode #1 of Generosity Philosophy

Well, everybody it’s almost here!  I’ve gone from realizing what I was “born to do” to making that dream come true within just two weeks.  Insane?  Maybe, but that’s the beauty of it.  

Generosity Philosophy Podcast is going to be available to listen to on Friday, November 1st, 2013 and I’ll be sure to update you all with how you can download and listen to it!  Thanks so much to all of you who have already gone to the Generosity Philosophy Facebook page at www.facebook.com/generosityphilosophy 

The goal is to reach 100 likes on Facebook by Friday.  Will that goal be met?  Just a couple more days to find out….