moving the podcast – interview from November 6, 2013
I don’t see my parents as much since they retired and moved a couple of hours away. So when I got the rare chance to spend an afternoon with my mom, I asked if she’d talk with me for the podcast. I wanted to hear about when she was growing up. Among other things, we talked about kids running freely all over the neighborhood, not keeping your front doors locked, and how things today are different and somehow still the same. I don’t ask enough about my parent’s histories, and this was a fun chat for me, getting to hear new stories and getting some of what I thought I knew cleared up a bit.
“I would not want to be a young adult or a young teenager again. But I would go back and be a kid again. Especially if I could pull up more of the memories of being a kid again, if I could just restore those memories.”
0:00 ~ surprised by retirement
3:10 ~ What was it like when you were a little girl?
9:50 ~ working parents and chores
14:30 ~ switches and wooden spoons and whatever was handy
18:50 ~ fathers, alcoholism, fish fries, and knowing your neighbors
26:35 ~ childhood memories (like sneaking out, stealing cherries, and chaining up your sister)
moving the podcast – interview from October 30, 2013
Matt has a great blog that you should check out, and I’ve linked some of his posts below to help you get to know him a little better over there. Meanwhile, take a listen as he talks to me about not being “one of those types of pastors”, how his family grew from one to four children in the course of five months, and how he’s so tall he once impaled his head on a coat hook. We also have a great chat about the benefits and challenges of communicating through the written word.
“Yes, He called me to be a pastor, but I’m not just that.”
0:00 ~ not a stereotypical pastor
9:07 ~ a great chat about writing
17:50 ~ 1 to 4 kids in five months
30:50 ~ the hook incident (or: the perils of being 6’7″)
36:25 ~ wife with a gun!
moving the podcast – interview from October 1, 2013
(At the time of this podcast, Jamie Golden worked) for the non-profit Children’s Aid Society in Alabama, tweeting occasionally about the things foster kids and newly adopted kids say to her. The tweets are funny, poignant and sometimes heartbreaking. I talked to Jamie about her job last Saturday, then I told her I was going to go home and cry. I did cry when I recounted some of her stories for my parents and aunt, and I was thankful I had a family to share with over lunch.
But it’s not all sad; there are amazing success stories here as well. Jamie’s excited about her job, and her enthusiasm is infectious and inspirational. Take a listen as Jamie talks to me about kids who need forever families, what happens when they age out of the system, myths and misconceptions about foster care and adoption, and how anyone can be an advocate.
“My passion…is working with families who are interested
in adopting children from foster care.”
0:00 ~ “I do a lot of different things”
3:50 ~ Children’s Aid Society
6:50 ~ aging out of the system
11:00 ~ the science of finding parents
14:25 ~ misconceptions of foster care & adoption
22:50 ~ “my passion has always been non-profit agencies”
28:15~ “you don’t have to be in the system to love a foster kid”
32:05 ~ modern day orphanages
moving the podcast – interview from September 17, 2013
Matt is just a genuinely nice guy. He has a heart for service and Jesus and I think teaching. I wanted to talk to him about his work for Cru, a Christian non-profit that’s active in 191 countries across the globe. We did that, and then we did a little verbal globe-trotting ourselves! We talk about his foreign travels, how he gets paid to go to the beach on spring break, and the importance of being of service to other people.
“Instead of making myself the center of a ministry…I’m coming in as a servant
to other people and the body of Christ, and I’m saying ‘what has the Lord
put on your heart…and how can I help you accomplish that?'”
0:00 ~ writer, StoryMan, huge smiler
6:50 ~ Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
13:30 ~ from teacher to Cru missionary
18:45 ~ an open-ended job description
29:00 ~ What are those trips all about?
36:25 ~ life changing world travels
44:05~ two awesome travel stories
50:10 ~ “it doesn’t matter what your role is, it matters what your relationship is”
Matt explains the Atheist Support Group
Matt defines Evangelical for me and I still don’t quite get it