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Winston Simmonds: Between Me And You Journals

moving the podcast – interview from February 4, 2015


Episode 38. Winston Simmonds tells us how he started Sand Dune Publishing and why he created the Between Me And You journal series. We also talk about the importance of asking people we care about for their stories, and sharing our own with them.

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“We’ve never talked about some of their feelings, some of their dreams, some of their hopes when they were in their twenties or thirties or forties. Or what they think about the relationship that we all share together, questions that sometimes we’ve been meaning to ask but never get around to.”

0:00 ~ starting a publishing company
5:20 ~ Between Me and You Journals
8:50 ~ origin story
14:50 ~ it’s important to share our stories
20:50 ~ emotional responses
29:20 ~ “the whole point is to connect”

Connect with Winston
on his website
on Twitter @JournalDude
on Facebook Between Me And You

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The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Giving Gal Stephanie Jones

moving the podcast – interview from January 7, 2015


Episode 35. Stephanie Jones talks about her lifelong passion for giving, shares stories of her giving experiences both great and awkward, and provides tips on how anyone can become a giver.

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 “If, throughout your journey of what you’re trying to accomplish, you’re impacting other lives and trying to make other lives better, then you’re gonna be successful.”

0:00 ~ defining what is a gift
7:30 ~ 500 days of giving
12:45 ~ tips to become a giver
17:05 ~ half-eaten pizza (giving takes courage)
22:25 ~ doing something is better than doing nothing
25:00 ~ becoming a life coach & encouraging others to give

Connect with Stephanie
on her website
on Twitter @1Giving_Gal
on Facebook 1 Making a Difference

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1 Making a Difference
Giving Gal Shop
A Half-Eaten Pizza and a Story to Share
Innovative Organizing
Giving Gal on Pinterest

Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson, Professional Artist

moving the podcast – interview from December 16, 2014


Episode 34. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson was a teacher for 20 years and will always be a writer, but this year she also began sharing her paintings with the world. Today she talks about becoming a professional artist and how art helped her find herself again as she worked through a long illness.

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“My most important things are just being true to myself, and being a good mom, and being a good wife, and being a good friend to people. And being good to myself.”

0:00 ~ “coming back to my roots”
5:40 ~ where the inspiration comes from
14:00 ~ from hobby to business
17:50 ~ dealing with long-term illness
28:10 ~ art as therapy (and milestone)
32:00 ~ being a professional artist

Connect with Renée
on her website
on Twitter @rasjacobson
on Facebook Rasjacobson Originals
Etsy Shop Renée Jacobson

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Morphing From Writer to Painter
Love Inspires Art
Renée’s Pinterest
Renée’s Instagram
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Samples of Renée’s Art:

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Sue Takamoto: on the Nozomi Project

moving the podcast – interview from December 9, 2014

This past April, Sue’s husband headed out yet again to help with earthquake recovery, this time Kumamoto, Japan. I really admire Sue and her husband for their commitment and good hearts!

When I checked the links for the podcast notes, I ended up buying myself a pair of earrings – a treat for myself, but also a tiny little way that I can help too. I can’t wait to be able to tell people the story behind them, why they are a very special piece of jewelry!


Episode 33. Sue Plumb Takamoto shares the inspiring story of the Nozomi Project, an organization that employs and nurtures women affected by the tsunami that devastated Ishinomaki, Japan in 2011.

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“That’s why we’re here. That’s God’s heart, is to love people who are having challenges. And we’re all broken people, in reality, and God loves to make beauty from brokenness.”

0:00 ~ missionaries in Japan
5:00 ~ how God inspired the Nozomi Project
14:15 ~ lasting impact of the tsunami
19:25 ~ a survivor community as much as a job
27:20 ~ being a business with a Christian foundation
29:30 ~ building beauty from destruction
37:15 ~ how to help

Connect with Sue
on the website
on Twitter @NozomiProject
on Facebook Nozomi Project
on Pinterest Nozomi Project

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Asian Access
Be One Tohoku Aid
Starfish Project
Yuko’s Jewelry
Burying and Rebuilding (hamster and new house post)
Roger Lowther Article in Japan Harvest Magazine
Sue’s blog- The Takameter

Nozomi Project Photos:

Nozomi Project: beauty from brokenness (video):