Month: March 2018

#005 – Tanya Willis: Dog Rescuer & Matchmaker

Tanya and I talk about a mutually favorite subject…DOGS! Beyond their puppy dog eyes and waggly tails, she shares how Agape Animal Rescue came to be, what it’s like to raid a dog fighting operation, and how inspiring it is when she’s able to find forever homes for rescues who simply want to be someone’s everything. What happened to dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey? What about Michael Vick? Did Gypsy find a home? All that and more.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:01:32 Roadside epiphany
  • 0:07:01 Self-education and growth of Agape
  • 0:09:38 A family affair
  • 0:11:06 How a rescue agency works
  • 0:16:02 Growth rate
  • 0:19:00 Current adoptables
  • 21:33 How it works
  • 30:09 Rescue fatigue
  • 34:23 Hurricane Harvey dogs
  • 47:18 What is it about dogs?
  • 1:03:11 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 1:04:00 Michael Vick
  • 1:08:30 Meet Your Next Running Buddy event

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GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Agape Animal Rescue at these links and social media profiles
List of current adoptables | Official Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | YouTube


RELATED INFO

For a look at Agape Animal Rescue’s currently adoptable dogs, visit this adoptables page.

Meet Your Next Running Buddy with Nolensville Running Club

We mentioned several photographs in this episode. See below.

Tanya Willis, founder of Agape Animal Rescue, with Mack…the golden lab who inspired it all

Tanya Willis, founder of Agape Animal Rescue, with her three dogs…(L) Mack, the Golden Lab who started it all, (C) William Wallace, and (R) Robert The Bruce

Tanya Willis cutting chains off pit bull during an Animal Rescue Corp (ARC) raid of an illegal dog fighting operation.

Our first family photo with Sundae in front of Nashville Humane Association sign in 2001.

Portrait of Sundae Delaney, O.S.P., our first rescue dog.

The day I met our second rescue dog…Dar Lynn Clementine

Clementine relaxing in repose like the darlin’ that she is.

Agape rescue Gypsy with her new family Elizabeth & Bart at puppy school graduation.

How Clementine passed the time during my conversation with Tanya

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight is, naturally, Agape Animal Rescue. You’ve heard Tanya tell about stories about the organization in this episode, and here’s some further info about their mission.


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation plus a few additional favorites Tanya and I highly recommend for fellow dog lovers. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

A Dog’s Purpose [Movie]
Finally Free: An Autobiography by Michael Vick [Book]

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale [Movie]
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel [Book]
One Good Dog: A Novel [Book]
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs [Book]
The Dog Who Saved Me: A Novel [Book]
Where the Red Fern Grows [Book]
White Fang: 100th Anniversary Collection [Book]
The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog [Book]

 

#004 – Bethany Torino: Chocolatier, Entrepreneur, Risk Taker

Bethany is not in Kansas anymore, and she makes decadent chocolates that’ll stir your taste buds and soul like a tornado. In this conversation, we talk about growing in Dorothy’s hometown, how we were in the same building at the same time 25+ years ago without even knowing it, songwriting in Nashville, what grace is, the ups and downs of entreprenuership, and…chocolate!

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Learn more about The Cocoa Tree at these links and savor the decadent deliciousness
Official Website | TwitterInstagram


RELATED INFO

Photos of topics we discussed are shown here for your viewing pleasure. Be careful not to drool on your keyboard.

Artisan truffles from The Cocoa Tree in Franklin, TN

 

Scene from Chocolat movie from Miramax Pictures where Alfred Molina’s character experiences a massive epiphany from a small splattering of decadent chocolate. Yep, I get it. And I kinda want to do this when I see a big chocolate display.

Couture dress made with real chocolate she created for the New York City Chocolate Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Bethany selected Blood:Water as this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

Blood:Water partners with Africa’s hidden heroes to provide technical, financial, and organizational support to strengthen their reach and effectiveness to the communities they serve.

Through various technologies, the three areas of WASH – water, sanitation, and hygiene – work together to strengthen one another and maximize health impact at the community level by developing systems that deliver clean water for drinking, washing, and sanitation to communities without.

Another focus is on comprehensively and holistically support of HIV/AIDS-related needs. The entry point to this type of care takes place at the household or community level.

Blood:Water recognizes that local organizations in Africa are the true drivers of social change. They are the experts laboring to end the impact of the water and HIV/AIDS crises on their communities. However, they are often under-resourced, creating challenges in both organizational and programmatic operations.

This is why they focus efforts on building the capacity of our partners – because, ultimately, the communities need to be strong enough financially, technically, and internally to exist long after their partnership concludes.

Learn more here and get involved where you can use your creativity and passion to take an active role in fundraising, donating, and spreading awareness for Africa.


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

Chocolat [Movie]

 


#003 – Markus Garza: Army Ranger, Leadership, Advocare

Markus Garza talks openly about his time as a cadet and football player at the United States Military Academy (West Point) which lead to his service time as an Army Ranger leading soldiers in Iraq, how his military leadership skills apply to his successful Advocare business and family/fatherhood life. Fascinating stories and insights in this episode.

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RELATED INFO

Markus mentioned StrengthsFinder 2.0 in this episode, and he has shared his top 5 strengths.

  1. Learner
  2. Achiever
  3. Competition
  4. Futuristic
  5. Focus

Here are some photos of Markus Garza to correspond with stories told in this episode.

United States Military Academy Army West Point Knights football team. Cadet Markus Garza is #34, running back.

Cadet Markus Garza at United States Military Academy

Ranger Markus Garza in Iraq

Tony Kurz (L) with Ranger Markus Garza (R) in Iraq

The Garza Family in California

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

For this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight, Markus Garza has selected All Things Possible Ministries headed by Victor Marx, an organization that identifies, interrupts, and restores those affected by trauma.

Victor gained notoriety with an online following after the release of a video of him performing the “World’s Fastest Gun Disarm.” His YouTube channel now features over 31 million views and 107 thousand subscribers. Because of his powerful story, humility and unique martial arts background, Victor was able to reach broken, troubled and trafficked youth in speaking engagements across America.

In 2014 Victor began undertaking additional outreach missions beyond North America to fractured communities in Northern Iraq, Syria, Burma and Cambodia. Described as a “high risk missionary” due to his work with children and families rescued from ISIS and the personal struggles of military personnel and their families with the realities of trauma recovery, it’s pretty obvious why Markus supports this organization.

Learn more here.

#002 – David Meyers: Musician, Firefighter, Philosopher

David and I talked extensively his music career, songwriting, love & marriage, human interaction, social ills and solutions to those ills, and the ideology and philosophy that fuels his world.

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RELATED INFO

Since music is a large part of his story, it’s only fitting to include this a playlist of David’s favorite tracks (plus a couple of my personal favorites added at the end) from his albums with Old Man Shattered and the solo EP he mentioned, plus a link to his EP download at BandCamp plus a video of the band in action. Rock on.

David Meyers EP - The Rescue

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

The New Mexico Dream Center is an Organization who exists to restore the dreams of the Hopeless, the Helpless, the Hurting, and the Broken. They are committed to identifying gaps in services in New Mexico and since there are not any current services that address Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in the entire state NMDC is taking on this issue! Click screenshot below to see the video David mentioned then scroll below the video to donate if you’re able to help.

New Mexico Dream Center video still

 

 


#001 – Amber Williams: Model, Scientist, Dog Lover

Amber Williams talks about her experience as a model and wardrobe stylist, her professional career as a laboratory scientist, stem cell transplants, what it’s like to be single again in today’s modern world, plus our mutually favorite creatures…dogs.

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RELATED INFO

DNA Stylix: Decoding the DNA of Fashion

Amber and I met in 2007 during our first of several photo shoots together. Here are a few favorites from those shoots.

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Since 1949 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today.

LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.

#000 – Trailer: About This Podcast

Welcome to Collected Clan…the trailer. The podcast about outstanding people I’ve met along the way. People with interesting stories, triumphs, and ideals. People who’ve made their mark in the world and in my life. I’m your host Gregory Byerline. I’ve met a lot of people over the years, and many people come and go. Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances.” But these people are the company that you keep. Everyday people just like you and me.

My entire career path has been about people…as their photographer, colleague, teammate, running buddy, manager, mentor, family, and friend. Raised in a small Midwestern farm town where everybody knew everybody, those quaint confines couldn’t keep me there when “out there” beckoned.

As an armchair-sociologist, learning other’s stories has always fascinated me. And my hyperactive curiosity always wants to know more. That’s why I created Collected Clan, stories of the company I keep as souvenirs from the journey.

THE ART OF CONVERSATION

American society is at a crossroads as we grapple with international propaganda, national fake news, and the ease of sharing topics on social media after reading only the click-bait headline. We don’t look deeper.

Somewhere along the way we’ve lost the art of conversation. We talk at people instead of with people. We use our mouth more than our ears. We too commonly stay “connected” behind our screens, and it’s high time we start talking about our lives and life’s ups, downs, and all-arounds.

And that’s where this podcast comes in. I hope we can re-value the people around us and reignite our interpersonal relationships, which make up  the original and longest lasting social network.

Join me each episode as I talk with outstanding people I’ve met along the way.

NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHTS

In each episode, I will also feature a Non-Profit Spotlight chosen specifically by the guest. This will give you an idea what they value and causes they want to support, and I’m happy to share that info with you as well.

INSPIRATION FROM NATURE

The cover photo depicts something key to this podcast. These Bradford Pear Trees called to me the way the white blossoms reflected the light around them and helped them stand out in the darkness. I was immediately attracted to that light, but it was also interesting to see they were standing shoulder to shoulder. They were the same, but yet they were different.

Each one had a different shape. Each one had a different size. Each one swayed in the wind differently, and yet they were the same. They were unified. They were shoulder to shoulder. They were there for each other, simply being a tree.

And I think there’s a lot we can take away from that as we, too, are the same as those around us even though we struggle with different things and experience struggles in different way and experience life in different way yet we’re still the same. Cut through the clutter, cut through the color, and get deep inside…we really are the same.

There’s a unity in us. We just need to dig deep and find it.

I’m really excited about this. I know a lot of interesting people, and I look forward to introducing them to you. So join me each episode as I talk with these outstanding people I’ve met along the way. These people are the company you keep. Every day people, just like you and me.

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RELATED INFO

Here’s a black-and-white image I’ve framed of the Bradford Pear Trees photograph mentioned in the trailer. The color version of this image has also be licensed by author Leigh McLeroy for her book called The Beautiful Ache available at Amazon.