Non-Profit

#020 – Season 1 Wrap-up: Listener Feedback, Inspiration in nature, and a personal Non-Profit Spotlight

In this episode, I’m flying solo because I have some interesting things to share as a wrap-up to Season 1.

We’re approaching the one year anniversary of recording the first Collected Clan episode, and it’s been an exciting year introducing you to some of the outstanding people in my world that I’ve collected along the way. Collected not as objects, but as treasures from the journey. In each conversation, I learned something new about these people I’ve known for years…and some of them for what seems like a lifetime, but even so I learned something new.

That right there is the power of conversation.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:00:40 Episode #19 recap
  • 0:01:14 The reason for Collected Clan
  • 0:02:50 Objective for Season 2
  • 0:03:12 Season 1 listener feedback from Lyle via LinkedIn
  • 0:04:08 Inspiration in nature…about the cover photo
  • 0:06:42 Non-Profit Spotlight: End Slavery Tennessee
  • 0:08:51 How to connect with Collected Clan
  • 0:09:46 Closing remarks
  • 0:10:10 Season 1 listener feedback from Bob call-in

RELATED INFO

End Slavery Monologues ticket info

This unique theatrical event features stories of survivors and those impacted by Human Trafficking to educate the audience about this issue.

The End Slavery Monologues Community Flyer #HearTheirStories

The End Slavery Monologues Community Flyer #HearTheirStories

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight supports End Slavery Tennessee.

End Slavery Tennessee logoEnd Slavery Tennessee provides comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors, many of whom are minors…children and teenagers…who were sexually exploited throughout Tennessee. Every month in Tennessee, 94 minors are used for sex trafficking. Beyond sex trafficking, there’s labor trafficking where goods and services are continually produced without compensating the laborer.
The mission of End Slavery Tennessee is to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in in the Volunteer State. Slavery seems like a rather harsh word. Didn’t slavery end after the Civil War? Not exactly. If fact, there are more slaves now than at any time in history.
Learn more about End Slavery Tennessee online at EndSlaveryTN.org. Watch the Voices of Freedom video on the home page. If you’re in the Nashville area on February 1, 2019, you can hear real stories of survivors at the End Slavery Monologues event. Click here for ticket info.

 

Voices of Freedom from End Slavery TN on Vimeo.


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#019 – Stephen Tedeschi: On Performing Arts, Being Italian, and the Joy of Christmas

My guest today is Stephen Tedeschi. Stephen is another artist in my world, and we’ve shared many a stage together with him at the helm of numerous dramatic arts performances, which, of course, we talk about here.

“Man, if kids could just find who they are at a young age and stick with it…What a difference!”

~Stephen Tedeschi

He’s very much Italian, and his fantastic family is always nearby. You’ll even hear some of them in the background a time or two enjoying life together, and this will give you an accurate glimpse into a typical Tedeschi family day.

As always, we feature a Non-Profit Spotlight selected by our guest. Two actually.

Stick around to the end where we have a special holiday presentation for you. Stephen is very much a fan of the Christmas season, and we’ve got a special surprise for you. Two surprises. Hint…one of those is The Magnificat spoken in Hebrew.

Unique content you’ll only find right here on Collected Clan.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:21 Why the dramatic arts?
  • 0:08:19 Stage show history
  • 0:10:39 Our creative paths crossing
  • 0:12:30 Sewing, tailoring, and costume making
  • 0:15:55 Gaining a son-in-law
  • 0:21:06 The Arts Place and performing arts appreciation
  • 0:24:48 How Stephen inspired my father/son relationship
  • 0:29:22 About The Arts Place
  • 0:34:24 Stephen’s Italian heritage
  • 0:36:37 Coffee talk
  • 0:44:03 Life the Italian way
  • 0:47:17 Origin of the Americano
  • 0:48:37 Non-Profit Spotlights: Rejoice School of Ballet and Narrow Gate Foundation
  • 0:51:19 Countdown to Christmas
  • 0:54:01 A Tedeschi Family Christmas
  • 1:00:21 The Spirit of Christmas
  • 1:03:57 A Carpenter Family Christmas
  • 1:05:33 Closing remarks
  • 1:07:01 BONUS The Christmas story
  • 1:12:07 BONUS The Magnificat spoken in Hebrew

GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Stephen Tedeschi at these links and social media outlets.
Official Website | Instagram | Facebook


RELATED INFO

Here’s some additional photos, videos, and a playlist mentioned in this episode.

Stephen’s first espresso cup, given to him at age 2 by his Italian grandfather.

Stephen Tedeschi in custom costume he created

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen and his wife Miriam run a non-profit called The Arts Place where they provide budding and established artists with a safe, unique environment where skilled mentors and responsible administrators help them develop and cultivate their God-given talents and projects in various areas of the arts. He discusses their mission and purpose at 0:29:22.

At 44:03 as part of our conversation about life the Italian way, I mentioned a scene from the Eat Pray Love motion picture. Here’s that scene:

Spin some holiday cheer as we collectively long for extending peace on earth and goodwill beyond the month of December.

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight segment features two organizations that Stephen Tedeschi supports through his direct experience with them.

Rejoice School of Ballet offers one of the only available, affordable after-school arts programs in East Nashville for children from low income families. The positive environment offered by Rejoice results in increased self-esteem, valuing teamwork, and an improved respect for self and others. The study of ballet teaches children how to move with poise and grace, instills discipline, and sets standards of excellence. Rejoice provides children and their familes with tools for successful living.

Narrow Gate Foundation offers a transformative experience for young men ages 18-25. Lodge participants live and work together while pursuing biblical training, personal discipleship, challenging adventures, and new life skills. During their 6-8 month stay, young men pause from the distractions of daily life to discover who Jesus says they are and their calling for the future.


FOLLOW ALONG

For more conversations in this series, follow Collected Clan at these online destinations:


FEEDBACK

Your thoughts, comments, and questions are welcome. Here’s how:

SUPPORT

If you find value in what we’re doing on Collected Clan, please support the show financially:
  • PATREON to learn how you can financially support this show for as little as $5 a month, or
  • PAYPAL to make a donation, either one-time or monthly

#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

FOLLOW ALONG

For more conversations in this series, follow Collected Clan at these online destinations:


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]