Relationships

#22 – Tell Me Something Good: 2020 Reflections

2020 was a circus disaster for sure, but the big top didn’t fully catch fire. Trapeze artists fell, and the resilient got back up to take another swing. To borrow from what you’ll soon hear, “but if you’re breathing today, you’ve made it this far. That’s no small thing. Incredible, even!” Wherever you are and…

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#18 – Bonus: Thank You Notes…Audio Time Capsules of Gratitude

In this bonus episode of Collected Clan, we kick off the holiday season right here at the start of Thanksgiving week with some audio thank you notes from previous guests and a few additional people for whom I’m grateful. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing while you listen, kick back and soak it in….

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#17 – Lauren Phelps: On Creativity, Pursuing Dreams, and Motherhood

Lauren Phelps is an accomplished creative entrepreneur. I first knew Lauren as she achieved great success with her clothing line LEONA then as a client when I had the opportunity to photograph several seasonal lookbooks of her fashion designs. She has continued her creative endeavors since then and now lives in New York where she…

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#14 – Tiffany Montero: On Autism, Adoption, and Running To Heal

In this episode, we hear from Tiffany Montero and how she’s navigating life through the lens of high-functioning autism and the redemptive power of adoption and how she made a conscious connection with her own birth mom as birth mom herself. This is real life in some honest, candid storytelling and conversation. Plus a special…

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#13 – Bradley Ford: Guitarist, DJ, Music Man (Part 2)

In this episode, we have the second half of the conversation with my friend Bradley Ford about his career in music, our love of music and musicals, the impact of music on society through education and so much more, including what it’s like to have experienced a school shooting first hand. This conversation took many…

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#12: Father’s Day Memos…Saying It Forward

In this episode, I have a special treat for you as Father’s Day approaches. This episode is a collection of unreleased material from previous episodes with guests who are fathers, an extension of Episode #9 featuring mothers. This podcast series is all about conversation, which is much more than an interview. They’re two-sided; not just…

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#11 – Bradley Ford: Guitarist, DJ, Music Man (Part 1)

In this episode, I talk with my friend Bradley Ford about his career in music, our love of music and musicals, the impact of music on society through education and so much more, including what it’s like to have experienced a school shooting first hand. This conversation took many twists and turns and returns upon…

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#10 – John J. Thompson: Musician, Author, Troubadour

Though we met less than 10 years ago, John J. Thompson and I share a rather parallel life that was exciting to explore in this conversation about our shared Central Illinois roots and about signing his own adoption papers, how forgiveness is actually connected to understanding, the unique community that was Cornerstone Festival, his book…

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#9 – Bonus: Mother’s Day Memos…Saying It Forward

In this bonus episode, I have a special treat for you. This episode is a collection of unreleased material from previous episodes with guests who are mothers. This podcast series is all about conversation, which is much more than an interview. They’re two-sided; not just one-sided Q&A. To that end, I don’t keep a list…

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#8 – Ginger Eldridge: Mother, Survivor, Honorer

In this episode, I reconnect with Ginger Eldridge, someone I’ve known for nearly the entire 26 years I’ve lived in Nashville. To date, she and I have the longest history together of any guest. We talk about … music business life in Nashville the impact we both experienced knowing the late great Landy Gardner getting…

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