Adoption

#018 – 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.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

 


RELATED INFO

Here’s a special Thanksgiving/Gratitude themed playlist to contribute to your daily soundtrack, curated specifically for Collected Clan listeners by your host and by show guest Bradley Ford (from Episode 11 and Episode 13) who makes playlists for a living by serving his wedding and event clients through this DJ and emcee company Snyder Entertainment.

 


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SUPPORT

A recording of the full Ode To Joy poem read by your host is available for your listening pleasure…really great words and theme that’s appropriate for any season…is available in our Producers Circle on Patreon. If you find value with what we’re doing on this show, your financial support creates even more gratitude. So thank you. You’ll find other bonus segments there too.
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#014 – 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 Non-Profit Spotlight that’ll shed some light on how easy it is to help someone else on their journey.

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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:01:11 How we met
  • 0:01:32 Ragnar Relay experience
  • 0:03:32 High functioning autism & running (Last Ragnar leg).”
  • 0:05:06 Last Ragnar leg and running with Peter
  • 0:08:53 The mental aspect of running
  • 0:10:59 Sidelined by fear of failure and outside overload.1
  • 0:17:03 Trail running vs road running
  • 0:19:49 Trying to fit into Junior High
  • 0:22:59 Tiffany‘s first 50K
  • 0:33:38 Pushing outside your comfort zone
  • 0:36:04 The importance of a tiny village
  • 0:38:52 Getting real with running
  • 0:40:57 The Run Home
  • 0:50:38 Seeing your son again
  • 1:03:20 Adoption and medical DNA
  • 1:08:31 The Run Home and the road to her girls
  • 1:10:16 Writing about her healing
  • 1:13:05 Non-Profit Spotlight: “Sunday Sandwiches”

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GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Tiffany at these links and savor the decadent deliciousness
Official Website | Instagram


RELATED INFO

Tiffany has recently launched a blog called Trail Healing where she writes about her journey to healing through trail running.

Additional links to a few of our discussion topics:
The Katy Trail
High-Functioning Autism
Asperger Syndrome

 

Tiffany Montero during the Shawnee Hills 100 mile trail race. Photo provided.

 

The Montero Family. Photo provided.

Tiffany is pictured here with her husband Jose (blue shirt), son Adam (black shirt), and cousin David (green shirt). Photo courtesy of Tiffany Montero.

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This month’s Non-Profit Spotight is something near and dear to Tiffany Montero. Listen along at 1:13:05 to hear how Tiffany’s family supports others on their journey this unique and simple process.

 

 


#011 – 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 itself into a woven storyline that created the longest episode so far. So this is Part 1 of the two-part conversational biography.

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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:17 Grown men gushing over Celine Dion
  • 0:05:23 Celine Dion is the female Meat Loaf
  • 0:08:23 Jafar lipsyncs Eric Carmen
  • 09:55 Shared deep love of music
  • 0:12:27 From Muffin to Bleach with Bradley on guitar
  • 0:22:37 Impact of music on the creator and the listener
  • 0:31:15 One of the most underrated rock records of all time
  • 0:33:36 Hearing in technicolor
  • 0:39:47 Phantom of the Opera
  • 0:46:28 Life and humanity through the lens of The Greatest Showman
  • 0:57:39 “A beautiful crap shoot of life”

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GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Bradley Ford at these links and dive into his humor-filled world of music.
Facebook | TwitterInstagram


RELATED INFO

We talked about many a song in this episode, so it’s only fair that you have a chance to have those at your fingertips for your listening pleasure.


The infamous Muffin ringer tee


Static album cover by Bleach


Bradley created this Bleach playlist so you can hear that part of his world.


Dove Award for Alternative/Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year for “Epidermis Girl”


Commemorating the #1 single “Super Good Feeling” written by our guest Bradley Ford


Commemorating the #1 single “Super Good Feeling” … written by our guest Bradley Ford



If you haven’t heard the 25th anniversary cast performance of Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring Ramin Karimloo (Phantom) and Sierra Boggess (Christine), here’s your chance. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.


And of course, we also recommend that you give some listens to The Greatest Showman


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Bradley’s selection for this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight will be presented in Part 2 of this conversation. Stay tuned.


#010 – 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 called Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass Market World, and so much more.

If you enjoyed this, subscribe and share with your friends, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, search for Collected Clan and subscribe. Ratings and reviews also help with spreading the word about these conversations. Cheers.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:02 Our parallel life
  • 0:12:10 Living in and out of hiding with a con-man father
  • 0:15:28 The making of a con-man father
  • 0:17:59 The forgiveness process
  • 0:21:52 Counting native Nashvillians
  • 0:22:43 Moving to Music City
  • 0:23:48 The beginnings of a music library
  • 0:26:35 Tales from the late great Cornerstone Festival
  • 0:31:43 The rise and fall of True Tunes
  • 0:35:54 “I’m cool with Africa, just don’t send me to Nashville”
  • 0:44:42 Grand ideals dashed upon the rocks
  • 0:53:43 About Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate book
  • 1:07:38 John‘s upcoming projects
  • 1:08:17 Deep admiration for Phil Keaggy
  • 1:10:03 Non-Profit Spotlight: Compassion International
  • 01:10:18 How to connect with John online

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GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about John at these links to read his thought-provoking writings
Official Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


RELATED INFO

Hear his original music recorded as The Wayside, with his wife and musical partner Michelle Thompason, at ReverbNation.

Download a free chapter of John J. Thompson’s book called Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass Market World at this link or by clicking the cover below.

Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate book by John J. Thompson book cover

Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate book by John J. Thompson

 

 

 

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

John selected Compassion International for this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight. John and his wife Michelle have sponsored several children around the world over years, helping provide an opportunity to attend or stay in school, access to medical care which often saves lives, nourishing food, mentoring and a safe environment through a local church, and opportunities to hear the good news that John writes about.

Please watch this video to learn more about the great work done by Compassion International and consider sponsoring a child today. Give a child hope for the future and for all eternity.