Jon Sadler out of Washington NC- a former engineer instrumental in the creation of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, an avid sailor and epilepsy warrior and advocate turned author- has published inspirational books to help individuals struggling with their own battles by sharing his personal lifelong experiences, his faith and the power of hope. Listen to our inspirational conversation here on Hodge Podge!
Rae Marie Czuhai is The Green Chair Project’s new Director of Development. Rae Marie joined the agency in February 2020 and leads development activities for the non-.profit organization which provides furniture and household items to families in need. Since it’s establishment in 2010, Green Chair has provided furnishings to 10,000+ individuals of all ages around Wake County, including serving 3,115+ households, delivering bed sets to 3,700+ bed sets to children—helping these individuals move one step closer to self-sufficiency.
Matthew Brown Jr- better known as Christian Hip Hop artist Originale- is a loyal and devoted husband, and father of four: three girls and one boy. "My purpose in life as well as the music and entertainment industry is to encourage everyone within the sound of my voice to pursue a personal relationship with God, simply by using this gift He gave me to be able to put personal experiences mixed with witty wordplay in rhyme form," said Matthew Brown of his life's focus. "Furthermore, rap has been my passion since I was 11 years old. Make no mistake about it, I take both the message and the art form extremely serious."
One year ago today, Mommy's Big, Red Monster Truck hit the presses! What was a little dream, became a huge accomplishment. Over the past year, there have been many firsts... holding my published children's book in my hands for the first time, attending my first bookstore author events, first library events, visiting elementary schools as an official author for the first time, reading my book to children across North Carolina, and the list goes on. The opportunity to share my children's travel and adventure picture book has been a priceless gift to me.
North Carolina is filled with ghost stories stemming from the shores of the Graveyard of the Atlantic down to the southern coast in Wilmington, up the Cape Fear River to the Sandhills in Fayetteville, and westward to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I've loved hearing these tales my whole life and have a collection of classic North Carolina ghost stories and legends books I cherish. My love of ghost tales started as a child while listening to old folks, cousins and friends whittle yarns of things that go bump in the night. I'm not much on horror films and gore, but I love a good old ghost story. So I decided today on Halloween 🎃, I would tell you all a few of my favorite ghost stories. Listen 👂 Here 👇👻: https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Ghost-Tales-of-North-Carolina-e6abiq
Today, I had the honor of interviewing one of my dearest friends in the world, Stephanie Starr. Stephanie is a superstar whose light shines so bright. She has overcome amazing odds and blossomed during a time of struggle. She is an amazing mother of two beautiful miracle children, a loving and devoted wife to her husband Adam, a successful and tenacious Mompreneur, a devout woman of faith and encourager, and a Multiple Sclerosis warrior and advocate. We talked about everything under the sun to include her battle with MS, infertility issues, Christian Faith, postpartum depression, and her recent entrepreneurial pursuits in the CBD industry with a local coastal North Carolina-based company, Green Compass Global. LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST INTERVIEW HERE: https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Stephanie-Starr-MS-Warrior--Woman-of-Faith--Mompreneur-e7tpdh
It was no wonder after spending so much of my life beach-combing and adventuring through the marsh, surviving one storm after another only to witness the beauty of humanity and communities in the aftermath, I would feel at home in the Bahamas. Grand Bahamians are strong people. I pray now in the days after such devastation has ripped their lives apart they will continue to witness to the world their strength and faith. I know I was blessed to meet them and visit their home. I am praying for you all and those gorgeous sugary shores to return to glory.
Recently, I was invited to collaborate with Emily Adams on her fabulous and informative travel blog, The Planking Traveler.
The theme of the collaboration— 12 Unique Off The Beaten Path Destinations For Your Next Adventure.
My favorite "off the beaten path" destination instantly came to mind— The Inner Banks of the Pamlico River, North Carolina— my native Eastern North Carolina coastal home.