In the span of three short years, I did the following: 1) moved from my own solitary home in the city to my love's 100-year-old farmhouse in the country; 2) left my normal, full-time job to become a voice actor; and 3) survived breast cancer. In my new life, which is anything but routine, I invite you to join me in focusing on the positive and the good - the people, places, and things that, in such a negative world, are also anything but routine.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization committed to honoring those who gave their lives for their country by celebrating Christmas with them each year - and, in doing so, ensuring that younger generations understand the significance of those sacrifices. Listen now to learn the origin of WAA and the many ways YOU can participate in their mission.
Founded more than 120 years ago in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Cascade Park was once called "the most beautiful pleasure resort in Western Pennsylvania," with thousands of visitors riding the rides and picnicking near its beautiful waterfall each year. Now a refurbished and thriving nature park, remnants of Cascade Park's past remain and remind visitors of its storied history and cherished place within New Castle's community.
Meet Cheryl Mollé, a breast cancer survivor who, after her diagnosis, discovered that the support groups she joined tended to forget that laughter is often the best medicine. She decided to start her own Facebook breast cancer support group called "Finding Humor After Breast Cancer," which focuses solely on humor. Today, thousands of breast cancer patients and survivors around the world visit the group daily to support one another through jokes, memes, and sometimes irreverent stories that give them the fortitude to keep fighting.
Meet Barb Hunt, a woman who has spent much of her life volunteering and now serves as director of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church food pantry in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The food pantry feeds more than 400 people in the Johnstown area on a monthly basis, and even more than that during the holiday season. "Anything But Routine" has adopted this organization as our "Helping For The Holidays" mission.
Meet Stacey Pearson and Wesley Shaffer, two residents of Stoystown, Pennsylvania who decided not to let Wesley's family farm languish in disuse, but dove in and turned it into a community where people can connect, have fun, explore their dreams, and challenge themselves to live their best lives!
Meet Ben Raygor, a young man and Boy Scout who decided early on that he would go into a career in which he could help those in need. He is now completing the project that will earn him the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout - and when it came time to decide what that project would be, he looked no further than the community that welcomed him in exploring his future goals.
Meet Lisa Lee, a 19-year breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed as a newlywed with her whole life ahead of her. She chose to take her experience and use it to help others - from counseling new patients and their loved ones to advocating for metastatic breast cancer research.
Meet Char Potochar, a retiree who proves that age is just a number! After a random trip-and-fall temporarily sidelined her from her favorite athletic activities, Char looked around for something new to try - and became a member of the Orlando Magic Silver Stars dance team.
Kicking off season two on an almost-anniversary in my hometown! On July 20, 1977, Johnstown, Pennsylvania experienced its worst flood since 1889, as a result of what's been called a "5,000-year storm." Learn about the flood, the preparations that failed, and my own memories of "Flood Night."
Meet Jeff Bunk and Wendy Cernansky, and their respective therapy dogs, Eli and Malachi. Not only do they bring joy to school kids, hospital patients, and others, but they're planning to aid and comfort those in need throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through their new organization: the Pennsylvania K9 Crisis Response Team.
Meet Thomas Davis - retired Army, one wife, two daughters, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, attributes his 102 years to the good Lord, and believed to be the oldest surviving guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Meet Jim Gindlesperger, a Johnstown, Pennsylvania retiree who turned a passion for history into a writing career! In today's episode, I'll share what he did before his first book, what he's done since, and what he's doing next, with a special emphasis on his study of Arlington National Cemetery.
In October of 2018, after a routine mammogram, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer. My top priority - after beating it - was making sure people realized I was still a person and not a cancer patient. How did I do that? Listen now!
How did I go from being settled in a routine, stable, full-time job with a boss to reinventing myself as an entrepreneur and launching a whole new career? And have you been wanting to do the same thing? Listen to my story, and then get out there and do it! Life is too short!
In three short years, I, as a middle-aged woman, have done the following: 1) moved from my own solitary home in the city to my love's 100-year-old farmhouse in the country; 2) left my normal, full-time job to become a voice actor; and 3) survived breast cancer. In my new life, which is anything but routine, I invite you to join me in focusing on the positive and the good - the people, places, and things that, in such a negative world, are also anything but routine.