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Meet Alice McCary, another one of the most creative people and one who also loves to experiment in life instead of just watching it go by. Here she talks about how her passions evolved to helping people learn about themselves and their world through a concept known as Soul Collage. Her new business is called "Shine Out." That's her way of telling us to let our lives shine out. Take a listen.

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Here's the sequel to Part I of a Conversation for Keeps with Gretchen Henderson and Marla Wood. in this go-around they expand on their plan and how it came to be launched and their hopes for it in the future. I learned an important concept; it's called "finding your Judy." You'll want to know more, so tune in.

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Vicki McGee, founder of Hope of The Grand Valley, is a passionate advocate of helping that particular, unique, segment of people who seem to fall into the cracks: they are often too "well off" to qualify for traditional support and help, yet are too poor to make it without some assistance. Often they are single moms; often they are children. Vicki is accompanied on her journey by an equally passionate Board of Directors. Take a listen. You'll find yourself wanting to help.

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Welcome to the world of Gretchen Henderson and Marla Wood. These are two very lovely people who have combined their respective talents and passions in order to begin a new adventure. That life trip will focus on assembling the talent from world-wide sources and the production of documentary film. Where have they been that has caused them to find each other? What have they experienced in their young lives that has led them to this adventure, and why with each other?

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TERESA COONS, # 2

We needed a second interview! If you liked last month’s, tune in here again. Teresa is continuing her discussion of the future of the Math and Science Center and what her hopes and dreams are for it. Teresa, former mayor of Grand Junction, is now the CEO of the Center.

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TERESA COONS is now the CEO of the Math and Science Center. Here she talks about her passions in life and how and where she grew up, how she once became  mayor of Grand Junction,  and later CEO of the Center and what she hopes to see in the Center in both the near and more distant future.  

You may remember that I interviewed John McConnell who became the originator and founder of the Math and Science Center, a non profit dedicated to helping young people regain a love of learning by making science fun and meaningful.

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Paula Anderson, marketing director for Primary Care Partners, is also an avid advocate and teacher in the Health and Wellness arena. She doesn't do this as a business; rather, it's a passion and a way of life that Paula believes deeply in. 

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Jamie Hamilton

What's going on? Baseball seems to have become quite well entrenched here in the Grand Valley. The level of play and the quality of teams playing here during JUCO and our new professional team, the Grand Junction Rockies, is very good! Wonder why that is? 

Tedi Gillespie

Tedi, executive director at KAFM radio, 88.1 on your FM dial, was a guest on my show once before. This is a reprise of one of the best interviews I've experienced. Take a listen and see what you think

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This fascinating interview with Summer Kennedy goes a long way to teaching us all how valuable family is and how valuable it can be to follow our passions in life. After all, the most interesting and enjoyable people in the world turn out to be those with passion. And those who seem to enjoy life the most are those with passion in their days.

If you picked up the conversation last month with David and Mandy Vindiola, you certainly will want to continue with this month's "Conversation For Keeps." Not only did they elaborate on their own principles and values, they really delve into why they are each so passionate about health and wellness as a life style for everyone.  Give a listen.

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Dave and Mandy learned early how to articulate their passions and then create a life plan that will honor them. Listen to how they have been able to coordinate goals into the ownership of numerous businesses.  At a relatively young age they are making a living, honoring each other, and  following their interests both personal and financial.  This is Part One. Part Two will follow next month

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Matt Kettlewell has spent time doing a lot of different things in his young life. And one thing he has learned is to focus on what you love and understand that you can learn to embrace something you at first didn't recognize as within your comfort zone, let alone a  passion.  Risk taking in a career choice can be just that.

Jessica Downing Ford has created for herself a surprising career. This is a simply fascinating story. You don't want to miss this one.

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Sally Henry, a woman I've known for years, made the decision (after, of course, full disclosure and consultation to and with her encouraging family) to pick up her life, and  modify that of many people around her, and move half way across the Country to attend Seminary for three years. Hear her fascinating stories as to the whys of the decision and the wonderful, mostly, aftermath.

Jerry Tufly, Fruita native, world traveler, owner of Suds Brothers Brewery, father and husband, shares his experiences and life lessons.  Jerry is a good man from anyone's perspective. I'm proud to know him and call him Friend

Tedi Gillespie is the executive director of KAFM radio in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her life stories, some told here, reveal who she is, what her passions in life are and exactly why she has chosen to do what she does. My liking Tedi and my respect for her have always been there, but are now enhanced greatly. We hope you enjoy this delightful experience as Tedi tells you her stories.

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Ken Dravis, creative and innovative. One of the most creative people I've run into in a while. You'll love his stories about how he built Aspen Leaf Studios and why. You'll also want to visit his beautiful website. There's lots of wonderful video and audio on that site. http://www.aspenleafrecording.com/Home.html

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JAMIE HAMILTON who you've heard before on this site, talks to us about his early life, his introduction to baseball, his mentors and coaches, and, most of all, the history of baseball in our little out-of-the-way place. How is it that we have the JUCO World Series every year? How is it we now have a professional baseball team here? Where in the world did that fabulous new stadium come from? Take a listen. You'll love this one.

Mary Davenport, a nurse by occupation, has lived in our Valley for a long time. She and Jim have a wonderfully peaceful place up on Glade Park. Mary's life stories are unique and you'll hear how she has learned to deal  with life's issues, whether they may be positive or not so much positive issues.  The stories of all of us are unique--we just need to take the time to listen to them.

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