Author Marcos Mendonca shares his perspective on traveling:
To me traveling is very fulfilling. The more I see the less I know.
How can I live my entire life without knowing how people do things and how they live? The most important thing for me about traveling is the culture. I like getting to know cultures and meeting different people and how they live around the world. I think by the end of the day you value the things you have a lot more. There are people that don’t have stuff and they are happy. I can live without some stuff. I see the places through different eyes. I can share that. I am sharing that.
“The Right to Repair movement is the idea that manufacturers have this policy where if something goes wrong with an item you purchase you have to take the item to them for repairs. That can be a big cost to you. You are not allowed to fix it. But people are saying wait a minute. I bought this. I own this. I should be able to do what I want with it. I should be able to choose whom I want to repair it.”
“It doesn’t matter where you are politically or financially we can all agree that saving money is a good thing. Everybody wants something that is reliable and will last.”
“Repair Cafe is not just about repairing items. It’s an interactive place to meet people and talk to skilled volunteers to help you.”
Dale: “I brought in a paper shredder that runs in reverse but wont’ run forward. This kind gentleman Cory is fixing it for me. My goal is not to have to replace it and now I don’t have to.”
PART I-“The Repair Cafe is free to the public. It’s a place where people can bring in items needing to be fixed. Visitors can also learn how to repair things themselves so that they can see their belongings in a different way.”
“The common mindset is to throw it away if it doesn’t work. That causes problems for the environment and we are battling this all of the time. Sustainability is really big deal.”
Ray Orehowsky executed the building of several of the habitats for the Philadelphia Zoo.
“There is nowhere for the zoo to expand except up. I was part of a fantastic team and through collaboration we designed elevated trails.”
“It’s been an interesting process because the materials are different. I’ve had to really think about how to do this. There is so much to take into consideration. The cats cannot have a slippery platform or one that does not make them feel secure.”
“Grow food you want to eat.”
Marion Owen lives in Kodiak Alaska where she cares for her well-established organic garden. She grows foods she wants to eat and share with others. “I live in Kodiak Alaska. It gets radical in the spring and fall with the changing light and cooler climate. I have learned from experience on how to grow in this climate. It’s OK to put things in the compost pile. We learn from experience.” “I grow food I want to eat but I also want to provide food for the late pollinators. I don’t just gardens for me but for other people, insects, birds. It’s all inclusive.” Marion saves bumble bees who get caught up in a deep freeze. Hear how she does it on the podcast.
“I love photography. One of my favorite things is to not have an agenda for my photography. I want to be open to the gifts that are shown to me.”
Your Positive Imprint. What’s Your P.I.?
Richard East, also known as Van Cat Meow, is a nomad from Tasmania. He and his cat Willow travel around Australia in a van. “I didn’t know where I fit in the world. If you’d asked me when I was ten what I’d be doing in twenty years’ time, I suspect my answer would have been exactly this. Exploration and adventure — the kinds of things we lose sight of as we’re thrown into adulthood.”
Andrew’s positive imprint is that he creates public and private partnerships to invest in sustainable agriculture for small farmers across the globe. His job helps to provide real income to farmers and not just for subsistence living. “In Zambia we’re working on a tomato seedling project. I like to see the product in action which means getting back in the bush. It’s valuable to see the people who are the ones intended to receive the help. I like to learn the cultures. In Malawi the culture is very alive with the Chewa ethnic groups and traditional clothing. With the funds we’ve reached over a million farmers world-wide.” …this is Andrew’s Positive Imprint. What’s Your P.I.?
Happy Trails and Happy Tales from Iditarod Racer, author, adventurer and storyteller, Mary Shields. Mary Shields entered the Iditarod in 1974 and is known as the first woman to complete the Iditarod. She was told that she would die. One man yelled at her, “You’d better turn around now. You’ll never make it to Nome!” But she did. Mary Shields was born a city girl but wanted to live what Henry David Thoreau talked about in his books. She moved to Alaska in 1965 and lived in the rugged wilderness where she learned and loved to mush with a dog team. She cites Henry David Thoreau and Camp Fire Girls as her positive imprints that set her own imprints in motion—“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.“—Henry David Thoreau Mary lived in the wilderness to really experience what Thoreau was talking about. She says this about when her adventures began; “the conductor held onto my hand as I jogged along and when he thought I had my balance he let go.” While living off the land her friend had three dogs delivered to her via rail so that the dogs could help Mary with chores by use of the sled. The dogs arrived with a special note of instructions. Listen to the podcast to hear what that note said. These are Mary’s positive imprints. What’s Your P.I.?
My launch party is being held at Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Cafe. It is owned by Kanella Chronis. This bonus shorter podcast features two guests. Kanella and also James Garrigan who runs the Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Cafe cooking classes held at the cafe. Kanella is of Greek descent. Kanella translates to Cinnamon in English.
“I want to be a part of the neighborhood. A neighborhood cafe is where folks can enjoy the food in a fun atmosphere.” For Kanella there is more to her positive imprint than providing a neighborhood cafe. Her positive imprint extends to a childrens’ advocacy group. James is the lead cook for the cooking classes. James is the lead cook for the cooking classes. “Cook what you want to eat.” “The classes are a hands-on approach where every step is shown. “I got started in doing these cooking classes from a visit to a Kindergarten class. I was a guest baker for my child’s Kindergarten class and I had so much fun teaching them. They had fun. I wanted to do this for a living.” James provides cooking classes to both adults and children. AND my launch party is being held here. Cheers! Listen to their positive imprints. What’s Your P.I.?
This PODCAST is a variety show!! Stories are everywhere. People are everywhere. Your Positive Imprint is real life…true stories. This show features people from our global community and how their positive achievements are inspiring positive actions. Globally!! Get inspired! Your Positive Imprint. What’s Your P.I.?