10
Aug
2011

Episode #31 Solomon Nkugwa Part 2

Solomon is from Uganda East Africa. He is a former African Childrens Choir Director, currently pursuing a Master's Degree in International Development Administration at Westem Michigan University. He is Fluent in English, Luganda and French. Solomon has been an advocate for destitute children for over 20 years and he is now the new Intern at Orphan Justice Mission OJM. volunteering as the Advocacy and Financial Development Assistant.

Listen Now:


5
Jul
2011

Episode #30 Solomon Nkugwa

Solomon is from Uganda East Africa. He is a former African Childrens Choir Director, currently pursuing a Master's Degree in International Solomon12.jpgDevelopment Administration at Westem Michigan University. He is Fluent in English, Luganda and French. Solomon has been an advocate for destitute children for over 20 years and he is now the new Intern at Orphan Justice Mission OJM. volunteering as the Advocacy and Financial Development Assistant.

OJM is an organization which advocates for orphans in Uganda through vocational training, capacity building and education. Solomon can be booked for speeches... His workshops include, "Orphan Justice," "The World is a Global Market," "Breaking the Vicious Cycle," "Kitchen Table Talk" and "Global Development."

Visit: Orphan Justice Mission.

Listen Now:


31
May
2011

Episode #29 Award Winning Author, David Evanier

DavidEvanier.jpgEvanier documents the life and career of a genuine living legend. Drawing on interviews with scores of Tony's friends, family members, and fellow musicians, and experts on the last 50 years of popular music, he vividly captures the musical history of an era. He brings deep insight into an artist who has stayed perennially young because of his devotion to his art and to humanity.

Order a copy of David's latest "ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE: THE LIFE OF TONY BENNETT" Order Here.

Listen Now:


25
May
2011

Episode #28 Communication Disorder (Stuttering) with Guest, Jason Dorman.

JasonandRoyJr.jpgJason Dorman has worked on his disorder (stuttering) since he was a child. In this compelling interview Jason gives us insight and an inside look at life as a stutterer.

Stuttering Facts and Information

What is stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering.

What causes stuttering? There are four factors most likely to contribute to the development of stuttering: genetics (approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family member who does also); child development (children with other speech and language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter); neurophysiology (recent neurological research has shown that people who stutter process speech and language slightly differently than those who do not stutter); and family dynamics (high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles can contribute to stuttering).

Stuttering may occur when a combination of factors comes together and may have different causes in different people. It is probable that what causes stuttering differs from what makes it continue or get worse.

How many people stutter? More than 68 million people worldwide stutter, which is about 1% of the population. In the United States, that's over 3 million Americans who stutter.

What is the ratio of males to females who stutter? Stuttering affects four times as many males as females.

How many children stutter? Approximately 5 percent of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more. Three-quarters of those will recover by late childhood, leaving about 1% with a long-term problem. The best prevention tool is early intervention.

Is stuttering caused by emotional or psychological problems? Children and adults who stutter are no more likely to have psychological or emotional problems than children and adults who do not. There is no reason to believe that emotional trauma causes stuttering.

I think my child is beginning to stutter. Should I wait or seek help? It is best to seek ways that you, the parents, can help as soon as possible. (click on If You Think Your Child is Stuttering for ways to help immediately) If the stuttering persists beyond three to six months or is particularly severe, you may want to seek help from a speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering right away. (click on speech-language pathologists for listings by state or country.)

Can stuttering be treated? Yes, there are a variety of successful approaches for treating both children and adults (click on Why Speech Therapy? for some guidelines). In general, the earlier, the better is good advice.

Are there any famous people who stutter? Emily Blunt, James Earl Jones, John Stossel, Bill Walton, Mel Tillis, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Carly Simon, Annie Glenn, Nicholas Brendon, Ken Venturi, Bob Love, John Updike, King George VI -- all are famous people who stuttered and went on to have successful lives.

I read about a new cure for stuttering. Is there such a thing? There are no instant miracle cures for stuttering. Therapy, electronic devices, and even drugs are not an overnight process. However, a specialist in stuttering can help not only children but also teenagers, young adults and even older adults make significant progress toward fluency.

These stuttering facts and stuttering information are provided by the Stuttering Foundation of America.

Listen Now:


17
May
2011

Episode #27 What Peace There May Be, a Memoir by Susanna Barlow

“What Peace There May Be”barlow_bluejacket-247x300.jpgBarlowbookcover.jpg

Young Susanna doesn’t know anything other than the family environment that has been created for her-a system without regard for society or man’s laws. Raised in a sequestered home in a busy city neighborhood, everything beyond the front gate is off-limits.

The isolation proves to be a breeding ground for abuse and Susanna struggles to reconcile her desire to escape and her need to belong. The book recounts six critical years in Susanna’s life as she comes to terms with her conditions. This coming of age story is as much a testament to survival as it is to surrender. Pushed to the limits of her coping abilities, Susanna tries anything she can to bring about the peace that seems always out of reach... read more.

To Order "What Peace There May Be," Order Here.

Listen Now:


5
May
2011

Episode #26 Recycle Every Day by Author Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

WallaceNancyElizabeth.jpg

So how did I get started writing and illustrating children’s books? I took two adult education courses, one was about traditional Scherenschnitt (share- en -sssh -nit) scherren means scissors, schnitt means cut. The other was about writing and illustrating children’s books. When I brought in a cut-paper illustration, the teacher said, “You’ve found your medium!”

I am a full-time author/illustrator now I also visit schools, libraries and museums as part of my job. I love my job!

Also Visit: http://www.nancyelizabethwallace.com/

Listen Now:


26
Apr
2011

Episode #25 The Walk ‘N Roll Dog

FrankieWalkNRollDog.jpgFrankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog is a true, inspirational story about a dog whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. When Frankie is custom fit for a wheelchair she learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering her on and give you hope that all things are possible. Frankie’s stories touch the hearts of young and old as she teaches us how a challenge can become a stepping stone to something more meaningful.

Frankie’s motto is: “Always be positive, make a difference, and keep on rollin...

Also Visit: http://www.joyfulpaws.com

Listen Now:


23
Mar
2011

Episode #24 Genetic Mapping of Mo’orea Island, National Geographic’s Tasha Eichenseher

TashaEichenseher1.jpg

Tasha Eichenseher in Mo‘orea for National Geographic News Published February 23, 2011.

Portions of the once vibrant reef ringing the South Pacific island of Mo‘orea are now an apocalyptic landscape of gray rubble. Under the rich turquoise-colored surface, dead coral towers lie in pieces, blanketed with a fine layer of decay.

What has caused such trouble in paradise? A nasty invasion of armored starfish. The crown of thorns (Acanthaster planci or taramea in Tahitian), with menacing poisonous spikes and a voracious appetite, literally sucks the life out of reef communities. The starfish feast on coral polyps, leaving an empty white skeleton and ransacked home for other marine species before moving on to the next meal...

Read More: A South Pacific Island, Under the Microscope.

Listen Now:


11
Mar
2011

Episode #23 Part 2 An Extraordinary Journey to the North Pole

Randy tells his Extraordinary Story in an interview with Ordinary People. He explains that the group of people he had teamed with in 1999 for their historical, record breaking expedition were virtually strangers. He says that in order for them to have successfully reached the North Poll, the team was required to cooperate with each other or pay the price of failure or even death.

ArcticOceanNorthPoleDownsized.jpg

Some of the difficulties the team faced:

  • 200 Miles on foot
  • -25 to -65 F degrees
  • Pressure ridges
  • Ice flows
  • Equipment failure
  • Injury
  • $60,000 rescue fee
  • Mental stress
  • Physical stress
  • The cold combined with wet clothes
  • Frostbite
  • 24 hours of daylight
Listen Now:


3
Mar
2011

Episode #22 Part 1 An Extraordinary Journey to the North Pole

 

 

This is Randy Swanson's story of his expedition to reach the North Poll by foot.RandySwansonsStory2.jpg

On April 14, 1999 a team of expeditioners were dropped off at 88 degrees north latitude.  From there they headed to the most northern point to a safe drop zone for their departure.  Their team of one woman and ten men were virtual strangers and were expexted to reach the North Poll in 16 days or less by foot.  They embarked on an Extraordinary journey that only a few can say they have ever accomplised such a mission.

Randy tells his Extraordinary Story in an interview with Ordinary People. He explains that the group of people he had teamed with in 1999 for their historical, record breaking expedition were virtually strangers.  He says that in order for them to have successfully reached the North Poll, the team was required to cooperate with each other or pay the price of failure or even death.

Some of the difficulties the team faced:

  • 200 Miles on foot
  • -25 to -65 F degrees
  • Pressure ridges
  • Ice flows
  • Equipment failure
  • Injury
  • $60,000 rescue fee
  • Mental stress
  • Physical stress
  • The cold combined with wet clothes
  • Frostbite
  • 24 hours of daylight
Listen Now:


31
Jan
2011

Episode #21 Shannon McNamara Share In Africa

ShannonWeb.jpgIt started in May of 2008......

The McNamara family had volunteered in developing countries for several summers, primarily teaching English to schoolchildren in Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and China. While planning a service trip to Africa, Shannon, then 15, learned about the “book famine” and was moved because she is an avid reader with many books. Determined to help, Shannon reached out to an Tanzanian NGO, and found that addressing the gender inequalities that exist in rural Africa would be a worthy project.ShareInAfricaWeb.jpg

Girls who attend primary school in Tanzania struggle to become literate. While boys are encouraged to study or play, girls are expected to perform household tasks, such as collecting water, planting beans, washing clothes in the streams, and caring for their siblings, instead of pursuing their education. Without education, a girl’s only option is to marry early, and this bleak life continues...

 

 

Listen Now:


19
Jan
2011

Episode #20 Mentoring Magic

ShellieandClaudia-1.jpg

 

January is National Mentoring Month

The book Mentoring Magic: Pick the Card for Your Success is the result of a positive mentoring relationship that brought a student’s dreams to fruition. During her doctoral studies Claudia met Dr. Shellie Hipsky in a “Writing for Publication” class. Although Claudia knew she needed to get through the coursework and dissertation first, she had a goal of writing books someday. She approached her professor about it and they decided to meet for coffee to talk about publishing...

Visit to Order Your Copy:  Mentoring Magic

You will truly be inspired by their stories that they shared with Ordinary People.

Listen Now:


6
Jan
2011

Episode #19 Maria Sandoval

MariaSandoval.jpg

 

Listen to the compelling story of how Maria Sandoval's life story of living in Communist Cuba.  Maria, drempt of coming to the United States of America from the time she was a child because the conditions were so unfare.  She shares that she and her family were considered by friends to be traitors for wanting to leave behind their oppressed life in Cuba. 

Maria and her parents finally made it out of Cuba with the hope for a better life in the U.S.  She also shares that life in America means everything to her and how lucky she feels that her family is to have made it to the States.

Listen Now:


15
Dec
2010

Episode #18 Farley Flex

FarleyFlexWebsite.jpg

Knowing Yourself: Finding and Managing Your True Talent ~ Farley Flex.

Farley Flex, born in London, England, now living in Toronto, Canada, is a man with a plan!  He is a man that not only has a plan, but a man who executes his plan to the fullest when helping others who are in need.  Farley's plan of action to help others reaches across all boundries from all communities to all cultures... no one is excluded.  Farley is a humanitarian, mentor and a social activist.  He has worked as a Judge on Canadian Idol and worked as a National Ambassador for UNICEF.

Flex was recently named a National Ambassador for Unicef, appointed to the Special Advisory Council to the League of Human Rights, and awarded his second Bob Marley Community Role Model award, for his work in education... site source:  The Lavin Agency.

The beauty of Farley is that he attributes his compassion and love for helping other, to his mom.  He tells in the interview, that his mom has always been one who could never say no to someone who is in the need of help.  Thank you Farley, for your continuing contribution and inspiration to others and for making a real difference in the lives of others.  You and your mom are both truly Ordinary People doing the Extraordinary, so that puts you both in the category of Extraordinary People.

Listen Now:


4
Dec
2010

Episode #17 Grand Haven High School Green Club

GHHS.jpgOrdinary People hit the beach on September 25th to participate in the nationwide event “Adopt a Beach,” presented by Alliance for the Great Lakes.

The event began at 9:30am on location at Rosy Mound Beach in Grand Haven, MI.  Aside from cleaning the beach, we took record of our visit by identifying the general beach conditions, air temperature, testing the water quality and identifying potential pollution sources. 

We want to thank the Grand Haven High School Green Club for allowing Ordinary People Extraordinary Planet to participate with them in efforts to keep our beaches clean!

They are committed to make a difference by connecting with your community!

 

Also Vistit There Facebook Page:  GHHS G.R.E.E.N Club

 

Listen to the interview with the G.R.E.E.N Club and what they are doing to make a difference!

Listen Now:


2
Dec
2010

Episode #16 Russell Hayes

RussellHayes2.jpg

BAGHDAD – One Iraqi family learned that a large heart goes a long way to helping little people. Department of Defense contractor Sandra Beutler, a media analyst with Multi-National Force-Iraq, found a special place in her heart for an Iraqi family that has five children, three of whom are disabled with a form of dwarfism.

One of the children, 13-year-old Saja, cannot walk as a result of her affliction.  Beutler and other volunteers came up with the idea of providing a child sized wheelchair for Saja, so she could attend school. 

Beutler, known for her outgoing and caring nature, made more than 25 deliveries of donated goods and supplies to impoverished Iraqi families in the International Zone since she arrived in May 2007.  “One of my friends with the IZ Police was going to deliver some goods and I asked him if I could come along,” said Beutler.  Months later she continues to work to help the people of Iraq...

 

 Article Source: http://www.usf-iraq.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=18953&Itemid=128

Show Your Support and Also Visit : http://www.dwarfchildren.org/index.htm

Listen Now:


17
Nov
2010

Episode #15 Mary Kay Hoodhood

MaryKayHoodhood.jpg

Mary K. Hoodhood from Grand Rapids, Mich., received the 2010 Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama on August 4, as one of 13 winners from over 6,000 others who were nominated from across the country.

Her award was given to her for her courage and determination to create the "Kids' Food Basket" in Grand Rapids, Mich., to feed hungry children.

Site Source: Mary Kay Hoodhood's Story

Also Visit: kidsfoodbasket.org

Listen Now:


10
Nov
2010

Episode #14 Comedian Tom Simmons

TomSimmons.jpg

 

They say that "Laughter is the best medicine," and Ordinary People truely believes in that statement. We will broadcast an interview with Tom in the near future to get us all healthy. Tom, you are an Ordinary person doing Extraordinary things when you make us all laugh... not many can do that for a living, but you are! 

Visit Tom's Site: Comedian Tom Simmons

 

 

 

 

 

Listen Now:


9
Nov
2010

Episode #13 Kendall Ciesemier

Glamour Magazine, 2010 Readers’ Choice Award Winner: Kendall Ciesemier, 17, Wheaton, Illinois

KendallCe.jpg

 

In the fifth grade, Kendall Ciesemier suffered from a liver disease that required a liver transplant. She underwent her first transplant and it did not work, so she had to undergo a second transplant and that fortunately was successful. You would think that these events would have been to much for a fifth grader to handle, but Kendall did not let her situation get her down. Kendall is now 17 and living a full life and what she has done with her second chance at life is truly Extraordinary! Listen to what Kendall did to change the lives of others during her own struggles to survive.

Also Visit: Kids Caring 4 Kids

Listen Now:


6
Nov
2010

Episode #12 Nick Vujicic

 

NV.jpg

Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disability to live not just independently but a rich, fulfilling life, becoming a model for anyone seeking true happiness. His central message is that the most important goal for anyone is to find their life’s purpose despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in their way.  

What a true joy to speak with Nick!  He is not only compassionate, but has a great sense of humor as well.  This interview will transform your life.

"Life Without Limits, will transform your life one page at a time!"  Says, Ray Leonard host of Ordinary People. 

Visit Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limbs 

Listen Now:


21
Oct
2010

Episode #11 Bryan Mark Rigg on Education

 

BryanMarkRigg.jpgAt an early age Bryan Rigg was misunderstood and misdiagnosed by educators with the belief that he had a severe learning disability, which could have quite possibly ruined Bryan for life.  To the contrary, Bryan was later told by Mary Stewart a now retired school teacher from Texas Christian University, "Bryan you don't have a learning disability, you have a learning difference."  Being told, that he just learned differently opened a whole new experience for Bryan as a young boy.  Mary Stewart, who taught Bryan with care, understanding and compassion gave him a renewed self-esteem that carried him to new heights and opportunities for learning.

BRYAN MARK RIGG received a B.A. with honors in history from Yale University in 1996. Yale awarded him the Henry Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University, where he received his M.A. in 1997 and Ph.D. in 2002. He was a Professor of History at American Military University, he has served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His research for this book has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and London Daily Telegraph.

 

Bryan you are truly Extraordinary for overcoming the challenges and roadblocks that you faced at such a young age!

Biography site source:  http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/righit.html

For more information on Bryan Rigg, view his web site at www.bryanrigg.com

 Bryan,

I can't thank you enough for who you are and for your friendship. In our short time as friends, you have given me words of encouragement that have been uplifting and certainly made my days better for knowing you my friend!  Also a thank you, to Beorn Bricka (childhood friend) for introducing us.  Thanks Bear!
Sincerely,
 
Program Founder and Host
Ray Leonard
Listen Now:


1
Oct
2010

Episode #10 Television Host, Catherine Shreves

 

CatherineShreves1.jpg

 

If you would like to be inspired to make a difference in a place that most of us would never think to live or visit... then listen to Catherine's compelling story about Nicaragua, where she filmed and hosted a documentary on relief efforts for the poor in Central America. 

Catherine you are truly Extraordinary for the work you are doing to make a difference!

CatherineShreves12.jpg

Visit: Amigos for Christ to read more or even volunteer.

Also you can find Catherine hosting at:  Nola Marketplace and Beauty Breakthroughs with Cat or send her a facebook message at Catherine Shreves facebook.

Listen Now:


29
Sep
2010

Episode #9 Dr. Hans and Dr. Jon GVSU

 

GrandValleyMobileApplications1.jpg

 

 

The GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab (MASL) is pleased to announce the availability of GVSU Laker Mobile on the Google Android Market. GVSU Laker Mobile puts all things GVSU right into your pocket: Campus news, maps, tweets, web-cams, photos, videos, directory services and more! The application is also available on the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. You can read more about the application in our earlier announcement...

Information Source:  Mobile Applications & Services Lab
Listen Now:


15
Sep
2010

Episode #8 Dr. Alan Steinman

 

AlanSteinman2.jpg

 

Dr. Steinman talks about his work when he was with the South Florida Water Management District and his current work as the Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute.

Listen Now:


7
Sep
2010

Episode #7 Tasha Eichenseher

TashaEichenseher1.jpgTasha, examines Migratory Bird and Grey Water Projects in the Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana Region.
Make sure you've got some time to kill before diving into National Geographic's Web world, as you can easily pass hours digging into the depths of the global ecosystem and other eco-weighty subjects that other sites merely skim.

Read more: National Geographic in the Top 50 Best Websites 2010

Listen Now:


30
Aug
2010

Episode #6 Sandie Andersen

SandieAndersen2.jpg

Let Sandie's story inspire you to make a difference in the life of someone you don't know.  Sandie shared her love and passion for life by donating a kidney to a stranger!

Listen Now:


24
Aug
2010

Episode #5 Arturo Sandoval

ArturoSandoval.jpg

Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages.  He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace

Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home...

Site Source: http://www.arturosandoval.com/
Listen Now:


21
Aug
2010

Episode #4 Kendall Ciesemier

KendallCe.jpg

In the fifth grade, Kendall Ciesemier suffered from a liver disease that required a liver transplant. She underwent her first transplant and it did not work, so she had to undergo a second transplant and that fortunately was successful. You would think that these events would have been to much for a fifth grader to handle, but Kendall did not let her situation get her down. Kendall is now 17 and living a full life and what she has done with her second chance at life is truly Extraordinary! Listen to what Kendall did to change the lives of others during her own struggles to survive.

Also Visit: Kids Caring 4 Kids
Listen Now:


20
Aug
2010

Episode #3 Ford Sustainability Solutions

FordBlueOval3.jpg

Sustainable solutions

Ford is a pioneer in the use of biomaterials in vehicles. Ford was the first automaker to demonstrate that soy-based foams could be formulated to pass stringent requirements for automotive applications, starting with seats for the 2008 Ford Mustang and headliners for the 2010 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. The new 2011 Ford Explorer will become the 23rd model to feature soy foam.

With bio foam on more than 2 million vehicles, Ford has annually reduced its petroleum oil usage by more than 3 million pounds and its carbon dioxide emissions by 11 million pounds.

The use of soy content in automotive applications also supports American farmers. The United Soybean Board, which oversees investments of all U.S. soybean farmers for research and promotion efforts, works closely with Ford in an effort to get soy-based technology commercialized...

Full Article: Ford Media
Listen Now:


19
Aug
2010

Episode #2 Roy Juarez Jr. Homeless By Choice

 RoyJuarezjr5.jpg

Roy Juarez Jr. shares his story of personal loss and hardship when the four adults in his life including his mom and dad rejected him at the age of 14 years of age. The people he needed most gave him the least in his early years of life.Today, Roy is one of the most dynamic motivational speakers for the youth of today's generation.  Roy talks with "Ordinary People Extraordinary Planet's" founder and host, Ray Leonard about his forgiveness, triumph and love that he has developed in his character today.  

Visit: Homless by Choice Tour to help Roy achieve his goal of Reaching over 100,000 youth with his story of hope!!!
Listen Now:


12
Aug
2010

Episode #1 Pierre-Yves Cousteau

 

Pierre-YvesCousteau.jpgPierre-Yves shares with us the legacy of his father Jacques Yves Cousteau and the scientific work that he had done.  Plus he shares his exciting new adventures and studies that he is conducting today. 

Visit: Cousteau Custodians of the Sea Since 1943

Pierre-Yves in my opinion is truly a "New Generation Pioneer/Explorer" of the World's Oceans and Seas and "Ordinary People Extraordinary Planet" applauds you Pierre, for being one who is "Ordinary" doing the "Extraordinary" for our "Extraordinary Planet."   This puts you in the "Extraordinary People" category.

Listen Now:



Quantcast