Sunday Morning Magazine

Sunday Morning Magazine is a local Seattle podcast featuring guests from local non-profit agencies, authors and specialists in the fields that are the focus of each weekend's informative conversation. These focus areas include education, environment, charities, crime, health, domestic issues, and youth.

Latest Episodes

8/07/22: Elaine Parke – Know Who You Are! Self reflection and self awareness = a great life.

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Elaine Parke is our beginning of the month guest as we make the month by month journey through her book ‘The Habits of Unity–12 Months to a Stronger America’. The theme for August is: Know Who You Are! It’s an ideal focus on self awareness with the resulting awareness that each of us can and do make a difference. We need to focus on the constructive, the uplifting, the good energy that we can spread to each and everyone we meet. And don’t we know that the world is in great need of us doing this.


7/31/22: Thomas Vozzo – The pain that drives young people into gangs, a major solution in LA

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Thomas Vozzo is a global business executive who left that world when he saw the injustices and is now the unpaid CEO of Homeboy. In his book “The Homeboy Way: A Radical Approach to Business and Life” Thomas relates his story and finding his way to volunteering at Homeboy Industries in LA. Founded 30 years ago this very successful entity assists former gang members and those who have been in prison build a new and fulfilling life. Thousands of these former gang members have come through the doors to find counseling, education, housing and good employment. Thomas provides insights into the shattered lives these individuals have come from.

7/24/22: Life after trauma. Boy From Buchenwald–The Story of a Holocaust Survivor.

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Susan McClelland is a journalist, and an author of some special books–ones that focus on the life of children, young people in war-torn lands. Her latest is Boy from Buchenwald–The True Story of a Holocaust Survivor. The young boy is Robbie Waisman who moved to Canada in 1948 following rescue from a concentration camp and some years of education in France. This is a very tough story, but one that needs to be read, for numerous reasons–among them to understand the horrors and atrocities of war and the resilience of human beings.


7/17/22: Mitch Mitchell – Give procrastination the boot & make a will = peace of mind

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Mitch Mitchell was an attorney in private practice, but now is Associate Counsel of Estate Planning at Trust & Will, an online platform that both educates in a broad spectrum of all things related to this aspect of life planning, and also offers the option to create a will or a trust. He’s with us to provide some insights and details on wills primarily and all the reasons to have one, have it notarized, and let key people in your life know you have it and where it is. It is key to protecting your possessions and ensuring that they are passed on to the persons you want to have them. The website is a great learning space.


7/10/22: Jay McDonald – Tap into your creativity–Be a prudent risk taker. Find a different perspective.

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Jay McDonald is an executive Leadership Coach and the author of ‘Strategic Jaywalking: The Secret Sauce to Life & Leadership Excellence’. While Jay has worked with many industries and coaching professionals, his insights and experiences apply to any of us in any situation–strategic thinking, or thinking outside the box. It’s a great tool for parents, a great tool for youth moving onto college, or the recent college graduate. He suggests becoming aware of our purpose, being a prudent risk taker, and knowing that we learn both from fortune and adversity.

www.JayMcDonald.com Twitter: @jaymmcdonald

7/03/22: Elaine Parke – Become Involved, practice each day of the month, and create a habit for Unity.

on Sunday Morning Magazine: On the first weekend of each month we meet Elaine Parke, the creator of the Habits of Unity, and this is an ideal weekend to consider this acknowledging that this weekend is more than simply partying. We can potentially take this day to consider our role, what we can and need to do to be part of the solution for Unity. From her book The Habits of Unity Elaine shares some actions and inspirational quotes that provide ideas for the focus of July: Become Involved! Reach out to a neighbor, offer some childcare time for a Mom who needs some ‘me’ time, pick up some trash along the road. And for the 4th of July, Elaine includes a famous quote from Pres. John F Kennedy: ….Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.


6/26/22: Dr. Nazir Ibrahim – Journey to a dinosaur dig in the Sahara

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Dr. Nazir Ibrahim is a world-renowned paleontologist who teaches at the University of Detroit-Mercy, and leads expeditions to Africa’s Sahara (and discovering a new dinosaur–spinosaurus). He’s preparing for a new expedition scouting for a longer one in the fall. More discoveries are buried in that sand. Dr. Ibrahim is a natural and engaging teacher, and directs us to a couple of new dinosaur books: 1000 Facts about Dinosaurs, Fossils, and Prehistoric LIfe, and Weird but True! Dinosaurs.


6/19/22: Nita Whittaker – Wisdom for life, for creating the bonds that make us better and stronger.

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Nita Whittaker is an incredible woman, a singer who has sung with some of the biggest names of our time, is a former Miss Louisiana, is an author, and a daughter who honors her father in a beautiful book: When Your Hand is in The Lion’s Mouth–The Life and Wisdom of a Man Named Green. It’s a invaluable insignt into Green’s long and devoted life, a life based in faith and love. In honoring her father, Nita’s provides us with a wonderful way of gifting our own fathers. And it certainly helps us have insights for Juneteenth.


6/12/22: Feel empowered to help the people of Ukraine with medical supplies through a local non-profit

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Liliya and Maksym Kovalenko. Liliya is the President of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State and along with Maksym are strongly involved in preserving and presenting their Ukrainian cultural heritage locally. June is a big fund raising month with a Teddy Bear Drop taking place to provide the bears to comfort children. And there’s a big need for medical supplies, and a big effort to supply Neo-natal units as there are many emergency birthing situations in the Ukraine. Liliya and Maksym share about the great need for medical support for pregnant women, for premature infants, and for the elderly, and that donations of any amount make a difference. www.uaws.org

6/05/22: Elaine Parke – June is the month dedicated to 'Reach Higher'. Make it special in your life.

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Elaine Parke is our beginning of the month launch author as we make the month by month journey through her book ‘The Habits of Unity–12 Months to a Stronger America’. June invites us to focus on “Reach Higher”. It’s completely an individual situation but we can imagine that if each one of us decides to make this decision each day, beginning today, what a greater and stronger self we can be, and thus a more vital country. Each day in the book, or online, we find inspiring quotes to give us a boost, encouraging us to break free of procrastination.