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

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.


5/22/22 An unlikely journey from the orphanage to the boardroom. Ed Hajim tells a story.

Ed Hajim lived many years of his young life in foster care even though his father wanted to be his parent. Ed made the best of these early years to become a great husband and father, as well as a Wall Street executive. He shares his experiences in his book ‘On the Road Less Traveled–an Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom’. We all can learn some great life lessons, and this would be a great read for youth–might be a good grad gift!

5/15/22 Part 2: Johnna French – Allergy awareness week is a good time to talk about almond butter

at 5:45am: Johnna French is a foodie and food blogger who brings information about food allergies for food awareness week. Peanut allergies are one of the big food items that trigger alleriges in kids and adults, so Johnna shares recipes and ideas using almond butter which include a great salad dressing and an almond butter and jelly banana bread bar.


5/15/22 Part 1: Dr. Masae Kawamura – TB (tuberculosis) anywhere is TB everywhere

on Sunday Morning Magazine: Dr Masae Kawamura is a tuberculosis clinician, an expert consultant for CDC’s division of Tuberculosis Elimination. She discusses the largest and worst outbreak of TB in Washington in the last 20 years. Covid 19 likely played a role, so it’s important to be vigilant and use good procedures such as masks, and sanitation in dense living situations such as correction facilities, nursing homes, homeless shelters.