Sunday Morning Magazine

Sundays 6:30am-7am

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.


To honor Martin Luther King Jr. Lorene Cary provides insights.

Lorene Cary is an author, social activist, an incredible story-teller, and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. With this being the weekend to celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, Lorene shares that she has been reading some of his writings and finding inspiration from them. We read the stories and we find how we are connected and share the same values.

The simple steps to get & keep our body healthy and balanced.

Aysha Morgan DPT, PT, OCS, is a physical therapist at PacMed where her mission is to help people stay mobile and flexible through life. Aysha aims to make it simple and easy to do right in our own environment. Plus it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, just 1 minute of stretching different muscles everyday adds up to a world of good flexibility and health. I think her nickname might be Dr. Practical. As a physical therapist Aysha’s goal is for people to ‘age gracefully’. The way to do this is to “move”, keep our joints in motion. Using me as an example, Aysha says that walking 30-min a day is good, and making sure to stretch our leg muscles right after the walk is very important. She has us think of ourselves as a car, keeping the 4 tires equally inflated: cardio, balance, stretching, strengthening.

Longterm weight loss for our health and well being: How Not to Diet Cookbook

Dr. Michael Greger is an internationally renowned nutrition expert, physician and founder of Dr. Greger is committed to prevention not cure. Basically he tells us that we need to eat a plant-based diet for our best health, and that will work to keep our BMI at a healthy level. A year ago Dr. Greger wrote of this in his book– How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss. This year he follows up with great support–The How Not To Diet Cookbook. Keeps it easy by having over 100 recipes that will provide good nutrition, vital health. He advises preloading at meals, an apple, a salad, some soup prior so that we have lower calories on the way to feeling satiated.

Noting PTSD in our healthcare workers during the CoVid pandemic. Dr. Goulston.

Dr. Mark Goulston is a board-certified psychiatrist and the creator and developer of Surgical Empathy, a process to help people recover and heal from PTSD, prevent suicide in teenagers and young adults, and help organizations overcome implicit bias. He is also an author of a number of books, the latest he has co-authored: Why Cope When You Can Heal?: How Healthcare Heroes of COVID-19 Can Recover from PTSD, While the focus is understandably on our healthcare workers, there’s important awareness about any of us also suffering PTSD as a result of some of our work or life circumstances.

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Pivot, a book, a concept on how to effectively manage challenges. Ravi Hutheesing.

Ravi Hutheesing is a cross-culture catalyst and founder of Ravi Unites Schools–a global school network that helps teachers and students make great connections across the glove. Ravi is also a musician/singer-song writer, and incorporates this in these cross-cultural connections. Ravi now has a great new book: Pivot: Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow. He’s an ideal person doing important work for all of us.

We can partner with Beef Counts & NW Harvest to help our neighbors!

Jackie Madill, Director of Consumer Information for the Washington State Beef Commission, and Camas Uebelacher, a cattle rancher in Othello and long time supporter of Beef Counts, tell of the collaboration with Northwest Harvest and the 1000 roast beef meals that will be provided this month to families struggling with food insecurities–this in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the involvement of the Washington beef community in supporting our neighbors in need. And a great way to thing of the beef donations during this 10 years is to equate this to hamburger patties that if they were stacked would equal 7 Mt. Rainiers!! This involvement invites us to support the work of Northwest Harvest and also help our neighbors in need.

Be part of the solution; "Nourishing Neighbors" provides funds for food.

Sara Osborne is with the Albertsons/Safeway Foundation right here in the Puget Sound and she has some great insights into their collaboration with Northwest Harvest and how together we are helping to provide food and nourishment to the struggling persons and families right here among us. The giving has a large focus in December, and last year the donations provided food into the Spring. We are doing well, with donations coming in, but the need is really huge. A big campaign in the stores this season is the donations of the virual bags as we check out. There’s a choice of $5, $10, or $12. There funds are earmarked by area and provide the grocery store gift cards to persons/families that are in need of food–so they can shop for the items that they need and use–Nourishing Neighbors. It’really a great concept that is working well.

Catch the spirit of the season–in song and support. It's Figgy Pudding Time.

‘Tis the Season for “Figgy Pudding” — launching the December holiday season, and supporting the important work of the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. There a different approach because it is virtual, but has all the fun elements. Mason Lowe, Deputy Director and Zoe Freeman aka “Head Figlet” and Programming and Member Services Manager, relate that since mid-March with all the changes, this organization has not missed a day in helping their seniors and some of the homeless population. One major source of funding has always been Figgy Pudding which is The Caroling Celebration in 2020, and donations can be made starting now! Vote for your favorite chorus or choruses! And Friday, December 11, 7:30pm, King 5 Evening, will feature a Figgy Pudding Special, celebrating 20 Figgy Years!

Build understanding & empathy. Read as a family. Sandy Tolen–The Lemon Tree.

Sandy Tolen is a professor at the University of California School for Communication and Journalism, and has an amazing resume–of reporting for NPR from around the world, writing for numerous national magazines, and is an author, having written “The Lemon Tree” 2006. Now Sandy has a new edition he’s written for youth. The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. This is such an important book for many reasons, one of which is we might find similarities to our lives today, right where we are. It’s a great book for all ages, and would be a good for for parents to read to their kids, and discuss.

Ways to be a good Elf, make donations to Hand in Hand Kids.

The holiday season is at hand, and time to think of how we celebrate in a different way. Hand in Hand Kids has provided Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations every year for Shohomish families, and this year it is happening–a little differently. Families will get to pick up their meals. The kids will get their gifts. And our support is needed. We can donate–cash, gift cards, or create a giving tree with a group. Porsche Thompsom and Brenna Romos work in Outreach, and provide some insights on how what this end of the year will look like.