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Spotlight: Tiffany Reese

by Nichole on April 18, 2014

For today’s spotlight, we thrilled to feature Tiffany Reese. If we were going to be stranded on a desert island with anyone, she would be our first choice hands down! Because cake…

If you could invent anything to solve an existing problem, what would it be? Tiffany Reese

A cure for Autism, to help other children like my son Jude. Not because I need my son to “be normal” but because watching your child struggle daily is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Additionally, a cure for intolerance, racism and overall douchery.

What is your favorite hobby?

Pinning things on Pinterest I will absolutely never have the patience for. (Follow me! @LookieBoo.)

What would you most like to be known for?

Loving others unconditionally. Being a great Mom. Someone who doesn’t put their pride before an apology. A woman who puts others first but knows when to prioritize herself. A wife that pressures her husband to be happy not wealthy. A friend that can listen without judgement and self-projection. Lastly, I’d like to be known for having a really nick rack.

If you were on desert island (with no electricity and internet connection) what 5 things would you want with you?

I’m going to pretend my family is already with me, because otherwise this island stinks. Music, cake, journal, Benefit’s Brow-zing kit and more cake. When do we leave?

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My husband Michael, hands down. He is my best friend, partner in crime, shopping partner, co-parent, etc. He has taught me so much about integrity and loving others. Every night feels like a slumber party. Okay almost every night. Sometimes he leaves his dirty socks on the ground and I get really mad.

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Spotlight: Gregory Shaffer

by Nichole on April 17, 2014

Today, we’re chatting with the delightful Gregory Shaffer.

The last question we asked him? Well, he’s nailed that in spades.

Gregory Shaffer

If you didn’t have to worry about your job and lack of time, which side project would you start?

A program that could be called “Smart Talk.” The goal would be simple, to work with youth (let’s say 12 years and older) who want to be able to express themselves better in spoken communication. The goal would be that these youth could do four things at the end of their experience with Smart Talk. Smart Talk would allow them to: 1) Introduce themselves in an interesting and compelling way AND be able to truly listen well as others introduce themselves; 2) Be aware how to best communicate their talents during an interview, but it for a job or someone simply interested in what they do; 3) Give a short (5-8 minute) talk (I don’t want to call it a speech that scares people) that is well organized and is above all engaging, interesting and entertaining to listen to; and 4) Be equipped to share the excitement and confidence that comes from these essential communication abilities with others. (Hey, looks like I might of just come up with a post-retirement game plan for myself.)

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

While my wonderful wife of 26 years, and my parents are high on the list, the greatest influence in my life was Nanny, my paternal grandmother. She was, and even years after her passing remains, the truest source of inoculation against falling ill to the trying challenges that life offers us. Her gifts to me are endless, but at the top are the ability to see beauty all around me, to tell stories, to love unconditionally (she could do it, I’m still working on it), to seek adventure, to always be learning and delight in that learning, and to strive to live a life that others might find some merit in emulating.

If you could invent anything to solve an existing problem, what would it be?

An acceptance stone. It would imbue the carrier with the ability to accept themselves and others. Judgments of faiths, lifestyles, and personal choices would slip away. For the eyebrow raisers reading this, it would not have us accept injury to another, but it would have us accept there is good in all and must be cultivated. Once touched the benefits would never fade, there would be a limitless supply. To be clear it would not make us all the same, just the opposite it would allow self-expression to flourish. It would solve the problem of hurtful judgment and prejudice and cruelty to ourselves and others.

What time period would you live in if you could have live at any time? Why?

Hummm, let’s pick a date, say the year 2907, 893 years in the future. A couple hundred years from now I’m sure there will be things will be different, but also in many ways life will be the same. 5,000 years in the future, just too strange to even consider. But 893 years from now, what will communication, transportation, nutrition, education, governments look like and how will people behave? I’d enjoy seeing how things pan out. And, I’d like to make a time capsule and carry it deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains and bury it there and then find it again in 2907 and share with my new friends and see what they thing about the past.

What would you most like to be known for?

Kindness.

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Spotlight: Michelle Lamarca

April 15, 2014

Today, we’d like you to get to know Michelle Lamarca a bit better… we’re certain you’ll find her as lovely as we do. Who is the person closest to you? Why? The person closest to me is my fiance. He is the one person I feel I can truly be myself with all the time. He has the ability to make me feel a part of something greater and like a true partner and at the same time completely free to be myself. We dated when we were teenagers and made the mistake of ending our relationship, now 29 years later we found our way back to each other. He is truly my other half. Who has been the greatest influence in your life? I don’t believe one single person has been the greatest influence in my life. I feel that every person that I have interacted with has been influential to me. […]

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UC Davis Children’s Hospital Sponsors LTYM Sacramento

April 14, 2014

We are happy to announce that the UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a local sponsor of the Listen to Your Mother in Sacramento. We are very grateful to be supported by such a wonderful organization. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the only nationally ranked, comprehensive children’s hospital in our region. It’s committed to ensuring the health and well-being of children by promoting wellness through patient care, education, research and community service and by providing a regionally and nationally recognized center for innovative children’s health care, making available the very best care possible. We are also grateful to Hayleigh Munoz who has agreed to share her personal story and experience with UCD Children’s Hospital:   My Moment by Hayleigh Munoz I looked to my left, and in the darkest hours of the night I could just make out their faces. My husband, Aaron, so handsome and sleeping so soundly, with his head barely on […]

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Spotlight: Jeanne Alongi

April 11, 2014

Today, we’re kicking off our cast spotlights and we’re thrilled to introduce you to Jeanne Alongi. We asked her a few questions about herself to help you get to know her a bit… Where did you live between the ages of 9 and 12? Tell us a bit about it. I grew up a tiny town in rural New Jersey. No stop lights. Just a handful of stop signs actually. 14 kids in my entire grade. Firehouse breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. The whole town would come out for the Halloween Parade and the Christmas Tree lighting. Mrs. Rambo at the general store would always give us a handful of Swedish fish when we went in to pick up the groceries. It was a beautiful way to grow up. I confess though the entire time I plotted how would move to New York City, get an apartment, write novels, never […]

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