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Mar 7, 2016|

Guests Stephanie C. Ellis, Kellen Prouse, Samantha Kendall, and T.Katz join Greg and Deanna to discuss issues affecting our community right here in the Northwest.

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Welcome to conversations good morning I'm your host Greg Thomas asked thank you for spending some time with us here this weekend. Joining me this segment is Stephanie see Alice she's the public relations director for girl scouts of western Washington good morning good morning it's great to have you here today thank you and join us as we look at the issues that affect us here at home our community. And across the nation it's that time of year again when you're rushing outsider grocery store or a bigger events are. Just from the parents and your office it's time to be tempted to. By Girl Scout Cookies I'm offend men tag along got myself. In Washington it's always tough to see. The girl and her mom or girl her dad being rained upon outside always breaks my heart but it seems to be great tactic to give me to buy cookies is the thing. Now on the Stephanie do you ever feel guilty that just is. I'm working off the sweet holiday treats those bureau of the Girl Scouts showing up with more temptations. I don't advise cookies and I can't say no you work for the organization you do. I tell you like everybody else what is the main thing that the cookies go to benefit from with the Girl Scouts just a million different things actually girls get to decide what they wanna do with their cooking money into so it's at the largest girl led business and the war calm cool air of their own cookie buses which means with the profits they can do whatever they want they. Some of them go to Europe. They travel within this country within this state. Sun begins to so many important community organizations they donate to food banks sometimes the team up with the humane society of the Seattle humanity she's may do. And yet that's actually huge beneficiary Seattle humane as for. Our girls cooking money and their time is it by a troop visit by paid sick leave I have worked well I don't know what the different organizational groups are you guys whatever they want like for example into when he 1556. Troops' tours in Seattle he Maine that's not even including. Making dog blanket donated pet food cat litter money. For their food program I mean it just it that's a lot of girls. This year with Seattle humane you're working on something really special the Girl Scouts dog cookie recipe contest. Where did you come up with a sigh yeah how did it starts tell me everything about it please close. We we worked this data email last year actually on Somalis forty expert and we had a birthday party for dogs and outs. And we just had so much fun we thought how can we extend mess but as you know our cookies are only consumed by human future rate is so we thought well we do have a recipe contest for humans Sorrell people make really awesome recipes using our cookies with ally not extended to dot. And make it with dog friendly ingredient obviously not for sale Turk. But your dog companion can join in the fun of cookie scam that's so incredible so just people from the community are submitting their own ideas. Yeah how we approach like over 250 bloggers who and we had pretty good number of them submit some recipes and least I narrowed it down to the top five finalist. Which now that community can vote on those top five for your favorite. The sixteen I Girl Scouts WW that's Girl Scouts western Washington dot org. Slash recipe contest. Pets are great and can know what to what kind of cookies are we talking about here what if people come up with. Will we asked folks to come up with cookies inspired by our human cookies fraiche or so we got loud alarm. At which are distinct care around. Okay worsens stocks can have chocolate sure we've got the dog sea dogs which I swear it looked just record OC I think at the and we have some dodgy Samoa was cookies we have pumpkin care and cookies. And we he had no. My little dog child or every day gets I get to scoop pumpkin was her food you'll extra fiber and that some may refer a week there would be a chance to sell out. Charter would like that and check out our. It's very creative. And then this one which is actually pretty cool. The woman made it for her chickens pet but it also available for dogs and actually all these which kind of blows my mind completely human friendly to. No man don't tell me that because it's true thing I need to midnight snack or something I rather embryos that are. And I couldn't have so I'm more than willing to try them as well look that's I also know when it comes to these cookies how long do we have to vote on the east they have until March 12. But it till march 12 so still about a week that you cannot be active and get on there and what is the voting. It's already started do we have any early favorites is we have any I earlier now later. I know carrot. Now we know the Girl Scouts well first off I'll pull its donors over the cookies were quick here on the list that went of the cookies a Girl Scout Cookies on sale I know just small window every year which will bring mine to I want them here. The winner how much longer do we have to say you have until March 20. Because of the started the beginning of mart's other world says okay this would until recently sorry Friday she and other onto the twentieth and so we'll see all or Girl Scouts standing outside the various places and mom and dad will be coming through our. Offices and our hallways and stuff with reforms it's funny to it that the for the forms are happened that. There are a little bit and notes delivery time you will go and Chad regression restoring you'll come out with Girl Scout Cookies and that that's so awesome two million a box to of that now what is your favorite girl scout cookie if you had to choose just why I struggled. You know I got that then meant semi was sort of quandary now khakis basically do it by whenever my notice that day. Last year I bought like three or four boxes of thin mints and and I put two sleeves in the freezer the reason I mean it's all about September. Before eight the last few even. Late full disclosure I forgot how you got from what I like a forgotten that they were there and I think. We'll wonderfully surprised painted. It was a wonderful support yeah now that's a fantastic way to do it federal for an doesn't like chocolate doesn't like that looks at ticket gonna use them here match up. And then now we live in Seattle uninteresting Pulitzer or any of these what we're open to diets and everyone's different restrictions and it's very and once when it comes to food were very open minded kid that's how we are any of these cookies available for vegetarians and begins the night is probably all vegetarian cousin Ian got. Within minutes to begin. Yes and we do have a gluten free. Very limited quantity though so fly an off the shelves as we speak. Now we're moving into the year Tony sixteen you were like fully into it and I think of a traditionally when I go to give my cookies that I talked to nice girl scout a mom or dad something that's standing somewhere and I end up taking too many boxes home or preference kid is doing in and and I end up buying those of the guy comes out from upstairs from Kenneth W or whatever it is. For the first time my friend took an order from beyond not Twitter last year for his kid and she was operator in the Twitter into a box of cookies help what what are the Girl Scouts do digital lead to buy cookies now. I know we've got it and digital cookie 2.0 now. FF eight year old school so really girls can neither around and you know online have their own online store not a test and basically they just invite friends and family to order from them and some don't that's works out really well if you have somebody who lives in another state and then it smells them directly to them. I'm surprised I haven't been held up now from my end nieces to move to buy from them that's fun. On and to find girls Decker keys you can go to Girl Scout Cookies dot org or pitcher mobile cookie locator app by dialing GS cookies. Under mobile phone a star. GS cookies on your mobile phone that's fantastic so. We think of I think a lot of people think of the Girl Scouts for these two weeks a year where you've raised an amazing amount of awareness. For the organization what goes along the rest of the year with a cruel Scott took organization a pal Laura what do we trying to achieve here outside of eagle scout cookie sales. While will it mean it's very leadership based great leadership empowerment. Found confidence filled mean in our mission is cross cuts of courage confidence and character you make the world a better place so everything girls do all yearlong. Were you we and builds on the scales so whether it's extending like I said where they donate their cooking money they'll go to food banks. They'll go to nursing homes still sing with people. They build community garden they come and do a lot of environmental work girls are studying marine debris. I mean like I could just go on and on about the amazing things girls do and it's all really. About giving back to your community and it's about making the world a better place and the girls decide what does that look like what is Mike meaning being mean to. What what needed says that I can fell in June. Between a network of like parents that are hope organizing this in the kids' decisions they come up with their own missions they do. That's fantastic a 100% girl led so it's problem solving at the same time then it is an and we do have a program girl scout gold award. Which is where they take it another step further and girls actually spend a really long time making up creating a project. That address as a community or global named. I'm unfamiliar with Boy Scouts because I was abortion as a kid. Hmmm what level does Girl Scouts go to for girls I think are traditionally think of me you know loan of between six and ten year old girl all the selling cookies somewhere but look how far does this program lean burn through twelfth grade. Is there the equivalent of an eagle scout in the girl scout you gold award well OK yeah. I take it all the way out of the Cold War and we have some really awesome women who are girl scout alone name in this community to. Who really do a lot to get back and support mentor girls to. So it just it goes on I mean you're always a girl scout for life exist under the girl scout I do. And that's super cute. He did have a picture of myself my MI uniform with a madman named so it's hanging on my refrigerator term mind me notes. You know how I work for this place that I have always loved. Now another example you email me an example of should continue low about a Girl Scouts and atonement would you like to dress up as cookies. Oh what can I say it's it's my eight year around Halloween costumes. That's fun to that likes to dress up by the not everyone but both a lot of people like to dress up you're giving yourself an occasion for now you ran into somebody that important to the Seattle world's. Just a little bit and the music world in general told us the story I did yes so my obsession basically extends to get everyone I meet to dress up as a cookie so. When I ran into Dave Matthews at the and I. I that was the only thing I could think to ask him first of all do on you Dave Matthews from watching now for your help we like that's good. But you also grew way to go to a gym that you're just not hanging out in your approached him out and I didn't ask for an autograph for anything I just went right to business day. Would you be willing to dress up as a girl scout cookie. And he was super nice super approachable he said. Well you know I can honestly say that's never been a dream of mine but I like to make people's dreams come true so off about it. Test and then he said why did you ask me that. Ozzie didn't preface it oh no boats through Africa a couple of. So that is the group to put some of its all of you do that I drew our apparent stranger via good he is in a new I don't know Gregor can help. So Dave Matthews whose name I now we need you to step up and dressed in particular don't suppose a cookie for. We need me to that would be at a fund. Oh okay so again a couple things that are going on right now this cookie season for another week yard of the couple weeks you can buy your cookies at the various places you're going out to find the kids and the parents outselling all your favorites and mental. And then on the other one as you of another week ago these cookies worth barking about the girl scout dog cookie recipe contest say the different the finder for once again for me please Lejeune. Are we got the dog and chicken cookies. I can't he somehow was we've got the wag alongs. We've gotten. Now I know chowder loves herself some peanut butter also and I'm guessing that got wide alone might have a little pupil I am so you actually have a lot of veteran and I think I might be that might be my votes and I'll select a tag along a wide long sounds Fuller is a film she Morse she wiggles more than nine Seattle's fifth acquittal on a day ago. Dual scout WW dot org excuse me it's Girl Scouts WW dot org. Slash recipe contest two votes today and the fighters also girl's got a piece picks them up. And not help the Girl Scouts raise money to do the things that they wanna do that's so important to find that. Stephanie thank you so much for joining us today thing Tokyo. Well it's not easy pins on your PC acoustics. I let us join in this segment we're talking about food a lot more than just food who looked like it is Symantec and all sick how close not lady C am. Hey Louisiana how are you loving every minute now look. You I'm so glad that you we finally got to connect and talk on you are the author of the book light through lasagna eyes the recipe for life. And calm at first when I read the title sounds like. What is the cook was on you all the time what's going on but then I got to know that has to deal with the different layers of life you. Cook assigned him for a living is all so it looks like two of the two things combined. So it's funny little bit about yourself and your passion for lasagna. Like you know like here's a pic com you know I'm in lady I am I'm. Mother and the public out there I loved the cut back my passion and envelope I am I found it through. Like strictly their right losing my oldest starter but I tell you a little bit about me. I've but I have humor you. Use food and humor and I also use they're paying you know being their perch and that balance app with the humor though I am just. I Britain. Lots of fun it was flip side yet everything I did copy that to me. So how you the before we. Start talking about the book how did you kind of fall in CEO cooking lasagna and I I saw that either like healthier versions of lasagna how to back kinda did you go to school work. Bomb fur for cooking basically lower. No actually you know what my background and is it. Is an executive administration. Can't tell you I've been making lasagna now for over a decade and a half I would actually make the product and I would give it away so I would use some type of fund raisers for churches I would is. It surprised the way I made so much it but I would just give it away and it just became a passion for me I want my children to eat healthier if they allow. Look back you know quite all star her favorite thing in the world what bacon and right. And I can't compete with fat. And asked not. I'm taking out a Tanya parted yes you do do they can sign OK so then do you make your own pasta. We have our topic fresh every day that cop is different aspect every single day. Website. Yet but it would step Debbie Debbie that's it gourmet or buying it back out. Now I do you sell the lasagna as well that you make out. Yes we do you out and I did at hopeful. In the mid west. Region. That they felt whomever writing I have so many varieties that they felt 21 at the directly. Are we vegetable that I am in that went abruptly as has started reading it and then they also fell RKL vegetable or finding basic hale is the start treaty. And if any listener if anyone is not living at mid western region that he go to their local whole foods store. I tell them hey we want imperialist I hate here and they've located there. House. On day do you are you now hold in the resign him and by accident not the center of the whole foods. Yeah call. You know and a facility here in Chicago but when I first started in humble begin any yeah I started my kitchen with my kids yeah. You guys take these but no we have a facility here is what I guess. And Hank are right just checking you. SM mean you resigned you know let me in Austin to my hats are definitely getting it had not had an eye out on the talents sounds and smells great calories in affects. So now how about your book like lasagna eyes the recipe for life. I am back I recipes for life it's a punk that unfold. I mean it's like O'Leary technique but I'm in LA airing technique where you have your face not only have your copy and you're teaching heavier ingredients. And that's like it each one of those. So you put them all together you put any other and if you come out with the legal heat exit chapter eight. Loving again so it really just building a layer out like he's in there so alike in the new. It means something to the top eight something like even achieve by talk about the chief in chapter three and it. That is. You know kind of like when people hold it together when your kind of on the part I related the cheese and I knew when she locked into the ingredients a lot of labor work. Now it's. Either you keep people within your life you know but it's something has been your greatest hurt your greatest pain. I'm holding you up to hold here on that at that hey you know what you can make it behead your cheat people thought I use the layering technique then I patch it. Related to life. Yeah he mentioned season as you saying you know these the people in your life the whole job Michael and I love cheese and I can mention three or four those people right now you know. That's really funny on so Tommy and the tragedy that that's happening your life as far as losing your your when your to your child. I oldest starter in the act Alan B. Life if that beautiful young lady on Valentine's Day at every 141006. She was going out for Valentine's with her friend issue in the car waiting and I want walked into the car and opened higher and unfortunately she was the only one did not make it. So. That was a part of my life where it hit OK got you know do like continue littler and I had to pay parity made strategic alliances with the store could be right back. Or read can't wait a miracle happen and I got a call from a community that they hey we express our condolences to you. I'm however this community is is demanding your product so I got my aunt said it was for me to continue. And I think about and that would have wanted me to continue as well she always had this saying to me. Comment she is growing up she always that do you ma oh you know even if like Europe now I just remember her saying do you mind and that's exactly what I'm doing. How old Lucy. Eighteen year old eats you know Casey kept him before they'll make her proud. Yes you not want to know from above lines some of that assigning you know I app that's so do you incorporate that story in your book is well. After yet I do in manner fact there's a part in here. And where it talked about her humble little. Little bit you know and then there's an acknowledgment that there and then they're like lessons learned and there's one part in the book where at this debate the music back playing in that hat. Deal with her. I'm losing her in right B. Before that not my ex husband walked out on and so that was like a double whammy the lead in here. But then it also you know talks about. Lee passed make would be capped at moving forward on the dance like expect hurt and then they agreed it pained which is leaving my daughter's. So how do you compare like in the book is your use you do talk about the Lear's. Of the lasagna and then life so moving forward what layer is that. Sport. Layer for me would be at wanna say chapter one and her life and then at all. And if I can incorporate. You know the last chapter chapter eight and loving again. You know if there was a practice I had to go through their forgiveness and you know just really. Police forgiving forgetting that means that it is my tartar forgiving my ex or. You know abandoning oh it's chapter one life in the noble and I would at this stage after eight loving again. Then now in the book. The light through lasagna eyes do you give out the recipe for lasagna as well. And my second book in that the that requests and my second buck I am going to be giving a number recipes and this one. I wanted to focus on people you know fighting their passion and. In how to it and then there's some funny stories and hear it well gut wrenching funny story in here in oh factual. Then well I'm helped or whatever process therein but in my second book I will be doing that yet. OK I wanna hear one of the stories. Okay at this series. Okay there let. There at the young boy I was hit shaft. I'm very my doctor yeah and this was the part where I was just so you know. I was completely around and I needed to pull over so I pulled over and I was at this park and I put and I get on the bed I sat down in it kid it was a school right at the park and the kids work swing on a swing plane and they read that and then reconnect. Just about Indy and all the kids lining up the teacher column already there is one Blaine he just kept we. Can't that teach you realize that it's. WellPoint was filled with him when she came out and when he came out. The future at a column and it was. Self body and I laughed. The very first time I laughed so hard act as a gag you know he knew I needed to elect he knew I needed and I am so heart yak equipment's got to play. On his own so the defense stopped the tee to help. We can help educate about the health of the that was it was cute it was funny he would laugh. Trying to hold it but it was so funny. And I OK sell on do you have that is so I know you have this book but do you have any any cookbooks. I am going to be working on that until I do not have any could. Not currently operate on your website though you do give recipes on the on the website as far as how to make your lasagna and where people can get it correct. I have. I have where they can get it I don't have. Have recipes. Say on there but I am we are in the process of putting some on there and then I believe I did it and every few. And they actually posted one of the recipes that does hat. A picture with the and it's our black being our future look on it with eyes turkeys that. All about the lasagna your ever move on from below signed into like another meat pasta dish. You know I'm thinking about it I act. It probably is that they would I rate the pound key and you know if they get he and I I am sure that I can't and then you know but yeah I. Look I'm your girl. Yeah so you're not you're Italian are you. I mean I you know I I I I've not. But I tell you my grandpa you know he gave me what our origin is so. It told me that you know. That list that you kiddo the idea. Maybe it is a little Italian in there. I think so yeah it's not clear answer and. Do you like you and what I've around. You know I have a lot of brand that are. You know they're from Italy and I tell you they've all got to meet his family is so funny now it is played Evernote. You know why because you Mason's name and we'll zionists and like Casey's part of the families the I currently about how many different types of lasagna and looking for a number had you made. OK and that an excellent question. I can't give the exact number but I'll be hitting three three did it in. Her but I get out I can do that you know I get it back now. Your clothes so a hundred. Different is like yeah can get an do you write down the recipes for all the lasagna as you make. I write down on a recipe and make yet and then also I developed that kept them out note that as a whole. Old practice but after. Yeah now so I'm howdy recruit people to test your lasagna because at Al ticket trip to Chicago. Think you know I guess your pilot and I put out their content of the book every now and then I'm like okay you know I created you know I'd been some people you make it that the of one or two that'll pay act now on that come. Come back it fine but it Alec are about to be a winner and then you know you can still tweak in his old being good I like to keep it. In my we do these different apps that. We do use fresh ingredients. We make our own special tee boxes so not. None of our boxes everything that's found in it or not at the build. So we do make everything or. I'm right well Samantha it's been a pleasure talking to you can you let everyone know how they can get their hands on your book light through lasagna i.'s arrest you for life. Absolutely big Indiana for having me they can get that book from Amazon.com. They can also go I'm Barnes & Noble any on. Online bookstore they be able to I get there and then they're low. Local store in your area that will ordered the book for you in bringing to. Is that and sore right in your website Freel is on your former time did that instead you got it for me that I get back on doesn't get. Okay see and they don't just talking to me thank you CNN conversation the public affairs program on disease. Welcome to conversations I'm your host Greg Thomas asked takes first and some time with us this weekend joining me the segment is Colin Powell's a young man afflicted by multiple sclerosis. Just have a positive attitude means words to help others feeling their way through a tough diagnosis and that's an uncertain path. Life changing turn of events good morning Kellen. Good morning. Join us as we look at the issues that affect us here at home and our community and across the nation. The Pacific northwest see some of the highest occurrences of multiple sclerosis in the nation Kellen. It's a proud author of wheels and rent its website document in the challenge of living with MS with a positive all look at how much fun you can still have a living life. March is national MS awareness month and Killen seeks to do his part to help those struggling seed there's the possibility for a pretty great life. He's a husband father and western Washington on disability and able to make it all work and it's it's quite impressive Kellen what do you what do you do what's your thing what do what do you into. What went there but right now it's just live in light to the fullest and it's just getting mountain. Spending as much time with my family. Adventure around the Pacific northwest and sharing it are we weren't. Well we were you diagnosed with a mass. I was diagnosed as being 2010. At the Egypt when he tied. Which is kind of a lot of people think that's. Pretty young age to be diagnosed but it's it's actually really comment to be diagnosed. Kind of but it is correct when he took forty. And so there's actually quite a few people diagnosed that you know. It's got to be a tough pill to swallow when you first find out how did you. First over the first symptoms that you had what how was how did you diagnosis go. For me. I did bin. Tina Cain doctors are right back for a long time. For about an early year markets or the now long let. And IE my leg he'd gone down. And they. They kind of actually not that well you probably got a pensioners and back your back is it the best so they probably aren't as great. And then they got it MRI of mired lower back and by eight. Just by chance steaks topped a little bit of my image behind the threat expired. And they found. Some lesions which is typical that acts. Which is the scarring that and that's lead on the spine. What are their real quickly count on in Europe but. I just don't really understand exactly what MS is can you give us an example to load helped better understand it. Yeah yeah lecture. So and that's is. Chronic illness that affects the central nervous system. Predominately the spinal cord it and who the brain. And and that's blocked. That nerve signal. And leaves scars and it's it's similar to if you have headphones. They get raided. And all the sudden they start cutting out. It's it's the exact same thing with your central nervous that. Oh man. Yeah. So you need to find some lesions were this is starting to happen to your nervous system and then. What's so how does that follow them like other looks like it could be a problem do you go through a series of MRIs than to try and pinpoint it. Yes so then. After they've found the the that you lesions so I went through and and got a series. Or more MRI it's trying to promote lower lower back all the way up to the brain. And they you look through and see it you know you have anymore lesions. And then the other thing they do it if they do you are. A lumbar puncture which sounds it's. Not nearly as part of that sounds. Good doesn't it doesn't sound fine that's great confidence. So. They go in and movies you had told you Spinal Tap. Yet to get final thing they think that they dropped. And cerebral spinal fluid premier. Spinal cord. And they test it for. I proteins. To see if there's. This protein and it starting called. Obey and and it's one of those things where if you have Obey and hurt you don't necessarily. But they have. I get into Vietnam and so on. But if you. Just because you have Obama doesn't mean that you haven't amassed right correct correct thank you yes. Look so and you did. Yes yeah I had Obey him and then. You know a lot of people when they find their leisure and they have maybe a couple spots on their spine that come up. They're usually you round ish kind of like coin looking things on that Amara. And for me. So you have to record here are sparing no Lombard and perhaps second cervical but Lamar at the bottom cervical the Mecca part. So my cervical spine was kind of one big lesion so lead they had no question they're like get that camera here. Now Amanda and there's not just one type of MS Wright doesn't Arthur multiple types. Yes so. But it's way. So there's four different. Like. Labor's if you will. And 85% of people who were newly diagnosed absurd diagnosed with a site called relapse in unremitting. So you have relapsed and your and that's where it up that's that's kind of yet calm flare ups and then. Maybe. It's different for every personal and every where but they can last. We. Once. For me might like the latest square I've been kind of battling since November of last year. Yet. And then there's. So there's relaxing remaining then there is primary progressive. Where there is no relapse into a machine it just. You slowly deteriorate without any you don't have any remission in between them. And that that wasn't like one of the most severe cases. And then. Where are transitioning into its secondary progressive that. And that is when someone with relaxing permitting. Transitions. Into. Like if it's like starting with. Relaxing remaining and then you transition into primary progressive. Believe no secondary progressive as it comes after. And most people a it kind of started the ten year look. I mean about it when people. Transition into that. I'm at a five year mark so I'm not a which had a had a schedule. Could erode go getter. Tell our group and out there now. To your face at this with the sun really daunting. Diagnosis. How do you turn that into something positive how do you stay so who prayed about it. Well I have to be honest I haven't always been great about it. The first couple years were really route. And trying to figure out. What it meant and how it changed my life and good things that were important to me. But going through that transition. Has shown me. It really shows you. That you know tomorrow is an guaranteed or anyone you know and I did I decided to move live in a way where. The days that I. Can get up and get how I I wanted to spend my time. Doing things that make me happy and spending power around people that make me happy. Instead of you know sitting at home and how wallowing in minutes. I think that. You know it's kind of slowly chipping away at all of us. All the things that I used to be able to do so you know it's easier to focus on them. On merit but happy here are tied it what I can't do. And that's sort of the purpose of wheels and read that your blog that you write wheels and red dot com on the and the level looked a little little bit and it seems like they're you're having fun and showing what you can still do rather than worrying about what you can't. Yeah act yeah absolutely. You know there's have been helpful to people have you been able to communicate believe. Optimism that you can still have. Yeah yeah the response has actually been meaning. I launched it at that ended January. And people have really. Really. Really enjoyed. What I've been putting out there because. I've I've been reaching out not only to be about community but very good is stable community. And I am. I am not just sharing. How to live a positive light and try and get out there and experience life without amounts but I'm also trying to. Break down the stigma of what disability looked like. And show that there's disabilities out there that you can't seem. And younger. Young dude which. Tattoos and piercings weren't plugged. But we have disabilities do which is usually. People are. Usually you're like oh I wouldn't yes you are disabled. As the disease continues you start to lose feeling in your limbs I understand so you start to not be able to do the things used to it what some of the things that you mess from. When you have before you had MS. If it's weird because it like it's the little things. So right now it's. I admit like being able to button lecture. Lucas right handers so now. I have a hard time feeling. The different character so it's it's amazing. How much. Blake. Texture changes on the tip of your finger makes things so much easier. And I see little budding lecture is just going to work things yeah. Yes absolutely. It are used. I used that think that to have like that. Except the light I had get out there and work and I get our job and provide for my family. And and that's there's really shaken. My role in the failing. And not at its worst but it's just different. But I'm more about Kellen Krauss please visit his website wheels and red dot com. And get involved with walk MS Seattle or any of the other walks in the area to help out and raise awareness and raise funding for MS research. Does that walk MS dot or Kellan takes a look for Colin and yet they and thank you for joining us. Conversations with the public affairs program of the station. Cease and I'm your host industry news thanks for spending some time with us joining me in this segment is T hat's off Eric no opium H three T. Hey how are Smart and good I'm good like I said Disney next shot of expressed on good to go. I'm Rick your big art apricot jam there with you and I you know I just started on putting us out of expresso on my coffee. And like down because normally oral I'll make a difference but now like. And because again depicted it's gonna Wear off and I'm like an amount that's dead. Anyhow on you have a book out called no theme each tree comment on it yeah I was reading a little bit about your bio on and how to keep about writing this book so first tell me a little bit about the book. It out. How are not everybody in the world has aid. Traditional family of stories about a girl who is by her teacher she have to do a family tree and both of her parents. Are adopted she's not. Her parents are and she does not want to this project. Because she doesn't wanna upset her that not only really cool lesbian and then mom aunt and so she realizes. Digging into this we don't have apparently is very picky. And she did side. That their family is made up well whole Lotta people not to move their blood related ill and the story unfold. Telling all about the blended family and how many wonderful and blended tram and. Okay and is does this have a personal connection TU. As I hat I was fortunate. And unfortunate and not be adopted want a wife and life. And my X-Men found out why and then when he was age 47. He was adopted as a baby and he had no I ain't any line and it it really truly destroy your life. And I had to explain my daughter and not everybody. And embraces. Those that are around them I wanted to make it right or from my kids that ambience like you make it it's not always where you come from. True so true. It have you ever gone back to research and figure out who your parents or did you ever find the need to. I and I want and I'm in my where who am busy and and that is why Delilah oh of people and not paid almost. A we're not related. I am much am who I am in nature or nurture because I. And open a very complicated. Convoluted how old and a member and designer I know a little bit about my history not content. I'm not I got me a large adult certainly. And the father and I did. And I really truly believe man but how many best. And had that in getting where we don't have our am getting and we gather all we joke about port and what I'll get other people throughout your life you realize how mean people are my try these people my. Well it's funny you say that because I XE and moved out here on from Rhode Island some originally from the East Coast. In I always at time and time again you know you you pick your friends and app I always pick like not pick but. You're fortunate enough that you find they'd like to one solid front you knowing you're lucky if you find two or three so like Sydney Adelaide I've I say like that's that's the closest thing I have to my Amy's friends here on the East Coast oats and they fill in the void of not having my sister brown and my mom and my you know my dad you know. And that's just kind of I was an adopted but I'm just say. But and that's part of the malignant talent and it's not entirely that the at a channel how many people get married get remarried and eight. Be handling are not traditional they are not what it once why mom and dad. Grandparents and me me me we have a little bit of a different world and the book is written because I really elect. We embraced one another in in a different way. And Jack and the aim their routes from where we grew order what we came on. Yeah I totally agree. How how your kids are they ever curious about you know your. Your background I mean I'm assuming they probably had their adopted grandparents. There when there are being razor now. Now not really they they being high or very. Thing and so my my air base area they loved the photos page. They look at my cool or warm mom adopted a parent or the people. A lot. They grew up with a sent out. We have this person who they honorary grandmother at her and not really and I would call her in a easily we have. Relic and that we have holidays list. A bit secure not mean in there but the fact that they really truly love on the people that are inner circle that. On do you ever think I don't know how old you are what you situation is now but on to adopt a child as well or. You're. Now I. Yeah absolutely I had I was and lastly in nineteen. Perry and I I really thought about adopting. And and I was exhausted by the time my uncle Barney has hit a double. A politician and felt. In my life I told my family over and over again Arnie says there are now is they're great. And I feel like if they ever needed a home I'm in a heartbeat I'd take command and I am link in mount. Your kids read this book. Why would they think. My daughter at her a little a little mortified that I and or Nan. It was a compilation of characters. She's seen a lot of RL is a lot of our panel and there were moments I actually thought oh I can't believe my mom put that out there. And then at the very end it now or not I'm actually and aid and and proud that our story and being old in case went out can relate to it that I am. So is it it's true story is it a story based on when you're little girl on this assignment happen to you or their parts partly. Then. Commit acts are completely true so much and it is sure around there where you think that we're writers content and I can't get around I do remember growing up and having. I didn't who works. Very involved in doing family tree. I actually have Doreen and online in my own and me that I would adopt it and ilk. I lied about my birthday as they were trying to hide secret from somebody else. In their family tree it's like why we literally can't eat out quite well you know I. I'm in part to tell men the turn. Yeah well the book is called healthy and we treat for me and it's funny that you see that because. You know you were just saying that the story got gore talks about a girl who's trying to put a family tree together and. I remembered at a time in school as well you know I don't vote at a school or why and I never once crossed my mind that you know maybe it's a winning class was adopted and how would you how would you'd feel you know. Bright or what it pared its feelings reasons why and the girl my story of a otter research about roses and how low the bar graph. From other roses and the rose one of the strongest plan it let me hold it land on our plan and cardiac it's gorgeous. And you can grab roses and they all knew right then and the story of how about. If I didn't know that. I'm gonna come at a little different angle than the traditional and we treat. On you mentioned your son has not to some do you think that maybe in the future you may write a book about it. I actually works. I'm working on a bump now. Absolutely bet is that go story out at them and I'm I'm super excited about that. And that will probably I'm hoping to me really that bring. Not okay do you have any other books are was this when your first book. I'd like America Kerry called goat skin it ain't got out a relaxed and yet it's all of music and the connection that music. Is handled. And and I won. Expect out a couple of times the story of my soul that's what is asked to go very key is to my easel. Yeah music there and it's your station I know that you aren't big music and endanger life and in Atlanta where it popped up in the if you're in Graham love in. I think. About everything you're you're you're actually think in all the music is do you think got the and you. Yeah definitely it's funny because I went to school went to college in Italy on major and and I remember. I had been in an for an arts academy and you know singing to announce liking. The scene thing is from niece so I decided okay I'm just gonna go to I went to it's new to Boston University general studies started off and I was I found myself hanging out with it's from Berklee college music. So it was like I needed that that's still in my life so I was like okay is a connection here sums going on I stony music in my life. And when I graduated I graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. And non I remember working at a news dad skin then I end of working somewhere else at a suffer reseller now like this music. Your mouths and so I end up on going it's an open house to do you know to do radio ad and I have some fun with like this is. Finally figured it out so it's funny how when you're kidding growing up you don't really realize. You know there's more than just this one job of being a performer actually you know singing you're so many things you can have to you know have that passion in your life you know. Yeah like yeah like Shrek and here are nonunion outlet here. Yeah exactly exactly so and I'll tell you right now I I am totally attain a person always these music in my life like. So doesn't mean that. That's why he went out and elect all day an odd yes without a T get my new favorite person there. But go ahead. Available on Amazon.com. You can Google and halt terror and again a family tree is meant courts and not a not just adopted people that really and truly for the blended family that. I love and and rain is what you make a bet not you know what you've been handles. Do you think it's a good booked your read let's say you are appearing you haven't stopped to child to read to your jobs. Yeah. And it it was pretty when I first started it was geared for a and the chapter up for 811 your aunt. I've been told by a number of people and I'm glad I rent it as an adult at an adoptive parents have been adopted. Kid who grew up you know I and all that other people are happy they got a hold of that even though they were not 811 call. Feet man doesn't it this book is seems it doesn't matter the age at all. Really does and it really doesn't anger and I have occurred if they aren't of the out saying about people. 110. Atlantic may be reconnect with music and do it again try to write an appointment at just telling a story I think we're about change. Okay well T young can you tell people how we can contact you we have any questions. And I do you can mention my web quietly chaired at dot com. You can also email me tap that app comes and it. KATV. And a lot of people they play like during an animal now work. 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