Episode 6: IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE MOTHER’S DAY

 

It’s springtime and May – with the warmer weather, out thoughts turn to the annual event known as Mother’s Day. It’s a time to take Mom for Brunch, find that special greeting card and a time to remember all of the special things – not to mention some life-saving crucial things that your Mom taught you while growing up.

I know not everyone has their Mom around. Some live in another country, some have never known their children, and some have passed and are no longer with us. Whatever the case may be, we all agree that Mothers are kind of crucial to all existence. Without them, where would we be? 

I’m so fortunate that my Mom is still with us – she lives only a short distance from us and truthfully, I probably don’t spend as much time as I should with her – although I’m sure she couldn’t wait for me to become independent and to no longer live at home…

I can’t count the many numerous things my Mom has taught me. There’s so many things that it immeasurable and impossible to count. One of my earliest memories is if my Mom and me saying goodbye to my brother as he went off to school for the day, and then I got to stay home with my Mom and do things like learn the alphabet, listen to music and much more.

I hope you take a moment to think about what your Mom means to you, what she’s done for you, the sacrifices she’s made for you. They are pretty darn incredible.

I sat down with my Mom and asked her some of my usual questions that I ask – she had some cool answers and has definitely had some very interesting experiences! I hope you enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom – Love you lots! 

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 This episode Produced by Fred Anjema                                                                            With special thanks to Frances Anjema

Episode 5: THE APPRECIATION OF A SON

 

Many people have made it safely to Canada to carve out a new life for their families. It may have been civil unrest, war, famine or any number of things forced many people into wanting to start a new life for their family in another country.

Meet Michael Hadgembes. Mike works hard at 2 jobs everyday in London, Ontario. He works hard to help his parents who, when Mike was very young, decided to pack up and move their family to another country. They wanted their children to have opportunities to be what they wanted to be in a country that was safe to do so.

Mike tells us of growing up in Canada, visiting his parent’s homeland for the first time and much, much more.

Give a listen and let us know what you think!

Thank You Mike!

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 This episode Produced by Fred Anjema                                                                            With special thanks to Michael Hadgembes

Episode 4: REBEL WITH A CAUSE

There’s something to be said about those who do things that much of society would perceive as not “normal” – they would be considered “rebels” or “anarchists” 

I don’t think my guest on this episode is either of those, but he does what he feels is the right thing for him and his family’s best interests. And man oh man, does he have a fantastic and compelling story!

Meet John Sawkins – he’s the Rebel With a Cause. He’s a kind, compassionate and giving family man, and he holds true to his convictions and beliefs.

He has some fascinating experiences that he shares with me and I’m sure you’ll agree that his is a story that definitely is one to share!

Thank You John!

If you have a great story that needs to be told, or if you’ve heard a story that someone needs to share, please send a message to fred@almost15minutes.com

 This episode Produced by Fred Anjema                                                                            With special thanks to John Sawkins

Episode 3: THE PROTECTIVE FATHER

Speaking as a Father, you do your best to protect your children, in fact, it’s your duty as a father to do that. Whatever it takes, whatever trouble there is.

But what happens when that control, that protection, is out of your hands? What if you and your family are thrown a curve that you can’t control? How do you react? How do you continue to protect and help your children?

Meet Dave Abbey. He tells us of his remarkable story that many people unfortunately have to go through. He tells us of how his family and friends helped him and his wife Tracy when they dealt with their little girl, Faith’s illness.

 

Faith with Dave

Dave gives insight into his family’s journey through some scary times for Faith, how they have healed, and how they have developed a way to give back and help those wonderful organizations that assisted them in their time of need.

https://www.faithsfootsteps.com/ 

Give a listen and discover the Abbey Family’s inspiring story!

 

 

Thank You Dave!

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 This episode Produced by Fred Anjema                                                                            With special thanks to Dave Abbey

Episode 2: REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

You never know what life changes can happen in a moment. 

You do your thing: you go to work, you go to school, you do the things you do every day. You text, you eat, you laugh, you shop, you text some more. 

What if suddenly all of those normal things changed? What if something you said or did changed someone’s life forever? 

Meet Damieon Vella-Zarb. His life was changed forever in a moment. And not just one time. He has an amazing story of perseverance and tells us what it is like to have your life changed drastically – to have it altered in completely opposite ways. 

How often do you think of doing something for others? Even for just one person? Do you go through life with your head down and not really connecting with other people? What if the “Pay It Forward” concept really worked? Even tiny random acts of kindness can help make the world a better place.

Damieon lives with this philosophy. He tries to give back whenever he can and to be helpful whenever he can. He wants to help others and even in his work, he is always going out of his way to assist with others. He’s a fantastic individual who, in my opinion, has already lived a full life of experiences that many others haven’t!

Give a listen to his story and you’ll hear how he made it through some unique experiences and came out with valuable insight.

Thank You Damieon!

 

If you have a great story that needs to be told, or if you’ve heard a story that someone needs to share, please send a message to fred@almost15minutes.com

 This episode Produced by Fred Anjema                                                                            With special thanks to Damieon Vella-Zarb

Episode 1: ADDICTION

I count myself as being very fortunate. I am fortunate to have a supportive family and supportive friends who have assisted me through various struggles I’ve had in the past. I’ve always managed to get through these struggles unscathed – not to say that I won’t forget about those struggles.  

It’s still possible that even with a strong support system, you can still find it very difficult to cope, to deal with past underlying issues, and to not fully understand how you’re feeling. This can lead to many different behaviors including behaviors that become destructive to yourself and others. 

Meet Dean Anderson – I’ve known him for several years and even after working side by side with him for all of those years, I had no idea of what he was going through. He explains what it’s like to go through life not fully understanding how to cope with past issues and how his behaviors led to a life of addiction.

Stanley Cup Champion Theo Fleury.  This was a great day! 

Listen to his story and what he has now chosen to do with his life – It’s very inspirational and Dean has now found some purpose in helping others through what he went through in the past. It’s quite an incredible story and one I am glad to share as the first ever episode of the show.

Thank You Dean!

Please be sure to check out what Dean is doing by visiting his website:

Dean Anderson

If you have a great story that needs to be told, or if you’ve heard a story that someone needs to share, please send a message to fred@almost15minutes.com

 This episode Produced by Fred Anjema                                                                            With special thanks to Dean Anderson

What’s This About?

Here’s what Almost 15 Minutes is all about!

There won’t be conversations with famous sports stars, there won’t be interviews with celebrities who talk about how many rooms they have in their mansion.

Nope, it’s gonna be Real People, Real Stories, Real Life.

Starting March 31, 2017, find the first episode of Almost 15 Minutes on this website or on your favorite “Podcatcher” – ITunes, Google Play or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

If you know of someone who has a great story that needs to be told, send a message to fred@almost15minutes.com  , follow on Twitter @Almost15Mins or go to Facebook and send a message to arrange an interview to get that great story told!

Thank you for listening!

 

 

Coming Soon!

This is going to be, what I hope is an enjoyable listening experience.

For several years I’ve wanted to do a podcast, or internet radio program, where I have the opportunity to meet and talk to people.  Some people I know and some that I’m meeting for the first time.
 
I want to chat with them and get to know them in “Almost 15 Minutes”
 
I’ll be asking questions that I hope will generate some real and authentic conversation.  Everyone has something they want to talk about.  Everyone has amazing stories that perhaps they themselves don’t think are exciting, but to others their story is extremely interesting and thought provoking.
 
I look forward to sharing these fascinating stories every week and perhaps some day I can share your stories for Almost 15 Minutes.”