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Learning Everyday

It is hard to find many good things to say about an eleven-hour drive to play a bucket list golf course - Pinehurst #2. The golf was humbling for sure, but the long drive dodging speeding tickets and avoiding stops did provide an opportunity for my friend Tom Maniaci to unload his arcane music library and trivia on me, which did help pass the hours through Ohio and West Virginia. One of the groups I discovered on the drive was Mudcrutch, the 1970’s band featuring Tom Petty, before the Heartbreakers. This is probably more information than you really need to know, but the band signed with Leon Russell’s independent studio Shelter Records in 1974. In 2008, a live EP, titled Extended Play Live, was released. On this album, there are several really great tracks. I have been stuck on “Crystal River,” a lengthy Allman Brothers type recording, during my recent walks around the neighborhood. If you like Tom Petty music give Mudcrutch a try. It will not disappoint.

Along with learning new music trivia, I also enjoyed several of the recent podcasts I have shared with you over the past several weeks. I have found my guests very dedicated and willing to share their stories about great organizations that they founded or are working diligently to improve through all sorts of valuable services. I don’t know about you, but I am constantly amazed by all the awesome involvement underway to help under-served segments of our communities. This connected community is wonderful and I find it very rewarding to share their stories with you. Hopefully, it provides new information so you can learn and get involved if you feel the nudge from the podcasts.

I am looking forward to some great guests I have lined up for July to keep the connections growing and our education expanding regarding additional organizations that are making a difference in so many ways.

I am pleased to confirm I will be sharing a podcast with Lynda McGhee, Co-Executive Director of The Michigan Children’s Law Center (MCLC), an organization that provides legal services to children in trial and appellate courts. The mission of the MCLC is to advocate for the safety and well-being of children in the courts and other programs and services. I can’t wait to hear more from Lynda about the work the center does with social workers, doctors, psychologists, school personnel, and other professionals to ensure that all issues related to each child are properly addressed.

In addition, I just confirmed a time slot in July with another wonderful leader of an organization based in Northville, Michigan. I will be sharing the microphone with Rachelle Vartanian, founder of Living and Learning Enrichment Center. The center is a place of hope for young adults with autism or related challenges that is providing job skills training and confidence-building activities through 25 programs offered on the Don Massey Estate. We will learn about all of these programs and more via the podcast and I am excited to bring it to you next month.

Please mark your calendars for these special guests. I know my next comment is a bit redundant but I do appreciate all my friends and new acquaintances who share ideas about great people and organizations that are making our communities better because of their help and leadership.

You may not be surprised, but I found a rare Youtube video of Tom Petty and Mudcrutch performing Crystal River at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 2016. Imagine listening to this 5 times going to Pinehurst. I think I am a fan.


Thank you to Tony, Vicki, and Jillian Bumpas

for supporting some of our favorite OKC organizations.

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