I founded and ran a nonprofit youth sports organization for over 30 years called the Berkshire Baseball & Softball Club, which later became the BIG Vision Foundation. We ran teams, tournaments and a 130 acre sports complex. I loved every second of what I did. I loved working with kids and teaching them leadership skills and life lessons through sports and community service. I thought that I would have died doing what I loved.
Then in 2019, I felt a calling from God for my wife, Sandy, and I.
We decided to leave our comfort zone and start a new journey.
I’ll be conducting speaking engagements and writing more books on our travels. More importantly, this is our chance to continue my mother’s legacy of giving back through volunteering.
We will tell the stories of the people that we meet along the way.
This is truly “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” and as Michael Franti says in the opening verse of his song, “Gloria,” “When many little people in many little places, Do many little things, then the whole world changes.” It will be our job to share and tell the stories of those “Many Little People” through this podcast and my writing. Some of the people that we interview may be famous, most will not be, but they’ll all have a story to tell about the difference they’re making. Some stories will still have a sports theme, others spiritual, some will be about music, others about food, some will talk about travel, but all will be about the many little people, in the many little places who are doing the many little things to make the whole world change. We pray that you enjoy these stories and are inspired to do your own little things to make this world a better place for all of us.
A large part of the inspiration for my wife and I to live full-time in an RV came from my mom, thus the title of the podcast and my most recent book.
When she was in her mid-40's she decided to leave a good paying job and travel the country. She took an old 1967 Plymouth Valiant and removed the back seat, put in a sheet of plywood and a mattress that reached into the trunk to make a bed and took off with no real agenda.
She would stop to work if she felt that she was running low on cash. Once she stopped traveling full-time, she went back to school to become a drug and alcohol addictions counselor. She still traveled to volunteer. By that time, she had graduated to a little Toyota camper.
She did a lot of volunteer work with the Salvation Army, mostly during hurricane relief efforts in Florida, but her biggest impact was probably when she volunteered for almost a year at ground zero following 9/11.
After she passed, I loved reading about the people that she had met throughout her travels in her journals. When Sandy and I decided to follow in her footsteps, I thought that telling those stories about the people we've met and places we've been in real time through podcasting, blogging and social media would be pretty cool, however, my guests are not limited to those we meet through our travels.
For my first blog entry, I just took the dedication that I wrote for her in my first book and published it again. If you'd like to read it, below is a link:
Dedication, Loretta Magary, The Wind Beneath My Wings
As far as the show, it's a pretty casual conversation.
I do ask the same "final question" to all of my guests. The sub-title of the podcast is, "Many Little People in Many Little Places." Which is derived from the opening lyrics of the song, "Gloria" by Michael Franti, which go, "When many little people in many little places do many little things, then the whole world changes."
So, the final question that I would ask will be, “What are some of the little things that you do to help make the world a better place?”
In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with fellow traveling nomad, Dave Houser.
Dave and I were connected through a mutual friend, Lori Saitz. We have both been guests on her “Fine is a Four-Letter Word” podcast. She immediately felt that we would connect with each other because we had so much in common. We were both coaches for long periods of time and are now traveling throughout the country in our own unique ways. She was right, Dave and I immediately hit it off, so I wanted to get him on the show as soon as I could and share his story.
Dave grew up with great parents and a loving home right outside of DC on the Maryland side.
From a child though he never wanted to fit in or be like everyone else.
He spent twenty years as a college coach helping people achieve things that were once thought to be impossible.
However, he neglected facing his financial situation and became overwhelmed with everything so he began learning as much as he could how to take back control over where his money was going.
Fast forward ten years and the Financial Nomad was created to help people understand their finances. Be in charge of their financial futures and building the flexibility to experience more life has to offer then get a good job with benefits and defer enjoying themselves until retirement.
His purpose to help bold individuals become financially free when passive income exceeds monthly expenses and build the lifestyle they want to live.
To find out more about Dave, check out their website at https://fnfreedom.com.
Vinnie Potestivo, Editor-in-Chief of
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