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#75 - Talking Poetry and Life w/ Ydalmi Noriega

#75 - Talking Poetry and Life w/ Ydalmi Noriega

August 19, 2022

Hello Friends!

For this episode I had the opportunity to sit down with Ydalmi Noriega. Ydalmi is a Chicago transplant, as well as the Vice President of Programs and Engagement for the Poetry Foundation. After recently being labeled as a person who is redefining what poetry looks like, I had to sit down and pick her brain about her journey, and about the wide world of poetry. Enjoy! 

 

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#74 - Reflecting on Pride Month
#73 - Taking Action In The Wake of Tragedy: Robb Elementary School

#73 - Taking Action In The Wake of Tragedy: Robb Elementary School

June 23, 2022

Every time another school shooting or mass shooting happens, I am approached by people asking, "What can I do? What can we do?"  

So I wanted to take a moment to offer some actionable steps you can take in the face of this tragedy.  

State: 

UPDATE: Governor Pritzker has signed HB 4729, which will fund a statewide public awareness campaign to promote safe firearm storage. It's effective date is January 1, 2023. Feel free to send him a thank you!!!

Springfield

Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-6830 or 217-782-6831

Chicago

Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2121 or 312-814-2122

Contact the Governor Online

Federal:

Reach out to your congressmen and let them know you want to see action now to prevent tragedies like the one in Uvalde Texas and that failure to do so could greatly impact your support of them in future elections. 

Congress: Find your Members

Education & Resources
 
Supporting Strong Communities
 
Support and Prevention
 
Research

 

Memorial Day 2022: Poetry and Remembrances

Memorial Day 2022: Poetry and Remembrances

May 30, 2022

Saying "Happy Memorial Day" always feels weird to me. However, allow me to offer my sincerest gratitude to all those who have loved ones you are remembering today.  I offer my thoughts on Memorial Day, and some of my favorite poetry that commemorates this day. 

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A Tale of Two Chicagos and Curfew

A Tale of Two Chicagos and Curfew

May 29, 2022

Hello Friends! Recently, following an evening of violence that left one youth dead, Mayor Lori Lightfoot instituted a ban on youth at Millennium Park after 6pm Thursday - Sunday. She also moved the citywide curfew for youth from 11pm to 10pm. I had to offer my thoughts. 

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#70 - Off The Beaten Podcast Has Moved!

#70 - Off The Beaten Podcast Has Moved!

May 6, 2022

Hello Friends! Breaking News! Off The Beaten Podcast has moved. No longer am I in the Woodlawn community. I have moved a few miles northwest to the Englewood community and so far I am loving it.  Hear about this development, as well as my recent camping excursion. Lots going on!!!

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#69 - Cookies Are Everything w/ Leah Tibbs of Cookies and Conversations

#69 - Cookies Are Everything w/ Leah Tibbs of Cookies and Conversations

April 12, 2022

Hello Friends! This episode I indulge in my sweet tooth while visiting with Leah Tibbs, owner of Cookies and Conversations, a small black female owned business I became a fan of during the pandemic. Cookies and Conversations brings people together in conversations while baking and indulging in super yummy cookies! 

This episode was recorded in the kitchen of Cookies and Conversations, which was super exciting. Be sure to check C&C and let Leah know OTBP sent you! 

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#68 - Off The Beaten Podcast Went To France Y’all!!!

#68 - Off The Beaten Podcast Went To France Y’all!!!

March 27, 2022

Hello Friends! Finally Off The Beaten Podcast has come back!  It was a long cold winter, but we've come out of hibernation and kicking off Season 4 by bringing you up to speed on one of the more significant adventures I've had since I last posted. 

This episode I talk a little bit about my fellowship in the University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy, and more specifically, our global practicum to Paris France. We've gone international, and I drop a few tips and lessons for you travelers that I picked up on my adventure abroad. 

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#67 - A Chat With Cade Kamaleson of Chicago Eco House

#67 - A Chat With Cade Kamaleson of Chicago Eco House

November 26, 2021

Hello Friends! I've been sitting on this episode forever, and I'm so excited to get this episode out, and what more perfect time, when people will be getting flowers and wreaths to decorate their homes for the holidays, as well as honey to sweeten your various holiday teas.

This episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Cade Kamaleson, program officer of Chicago Eco House, a local flower farm located on the south and west sides of Chicago. This is a great conversation, and we talk about all of the awesome work the organization is doing.  Listen and Share! 

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#66 - Off The Beaten Podcast Invades the USA CBD Expo

#66 - Off The Beaten Podcast Invades the USA CBD Expo

October 29, 2021

Hello Friends! So yesterday I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the USA CBD Expo as a member of the press. It was a day without the general public to dive in and check out everything, and get a chance to talk to the people behind some of the newest, freshest and most innovative CBD companies and brands around. 

I had an amazing time, and can't encourage you enough to go check out the expo this weekend (Friday and Saturday October 29 and 30th) and see it all for yourself. There are also panel discussions and classes to get you up to speed on the CBD scene. 

Do you indulge in CBD? THC? Delta-8? Delta-10?  Definitely slide into my DM's and let me know.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on all of this.  

Special thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy day to talk with me. Please check out these brands below, and if you should make a purchase, be sure to tell them that OTBP sent you! 

Note: In the original posting of this episode, I mentioned glaucoma as one of the ailments that CBD is used for. However, as of 2019, many doctors are recommending NOT to use CBD as a natural treatment for glaucoma. Here is more information on this recommendation: Eye Doctors Caution Against Using CBD as Glaucoma Remedy

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