Funny how the world works at times! Eddie Mitchell first contacted me by e-mail back in June of 2012. He was promoting himself as an active, energetic, former professional soccer player who would be a great guest on my show and an inspiration to the audience. He solicited the opportunity again in February and April of 2013. So persistence is not lacking in his makeup.
Fast forward to this past week, and I was without a guest for the show, and still recovering from laryngitis. I was contemplating re-airing a show rather than doing a total show by myself. And then, Eddie Mitchell’s name popped into my head, straight out of the memory bank. I sent out an e-mail, an within 60 seconds I had a phone call from Eddie and secured this weeks guest!
Eddie was great fun on the show! He has an interesting life story which we just skimmed the surface of, including his childhood in South London and his professional soccer career. He now coaches soccer at Charlotte Country Day in Charlotte, writes books, gives motivational talks, and is constantly working toward staying involved in life.
Eddie was interesting, humorous, and great fun to spend two hours with. Enjoy this special segment of Radio 4 the Ages, and Happy New Year to all.
Jillian Tullis, Ph.D. in the Communications Department at UNC Charlotte, Larry Dawalt, Director of Spiritual and Grief Care Services for Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, and Donny Edwards, a resident Chaplain at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC were all with me in the studio today.
This show grew out of my interest in conversations around death and dying; how we feel about the end part of life, why some folks openly discuss the ‘end game’ while others avoid the conversation at all cost. I was fortunate to attend a version of a Death Cafe in Charlotte in November at The Respite, a Center for Grief and Hope. Jillian Tullis was one of the organizers of the event and the moderator in my group. The world works in wondrous ways at times. Jillian had been recommended to me for a show by my good friend Dena Shenk, Ph.D. the director of the Gerontology program at UNCC, and here Jillian was right in front of me. So I asked, and Dr. Tullis kindly accepted, along with Larry Dawalt, who happened to be seated next to me at the gathering. Larry had joined me in studio a few times before, and with his background with hospice care and his interest in the topic, I knew that he would only add to making this show one ‘for the ages’! And as fate would have it, my son-in-law, Donny Edwards and my daughter Rachel were traveling to Charlotte for the weekend, so with Donny a chaplain at a major hospital, he was the perfect addition to an already formidable lineup.
This show is uplifting, honest, and a must hear for all who embrace the full experience of life. I would recommend it for any of your loved ones who may be opposed to any conversation around the topics of death and dying.
Thanks for being a part of my journey with Radio 4 the Ages. -david
Rich London, author of A Handbook for Life, and one of the most positive and friendly guys who I’ve met recently, was my guest on this show. Rich is an individual living with Parkinson’s disease, a cancer survivor, and more importantly a successful businessman, a licensed commercial airplane pilot, and a third degree black belt.
Rich joined me in the studio for the entire show, and was joined by Heather Hammond, the Program Manager for the Parknoson Association of the Carolinas. What a treat this was to listen to Rich paint his personal picture of perseverance. As Rich tells it, “…life is a test. It’s a test of perseverance, a test of faith and a test of will. I’ve decided to pass the test.”
I know that you’ll enjoy listening to Rich London and Heather Hammond on this edition of Radio 4 the Ages- clearly one of the most enjoyable and inspirational shows that I’ve done so far!
Thanks for listening, and for being a part of my journey!