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An Ounce provides amusing stories, ideas, wisdom, and a positive attitude with informative commentary, and interviews with experts. An Ounce is a short format podcast (less than 15 minutes per episode) that encourages the listener to consider for themselves ways they can create a more robust, resilient, and joyful life an ounce at a time. Topics of the podcast include a smattering of all kinds of subjects. The listener will gain insights from stories encouraging a good attitude, personal res ...
 
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The secret life of a spy. Anonymously watching an enemy, quietly passing information, dodging detection, living heroically, stoically, and quietly - and staying under the radar. Well, most spies are probably like that. In fact, most spies might describe their lives as discreet and somewhat boring – unless they get caught. But, that’s the point righ…
 
Here is a story that shows how completely different people are in the way they interpret what they witness – In how they comprehend what they see. Every person experience’s life differently. There are a lot of things that shape our perspective. We have different histories. We have divergent interests. We do not value things the same way. One has a …
 
Have you ever meet someone who thinks they know it all? I have, and I can tell you those people really annoy people like me who really do know it all…. OK Everybody knows something – and if you speak with the most learned you’ll find – if they are honest with you – they will admit there is much more than they know they don’t know than there was bef…
 
Rod Allen shares the story of miracles in his life. How, along with the support and love of neighbors, he and his wife were able to face the potential loss of the 18-month-old son. Rod talks about the feeling of helplessness, have to watch his son through the glass as his condition deteriorated. Being brought to a point of humility where he and his…
 
This episode begins with a story about a dreaded monster named contempt. And, how in spite of a wise wizard's message that the monster is a liar, the people reject the wizard and choose to keep the monster. Contempt is defined by Webster as ‘the act of despising: the state of mind of one who despises”. “Lack of respect or reverence for something” o…
 
Vizzini (as played Wallace Shawn), a character from the classic film “The Princess Bride” famously said … “Haha! You Fool, you fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is, ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia,’ but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!’” Th…
 
How do you feel about your mistakes? Do they make you angry, embarrass you, make you feel like a failure, or cause you to want to give up? Do you blame them on someone else? Do you try to ignore them? Do you repeat them again and again? Have you ever tried to take hold of those mistakes, and own them, and let them make you better? I had a fun conve…
 
Here we are at the close of another summer. Kids are back to school, the nights are cooling off, and if you haven’t yet, you’ll probably be watching a football game. Be it community league, College, Highschool, heck – you might be one of those who still watch the pro’s play in spite of the politics and the egomaniac personalities. I get it. Back in…
 
Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from a good story, even when the historians and other ‘experts’ can’t agree on the details. And, this story… It’s a good one - about the deadliest Sniper ever in the Russian military. The problem – the facts seemed to be in doubt. Some claim it’s all about propaganda. That the record of this Hero of the Soviet …
 
It’s kind of interesting how one can get so much more than the words out of a song. It seems to be a more comprehensive way to communicate. Even when the lyrics are nonsense, there is something there – and sometimes even more so when there are no words. My point – communicating is about so much more than words strung together in an attempt to conve…
 
Have you ever met someone that has that great attitude? You know. That person who – when life throws them a curveball or an unexpected outcome, they smile, laugh, and somehow find a way to have fun with it. The one who; when they are facing some challenge and you go to visit them and lift their spirits, and they lift you instead. Everyone has met s…
 
Got an intriguing story about a woman born into an economic and social advantage. For now, we’ll call her ‘the statistician’. Think you can you guess who she is before her name is revealed? You’ve probably heard of her before. The name chosen for her by her parents was that of a rather well-known European city. A naming trend that many parents foll…
 
From The Podcasters Wife: This ounce comes from a sweet conversation I had with my Late Father-in-law - Chad Fugate -it was about 25 years ago. He and his wife Marilyn visited our family in the fall when we lived on the east coast. Chad and I went for a walk and we were talking about the beauty of the colorful leaves. Chad said to me, “– hey, you k…
 
I’ve found a well-loved character that is worthy of a deep dive. A deep dive into who he is and where he came from. A truly unique character filled with his own kind of wisdom, and a somewhat surprising perspective on life. Can you guess who it is before his identity is revealed? OTG came to us in 1969, and his personality immediately showed throug…
 
This bonus episode is being released in addition to the regular weekly episode. It is a brief interview with Podcasters Taylor Greenhalgh and Joseph Winkle. Their podcast is focused on Parenting, from a father's perspective. Their podcast includes great stories and experiences - and ideas - on how to be a better parent. This interview is an opportu…
 
Our world is becoming more litigious by the day. And, there have been some consequences of that tendency that we all see, every day, and more and more than ever. It’s getting to the point where we nearly ignore them. And, that’s probably not good because they really are helpful – sometimes. What am I talking about? Those bright yellow, orange, or r…
 
Got a question for you. What does it take to be a star and a great performer? Typical answers might be - A great voice, the ability to be a bit edgy and get people’s attention, A great smile, well-spoken, a cutting-edge wardrobe, be absolutely relatable to what’s happening now, sexy, and educated, with extraordinarily good looks, and a willingness …
 
This episode is the true story of a part of the Jewish holocaust in which a bright light of goodness and courage can be found. During world war II, and after the Germans had invaded Poland, they began to move forward with their 'Final Solution'. The extermination of all Jews. Part of this plan in Poland displacing and moving Jews from their homes i…
 
There is an ancient Chinese fable you may have heard before – or maybe not – that tells the story of a simple but wise farmer and his view on Luck - and his consideration of what was bad and what was good over time. A great story from eons past that has very good application to our lives right now. Bad luck is seldom as bad as it seems, and it sure…
 
"Hi! My name is Tish." " My Husband does a podcast, it’s called ‘An Ounce’. People are always asking what he does, what kind of podcast is it? Where does he gets the ideas? So, this little episode is kind of an origin story – a quick description of what he does, and what the Podcast is. But, we didn’t want it to be boring. So, since I’m always aski…
 
All the things that new technology brings us – isn’t it fun? In the past several years there has been some concern over Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Folks are concerned that the modifications made in plants will affect nutritional content, the human bodies allergic response, toxicity, organ damage, or even the transfer of genes into the…
 
In 1870 William Canby presented the story of his Grandmother, Betsy Ross to the historical society of Pennsylvania. His presentation was strong on personal remembrance, family stories, and anecdotes. Canby even bolstered his presentation with signed and notarized affidavits from family recounting the stories they had been told. But, the presentatio…
 
Here is a story about an aging King with no Heir - and how chose a successor to his throne. It is a tale I heard when I was very young. I don’t know its origins or who the author is – if you do let me know. The great Domain of the respected king was at peace and thriving. But, the King had no heir. And, he was beginning to consider how his kingdom …
 
There are a few different versions of this story, but as best we can reconstruct the events, it went something like this. It was the summer of 1937 when 17-year-old, High School Student, Bette Cooper left her Hackett’s Town New Jersey home to have a day of fun with friends at Bertrand Island Amusement Park. Amongst all of the activity and other att…
 
Ice Cream is one of those treats that is nearly irresistible. It comes in a huge variety of flavors, one of which is probably yours. But even the smooth, creamy satisfying nature of simple vanilla ice cream has been the perfect companion to a birthday cake for a century or more. Ice cream has the power to brighten an already sunny day and has been …
 
Let’s start with this question - Does anything really ever disappear? That which we cast away, or try to hold onto, is never really hidden. In one way or another, it impacts everything around us, and it trails behind us as we move through life. But, gratefully, what remains is not always a bad thing. And, we have the power to decide if much of what…
 
This episode is a bit of a nod to those who have had to work a night shift. Those who have performed some vital task attended to some critical detail, that could not wait for the dawning of the sun. Stan was born on September 7, 1939, near Vladivostok, Russia. His mother was a nurse during world war II and his father a fighter pilot. Surviving in V…
 
The New Year is a great time to start anew. To add fresh and positive things to your life. The get a new start on acquiring something or achieving something you really want for yourself. Well, I hate to throw a cold bucket on the moment, but Forbes magazine did a study on New Years Resolutions recently. They found that only 25% of people were still…
 
About 2 centuries ago a baby was born in Bethlehem, of Judea. At the time Bethlehem was an isolated society that had fallen from an unparalleled greatness hundreds of years before, to a completely conquered backwater. His name is Jesus Christ. And, there is so much that can be said of him. But His message and gift are the most powerful of all, and …
 
Christmas Greetings. The way folks seem a bit nicer, and happier at Christmas time. Reaching out to friends and family has seldom been more important than it is today. Christmas greetings used to be sent to distant contacts in the form of a Christmas card. It was pretty much the only way. Travel was more difficult, a phone call was expensive, so th…
 
In the words of the entertainer and Storyteller Burl Ives, ‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year’ – well it is, except that as a result of live Christmas trees drying out and catching fire there are 10 deaths and just over 15 million dollars in damages every year. SO – Remember to water the tree! Oh, and just for good measur…
 
Why is it that as soon as Halloween is over the Christmas displays show up at the stores? And as soon as Thanksgiving in full swing Christmas music invades the radio stations. It’s not that I’m against these trends, Though it occasionally brings out the humbug in me a bit - I just wonder why all the hype and craziness. Christmas seems to have such …
 
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