Megan can now see the beauty in her everyday life, but there was a time when that was a struggle. 11 years ago, when her daughter and first child was born with severe allergies, she struggled to make it through each day.
During this time of being a new mom to a child with elevated needs, she began capturing photos in the every day moments with her daughter. Through this passion she realized she was capturing so much beauty in the hard moments.
As she continued to push herself artistically as a documentary storyteller, she began her photography business after she lost her mom to a terminal illness. Her work began to receive recognition in photography groups, publications and was featured in art gallery shows.
After taking time to plant roots in Marietta and spending more time with her family, Megan is back taking photos with a new passion for film photography and has started a healthy living business.
JC Curlee had a lot to figure out on her own. She had a son that wanted to go to college, but needed money. Through hard work and a lot of google searches and forms, her son had over one million in scholarships and several college acceptance letters.
She knows how hard it was and people started reaching out to her for help. Then she realized she could create resources to help others. She started the parent resources network and is adding a podcast soon.
Bill came upon a caricature artist, Ashley Roland and he chose to get a drawing done with his podcast equipment he always kept handy. So he started a podcast episode…
He spoke to Victoria Scales and her long term friends Dee Williams and Lissa Miller. Victoria happened to be doing her caricature next to Bill.
Then Bill turns his attention to the artist doing his drawing, Ashley Roland. We talk traveling and living on the road.
Checkout their online businesses below.
Ashley Roland, artist
Victoria Scales radio and other links
Other business mentioned
Chuck McPhilamy makes an impassioned plea to have those tough conversations between the community and the police. Marietta Police Department has invested into training above what is required to help police deal with growing problems.
For example, every officer went through a 40 hour crisis intervention training (CIT). That training is a game changer for everyone involved. From the officer who does not know what it is like to hear voices, to the citizen with the issue that gets to see these officers face-to-face to the loved ones of the mentally ill that do not want to see their loved ones hurt.
Get involved though the pastor's police academy to the citizen police academy, there are ways to learn more about the police in Marietta.
CIT more information
NAMI Walks Fundraiser
I caught up with Blaine Clotfelter, Stephanie Earl and Jeff Cooper of Marietta Theatre just before the play Nunsense started. We also talked about Johnny Pizza and the special food he brought along for opening night...
Auditions for the Toxic Avenger are going on right now.
Beverly McAfee is my favorite interview. There I said it. She has a great combination of caring and hutzpah that is quite frankly, endearing.
How did Marietta get a concert series, why does the First United Methodist have a park and replica of their first church, why is their a mentoring program at Marietta High School — you guessed it Beverly. She is the first to admit that she had a lot of help, but her way of getting things done is powerful.
Enjoy our own Marietta gem, Beverly McAfee!
Katie Mallett always felt out of place. She tried to fit in, but everything she tried never worked out long term.
This pattern followed her -- until she worked with a coach. They found Katie's gift was to create a fun and safe place for people to learn and connect. Make + do community was born. Now she helps people make things from candles to cocktails and her life makes a lot more sense.
James Mitchell is building our community by running the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center. The new location has audio studios, video studios, a theater and much more.
How did James get to Marietta? Well he started out in Evergreen Alabama, a small town he felt he had to break out of -- and he did. As a teenager he spent 6 months in Louisiana with his girlfriend and then a totaled car and a child on the way, he shifted his focus toward getting educated and taking care of his family. The rest you can hear on the episode.
Trevor Beemon updates listeners on the latest news from the organization. Their capital campaign to bring a cabin and brick smokehouse to the Root House property is half way to its goal of $600,000.
At the Root House on this particular Saturday, we spoke with Clarissa Clifton, a food historian, a union occupier named Steve Reilly and tin type photographer Matt Alexandre.
Clarissa made some fried chicken and buttermilk cake on the original cast iron stove from the Root House!
Tim Nielson never connected with any of his teachers growing up. He also rolled his eyes when he heard other soon to be teachers say they wanted to make a difference in a child’s life.
But, it turns out he did become one of those teachers. One of his first students tracked him down on facebook to thank him and another student’s mom said that he flipped a switch and her son was changed, all because of Tim.
So as the librarian of Marietta High School, Tim uses every chance to create a space for students to potentially flip their switches.
We take a tour of the media center complete with coffee bar stage (Cafe Libre), a makers space and a soon to be audio/video production studio.
MHS Media Center
Timothy Exit on Instagram
When Paul Lubertazzi was a kid, he remembers his grandmother saying don’t jump on the bed when the macaroni is drying. That was the normal thing when a big Italian extended family in Nutley, NJ gets ready for Sunday dinner.
How did Paul end up in Marietta in 1984 during the height of the mall era? How did he decide on a pot pies exclusively? Why does each of his pot pies have a flower on the top? And what does bees have to do with it? (Nothing really, but it is a great story and Paul and his son Brayden are pretty great too.)
Pam Stone grew up riding a horse bareback to Perkin’s market during the summer and scaring away a perv with her horse (yup, apparently there is an east Cobb perv).
Her time at Wheeler High School was not easy. She was as a tall, incredibly thin nerd and had trouble making friends. She headed off to Kennesaw State College with low expectations. But she was surprisingly popular with the guys and doors started opening up to her.
She started waitressing at the Punch Line Comedy Club in Atlanta and went on stage after her waitress friends dared her. She ended up killing and she knew driving home that her life had changed forever.
She met one of the Punch Line’s headliner’s named Jay Leno and Jay started mentoring her. She perfected her craft and left for Hollywood. A chance meeting with a producer ended up with her finding her way on a show called “Coach” (after never having acted before).
After a successful 7 years on that show, she bought land in Upstate South Carolina and started thinking of her future and a return to something she loved — horses.
She vowed to leave Hollywood when she turned 40 and start her new life on her South Carolina farm. She made it — just barely. She found herself climbing over the fence to her farm in a driving rainstorm, just before midnight on her birthday.
Now she coaches horse clients, writes blogs, does standup and lives with her other half, a rosarian named Paul Zimmerman.
Pam’s Latest Blog Post— Ask Aunty Pam
Running Flat out Documentary
For over twenty years, Rhonda Weisberg has served as a clairsentient intuitive, working with clients across the country, bringing them clarity, insight, peace of mind, and “spiritual coaching” from their higher selves, Spirit guides, and angels.
Rhonda also works with animals. So I brought along Lucy, our 6 year old, miniature Dachshund for a reading. Let’s check out how it all went down!
The shelter Rhonda refers to…
Just one week from the opening of “Title of Show”! Bill meets most of the gang at the Two Birds Taphouse for a pre-rehersal dinner and drinks. (Did you know Marietta Theatre Company has their own drink?)
The team feels confident as Bill speaks with the actors (Blaine Clotfelter, Gina Ann Riggs, Jeff Cooper and Becky Ittner) who are “off book”.
Bill also speaks with the musical director, Shane Simmons about the crew and his life before the Marietta Theatre Company.
Get your tickets while they last!
Two Birds Taphouse
Blaine Clotfelter and Jeff Cooper love to act. They started Marietta Theatre Company along with a few friends you’ll meet in the next episode.
In this episode, you’ll get a behind the scene view of two men that do what they love and are helping to revive the Square’s once thriving theatre district.
Their latest musical, “Title of Show” sounds like a reason winner!
Bill catches up with Raul and the gang. Special thanks to the sponsors listed!!!
Larry Rica 00:54
and Scott Kinsey 8:56
Fork You Concepts
30 South Park Square
Raul Thomas 16:57
Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square
David Fore 41:22
City Club Marietta
Kevin Dugan / Sysco foods 49:55
John Hyle, VP Sales, SuperSource 1:00:00
Wow! What a life Buddy Finethy has led!
From a Dad who was on the run to finding comic books to creating the Mellow Mushroom art to... There is just a lot going on in this man's life. Did I mention he learned how to build a tribe from the Dead Heads? (That's the group of folks that followed the Grateful Dead around the country).
Hawg and Ale opened in April 2018 and Buddy and his partners created a place that includes art that focuses on American Bad a--es and food that celebrates the best in Southern BBQ. (They recently won best BBQ at the Taste of Marietta.)
I know you will enjoy this wide ranging and fun episode...
Bill was interviewed for the Marietta Daily Journal and decided to include podcast alumni in the photo shoot at the square. Here's all the folks that showed up on a Friday in May.
Pete Bush, Matt Rooke, Crista McCay, Michael Shaffer, Carey Cox, April Forshee, Brielle Gaines, Amber Markay Byrd, Jen Stark and Christie Clark.
Any thanks to everyone that has made Marietta Stories Podcast great!
Komal and Yogesh Patel moved to the US from India where they had a hybrid arranged marriage. The hybrid part is pretty interesting, you’ll have to hear how that worked.
Anyway, they were having some health issues and made a connection between their issues and not getting the right foods, like they had in India.
So they started Nature’s Pick and brought the best natural food to just west of the square on Whitlock Avenue.
Bill speaks with the Patel’s as well as some of the other folks working at the Taste of Marietta.
Mentioned on the episode:
Nature’s Pick Market
Tickled pink Reflexology
Theatre in the Square
Johnny Walker Realty
John Silvey is a busy, busy man. I guess he was born busy. He started working at 14 years old with his mom and has not stopped. He has always had a servant’s heart.
He also is known as “the fixer”. Straightening out failing restaurants and moving on to the next challenge.
We talk about all those things plus:
Enjoy this fast paced and fun episode!
I attended the career day at Marietta High School. I spoke to some students and a few businesses. I also got to meet Sam, Amanda and Jen Hobby of 94.1…
Georgia Trade School
David McDonald — Modern Image
Marietta Theatre in the Square
Golf Tournament Sponsor Raul Thomas - 678-270-7272
In their first year, the East Cobb Hit Squad won 14 games. This spring league team of 8-10 year olds made a name for itself and plan on doing the same thing this spring.
Kvalito owner Shahid Hussain hosts a fundraising event for the team and everybody shows up: the players, the coach, the team moms and the cheerleaders.
Enjoy this fun interview!
Football Team on Facebook
Kvalito on Facebook
Felecia Prezzano and her daughter Brielle Gaines continue to build their tea empire. Today, they opened their second store in downtown Woodstock building on what they learned from their Marietta Square location. By the time I arrived, they had served over 250 orders and were very busy.
But they both had time to reflect on their journeys. We discuss their Instagram worthy restaurant design and the circle (bubble) motif designed by Cassandra Buckalew, the same Cassandra Buckalew from Season 1 of Marietta Stories Podcast.
I also met a couple, Greg and Rose that drove up from Cleveland (Georgia) just to get some of that delicious Tiny Bubbles Tea!
Roy Barnes learned politics from the front porch of his father’s general store in Mableton, Georgia. Storytelling is part of his DNA and Governor Barnes tells many in this informative interview from those humble beginnings to the governors mansion and back to Marietta.
Wonder what it was like to remove the confederate battle flag from the Georgia state flag? How about his thoughts about today’s political leaders? What about his wife’s decorations and Governor’s blend pipe tobacco?
Enjoy this fun and informative episode of a true leader.
Malika Bowling is a freelance food and travel writer based in Atlanta and Editor at Roamilicious.com. She's the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and Food Blogging 101. She has been featured on HGTV and The Huffington Post and has been a contributing writer to USA Today. Malika has also served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals.