Sunday Morning Magazine

Sunday Morning Magazine is a local Seattle podcast featuring guests from local non-profit agencies, authors and specialists in the fields that are the focus of each weekend's informative conversation. These focus areas include education, environment, charities, crime, health, domestic issues, and youth.

Latest Episodes

Chuck Potrykus, Let's commit to eliminating stigma around mental illness

Chuck Potrykus is a licensed mental health counselor deeply committed to his work of educating and helping persons dealing with a spectrum of mental health issues. The focus of this visit was to speak about addiction and the help that is available, and that it’s not a one size fits all situation. Learning and demonstrating compassion are a key way that all of us can be supportive. And this could be a way to encourage a friend or family member to seek professional help.


David Downing, COO of YES, big insights on youth suicide epidemic

David Downing, COO of YES–Youth Eastside Services gives a important overview of youth suicide, with specific note of the situation on the Eastside. David has worked in the field of family services for 30 years and says that until the last decade suicide did not factor into teen life situations. Now ‘new’ stressors–excelling to be in the best, the A colleges, on the best sports’ team, keeping up with all on social media has placed a heavy burden on young people, and suicide is seen as a solution. Supporting the work YES does helps all of all to be part of the solution. A fundraising breakfast is scheduled for Wed March 18 at Maydenbauer Center in Bellevue, 7:30am with Guest Speaker, Kevin Hines, suicide prevention advocate (suicide survivor). **Will be postponed depending on health condition status the week of the event.


Hand in Hand Kids: Kids need connection, hope, compassion, community

Hand in Hand Kids is an important, critical service for children who are facing foster care. Hand in Hand Kids provides help from the first hours to on-going support for families in crisis. Now into their 10th year Hand in Hand Kids has grown and expanded their services to help children feel loved and cared for, to help family grow to be intact. A big celebration is planned for June to acknowledge this and share with the community. We all can help in support through volunteering and donations. Amber Lindamood is the Director of Programs, Janaela–Manager of the Safe Place Program, and Porsche– manager of the Outreach Programs.


Jasmine Jean & Matthew helping sick children, "SnuggleBuds"

Jasmine Jean is a childhood cancer survivor, and Matthew is her life and business partner. Together they have created “SnuggleBuds”. Based on her feelings to escape treatment as a child, Jasmine dreamed of the SnuggleBuds. This ‘doll’, a bud, that looks as similar as possible to the child–which includes have a spot for a catheter, a port for transfusion lines, the things a child going through treatment will deal with. Children intuitively know what to do with the various items and it'[s comforting. The SnuggleBuds are now in countries across the globe. Jasmine and Matthew are seeking partners and volunteers for this wonderful project.


Toby Nelson, Be aCOUNTable! Let's each do our part for Census 2020.

Toby Nelson works with the US Census Bureau and is well infomred about the 2020 Census. It’s easier to respond, than ever before. There’s always the mail, but also an 800 number, and an online option. Toby provides a good perspective about the need to respond. The population statistics do affect the makeup of Congress. But beyond this it impacts the budgets for services and infrastructure as population stats grow and shift. Information will begin arriving mid March, and Census Day is April 1, 2020.

The first Census happened in 1790!


Seattle Urban Academy, Dedicated to providing quality education for All!

Seattle Urban Academy is a positive, alternative, educational community where high school students overcome risks and develop academic, social, and spiritual maturity to graduate to higher education and sustained employment. JT Williams is the Admissions Coordinator, and David McIntosh is a Teacher, and Student Development Coordinator. Together they provide strong insights to the great work being done at SUA. The teacher/student ratio is about 9-1. Students feel seen and supported, and this is evidenced in the fact that 96% of seniors graduate. 75% of graduates that enter a 4-year college complete their degree. Community is critical to this success. Community members volunteer in many ways: tutor; bring lunches for students and staff, and participate; provide employment opportunities. Also financial donations support students in their education. Consider being involved.


February is a perfect time to begin taking perfect care of your heart

February is Heart Health Awareness month. Dr. Susie Woo is a cardiologist with Virginia Mason, and along with Monique Shields—a woman who represents very many of us–women with some history of heart disease in the family, and very possibly dealing with high blood pressure. It’s all about life style and with taking this month to focus on it, we can begin, or continue good healthy steps. Monique made some positive changes in her life 2 years ago to incorporate some form of exercise, or activity, along with paying greater attention to her diet. Dr. Woo supports us making changes, and living a preventive life style. Friday, February 7 is Wear Red Day. It helps raise awareness, so wear the Red. There are 2 luncheons that help raise awareness: Friday Feb 18 at the Westin in Seattle; Wednesday March 11, at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma.

"Struck–A Husband's Memoir of Trauma and Triumph" Shows the Power of Love, Prayer, & Personal Connections

Doug Segal is author of “Struck–A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph”. Seven years ago a horrific accident in LA left Doug’s wife, Susan, with broken bones from head to toe, including a broken neck. It was a miracle she actually survived. Doug’s email updates connected family, friends, and a wide network of others to Susan’s condition, and these were angels Doug says who were instrumental in Susan’s recovery. The story impacted many people. And there is a connection to a Martin Luther King Celebration being held at the Segal’s Temple, that brings together Susan, her daughter, Alice, and a kind “Angel” who helped Alice the day of the accident. This is a great story for any time or season as it really shows the power of love, prayer, and our connection to each other.


Elizabeth Fisher Good is Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking with Her New Book "Groomed"

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good is the CEO and co-founder of Selah Freedom and the Selah Way Foundation, which exists to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking of children and young adults. Elizabeth is also the author of a new book which reveals how sexual exploitation and other exploitation begins at a very young age, and how we can become healed, and empowered to make changes: Groomed–Overcoming the Messages That Shaped Our Past and Limit Our Future.

One key way to make a difference now is to call our Federal representatives to support House Bill 4388 which provides for the implementation of curricula for training students, teachers, and school personnel to understand, recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human trafficking and exploitation in children and youth. It included age-appropriate curricula for students from K-12.



The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating to Getting Serious to forming a Blended Family

Karen Bonnell is a co-parent coach, mediator and trainer who helps families and couples navigate some emotional territory to reach a healthy place for all. Karen has over 30 years’ experience working with families, and she is located close by in Kirkland. Karen’s new book “The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating to Getting Serious to forming a Blended Family” is co-written with Patricia Papernow, a nationally recognized expert on ‘blended families’. Together they present a great navigation tool to help couples and families avoid the pitfalls of rushing into blending families. As Karen reiterates, the slower we go, the faster the journey will proceed.