Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 11: My Favorite Things with Pat Hoppe


That is What I Do: Soundbite

Pat is an actor who has graced stages as a leading lady, directed a number of plays, and established a Montessori School.  Currently, she is directing an upcoming play, Agatha Christie’s “The Stranger” at Seguin’s The Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre. Pat also inspired your host to enter the theatre life and directed him in his first stage performance, Juror Number 9 in Twelve Angry Men.

Episode 11: My Favorite Things

For additional information about the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre: http://www.thetexas.org


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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 10: Just Hop In with Thomas R. Engler

Just Hop In: Soundbite

A family’s love for music flowed through Tom’s childhood heart with such persistent force that his life followed the path of a musician.  His community was a performing arts incubator that gave Tom an abiding love for liturgical and classical music.  His appreciation for those who gave him the exposure and opportunities to follow his creative journey is seen in his giving back to the community through performances and in the many violin, piano and voice students who emerge from his studio year after year.

Episode 10: Just Hop In with Thomas R. Engler

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For more information about Emanuel’s Lutheran Church in Seguin, TX: https://www.emanuelslutheranchurch.com

Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.


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Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 9: Saving Lives: A Mad Love for Theatre with C. J. Washington

Soundbite: Yes to Creativity Says Yes to Your Life.
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The mantra of yes, straight away or with variations, guides this leading lady of life with a mad love for the theatre on a creative journey that has saved and improved her life, those closest to her, and those of the people along her path.  At one time in her life, C. J. Washington was a goat rancher by day, a student by afternoon, an actress by evening, and a mother full time.  C. J. believes that, “Yes to your creativity says yes to your life.”

Saving Lives: A Mad Love for Theatre with C. J. Washington

For more information about the Mid-Texas Symphony: https://www.mtsymphony.org

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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 7: The Long Road from Howling Monkeys to “Bottom of the Deck” with Bill Salt

The Wilson County Band
from left to right
Bruce Hartwig, Bill Salt, Jeff Ray, Brady Renner

Growing up in the Big Apple on Staten Island, Bill kept “borrowing” his sister’s Christmas present, a ukulele.  Soon he moved to a guitar, then another, and another, until…, he put his music aside for a very long time.  As fortune would have it, a day arrived a short time ago, and he set off on a new musical journey with family and friends to reach new horizons. 

The Long Road from Howling Monkeys to “Bottom of the Deck”
Cover of the Second CD from Wilson County

Wilson County Band Home Page: https://wilson-county.com

Love Story in Paris: http://www.thetamarindtree.fr/gallery/brady-blair-2/

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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

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Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 6: Little Steps of Bravery with Bailey Jo Simpson

From an early age, Bailey Jo has worked with determination and discipline to nurture her creativity.  After university, she packed her car to follow her passion for singing and songwriting.  On arriving in New Braunfels, Texas, a rainbow welcomed her.  Some time later, it happened again.  Another rainbow, this one guides her to a new avenue of expression. 

While forging her journey, Bailey Jo is not forgetting the difficulties of building dreams.  She uses her experience to guide and foster the creativity of the youth in the community. 

Little Steps of Bravery

Bailey Jo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/restlesslittlething/

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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

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Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 5: A View from the Tree House: The Renaissance in Children’s Books with Hannah Farmer

I was so wrong.  An hour of storytelling at the library was so much more than listening to someone reading from a book.  There was singing, lessons in the alphabet, bending and stretching exercises, and coloring a rainbow.  Join us in listening to Hannah’s journey from her job of shelving children’s books to enriching the lives of toddlers to teenagers.  

A View from the Tree House: The Renaissance in Children’s Books with Hannah Farmer

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For more information about the Seguin Public Library and its many programs and activities visit: Seguin Public Library

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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 4: It’s About Developing a Team with Gerald Thiele

Gerald tells us about his leaving a life on the corporate ladder, jumping into entrepreneurship, and making critical changes to his lifestyle to become healthier and happier.  His discipline, with occasional lapses, and hard work reward him with clarity of thought, a new direction, and a purpose-driven life.  Listen in and hear Gerald’s thoughtful and inspiring story of taking control of life and reaching a sense of fulfillment.

Developing a Team with Gerald Thiele

For more information about Gerald’s company: Phoenix Heat Technologies, Inc.

For more information about the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Wellness Center: Wellness Center

Gerald mentions:

Tony Robbins and How to Start the Day

Grant Cardone and Living the 10X Life

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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Seguin sculptor gives lessons on the road

From the Seguin Gazette Enterprise

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:15 pm, Tue Apr 26, 2011.

Staff reports |

EL PASO – Sculptor Marika Bordes recently made presentations to university and high school students at the request of the University of Texas at El Paso.

“When Marika talks with students about how she creates her sculptures, they literally lean forward to get closer to her and learn from her as they are drawn in and captured by her passion,” said Dr. Richard Padilla, vice president for student affairs at UTEP. “The pictures of her in the presentation, a petite woman wielding a chainsaw, attacking large blocks of wood while making the first cuts in creating a sculpture, instantly challenge and inspire the students to see themselves in new ways.

“Marika is a great role model. Like the sculptures she creates, she is elegant in her simplicity, inspires others to see beyond boundaries, and she is always full of surprises,” Padilla said.

The university students learned about creativity, teaching methods, conceptual sculpture and the art of living.

Marika offered some advice for the future teachers of Texas children: “Along your path, as an artist, share ideas; as a teacher, encourage each creative spirit; as a creative person, continue to learn and appreciate life’s lessons.”

Riverside High School students from the Ysleta Independent School District and Chapin High School students from the El Paso Independent School District also heard presentations by Marika.

“As an artist, I am here today to open the doors to the art world, challenging you to enter it freely and without fear,” she told the students. “I also have the privilege to help demystify the art of making sculpture.”

Marika met Saturday afternoon, April 16, with more than 100 high school students participating in the Upward Bound program which provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

The focus of the presentation was similar to the one for the high school classes, but it included an exhibit of Marika’s sculptures and tools.

Students came in small groups to the stage to view sculptures and ask questions about the art of sculpting, creativity and the business of art.

“When you take the next step on your journey, search for the unopened doors,” she told the students. “You have the keys. Do it with a clear and giving heart. Life is nothing but an offering.”

The presentations were made April 14-16 in El Paso.

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