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This is a follow-up conversation with Dr. David Notter, the retired cancer doctor in North Central Washington and we focus on how playing music has helped him through some tough times and helped his patients and their families.
In our conversation, he talks about the healing power of music and unique experience of performing classical music and bluegrass. As a recovering violinist, this gave me new insights into the experience of playing bluegrass and impact playing the music has on the performers and the audience.
He shared four short segments of fiddle playing. It is a conversation that lingers with me still.
My guest for this podcast is Dr. David Notter, a retired Wenatchee oncologist.
Notter talks about the power of empathy – of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes – and the strong relationships he developed with patients, their families and others in the community. He learned as much or more from his patients about healing than he taught them.
He talks about the difference between healing and curing and the powerful lessons that his patients taught him.
“If you watch and listen to patients with serious illness, they teach you immensely. They teach you about caring, and thereby about forces which foster empathy and ‘healing,’” he said.
Notter is one of four elders in the valley who will be sharing their wisdom and perspectives at a virtual event Sept. 20 that is sponsored by the Ripple Foundation.
I hope you enjoy our conversation.
For this podcast, I am posting a talk titled “Civil Conversations in an Angry Age,” given by University of Washington Professor David Smith recently at the Wenatchee Library. The talk was hosted by the Wenatchee YWCA was sponsored by Humanities Washington.
In the talk, Smith gives some perspective about why we are at each other’s throats and a recipe we can use to become better at engaging in these difficult conversations. Smith comes from a fascinating background. He was born into a fundamentalist Christian family and was devoted to that view. He later spent 15 years evaluating that belief system piece by piece.
He emerged from that intellectual and spiritual journey viewing the world from a progressive mindset but also committed to teaching people to think for themselves about issues that matter to them.
My guest for this episode is a remarkable young man from Leavenworth who experienced a horrendous personal tragedy – a tragedy that fueled his desire to make a difference in this world.
D’Andre Vasquez lost both parents and his grandmother in a car accident four years ago and completed his education at Cascade High School as captain of the wrestling team and and as a leader in DECA, the high school leadership program. He campaigned successfully to become international president of DECA and is traveling the country supporting its programs.
D’Andre is what I would call an “us” rather than a “me” leader. He credits his success to the support of the community, his faith and his mentors. His philosophy of challenging himself to improve every day is something each one of us can emulate and benefit from.
My guest for this episode is Suzanne MacPherson, a former educator, council member, and mayor of Cashmere.
Suzanne has leveraged a strong sense of empathy, a willingness to listen deeply, and a commitment to helping people find a sense of belonging in a career and life that has changed lives in Cashmere.
Her strong will and sense of fairness led her to successfully challenge a Cashmere school policy back in the 70s decreeing that pregnant staff members resign. That’s a practice that needed to be updated and Suzanne accepted the challenge.
Suzanne is a marvelous example of a person with deep roots in the valley who is striving to make the community great for future generations. We can all learn a lesson in relationship building from her.
My guest for this episode is Jim Wills, a relative newcomer to the Wenatchee Valley and someone who will be sharing wisdom at an event called Elder Speak on Sunday, Sept 8, 2 p.m. at the Snowy Owl Theater.
Wills will be joined on stage at the event by three other intriguing individuals, long-time realtor Mae Hamilton, former Cashmere educator and Mayor Suzanne MacPherson and retired entomologist Everett Burts.
The practical and relationship building skills Wills learned on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout has paid big dividends. He ran a small chain of restaurants before launching a career in processing research grant applications at Washington State University.
Constant improvement has been his way of approaching everything in life. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
My guest for this episode is Mae Hamilton, who at 90 years young is a dynamic seasoned real estate professional and community leader who still has lots to give to our valley.
From growing up in a home on a rural Douglas County farm to getting a degree at Washington State College, running a business and then selling real estate, Mae has learned to be an effective listener. She also is a life-long learner who is eager to step into challenges as she embraces being an elder in community.
On September 8, 2 p.m. at Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth, Mae will be one of four elders who will talk about their life experience at the Elder Speak event put on by the Ripple Foundation.
Mae Hamilton has energy to burn and a passion for creating a better community. We should find a way to tap into her talents and expertise as our valley transforms.
My guest for this episode is Erica Moshe, the founder and director of the Brave Warrior Project, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of kids with chronic conditions like cancer and developmental disabilities.
They have a resource center, deliver educational programs for parents and professionals, and have an inclusive play space in the old Press Room Theater space at 18 N. Mission Street. This nonprofit is going places.
Erica talks about what inspired her to start the nonprofit and how it has evolved into a program that is helping more than 200 families in our valley. They’re holding an open house on Tuesday July 30 at 6 p.m.
This conversation will touch your heart and give you another reason to feel hopeful and proud of our community.
My guest for this episode is 87-year-old Everett Burts, a retired Wenatchee entomologist who grew up on a remote farm near Wenatchee and who discovered his passion for science thanks to mentors at Wenatchee College.
Burts retired from the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee and farmed wheat in the Horse Lake are northwest of town. He grew up in the 1930s with his four brothers and parents on that farm and later sold the property to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust to preserve it for habitat and for public access.
During our conversation, Burts spoke about the mentors who made a difference in his life, what life was like on farm and how deeply connected he still feels to the land.
My guest for this episode is Jill Nielsen-Farrell, the daughter of longtime Wenatchee dentist Gerry Nielsen. She has started Wenatchee Community Acupuncture and treats a wide variety of conditions, including doing trauma-informed acupuncture for depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and addiction.
After losing her husband in a house fire, Nielsen-Farrell found that acupuncture helped her process her own grief and she decided to shift from a career as a social worker to helping people heal using Chinese medicine.
In our discussion, we talked about her personal journey, the unique aspects of community-based acupuncture, and her work with the Compassion Prison Project. She’s a delightful soul who I think will enrich this valley immeasurably.