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From cult victim to advocate, Briell Decker re-wrote the story of her life. She grew up in a Fundamentalist Mormon sect (FLDS) in a family with 14 children and two mothers. She became the 65th wife of the prophet Warren Jeffs. After years of abuse and torment from Jeffs and his followers, Briell escaped by climbing out of a window and running barefoot to safety. After escaping the FLDS, she applied and was granted Warren Jeffs 28,000 sq foot home in Colorado City, AZ where she once lived as a wife.
Briell and husband Stevan stopped by my home studio this past week, August 2022. We talked about Briell’s life, and she recalled some of the traumatic events she encountered while a part of the FLDS. We also talked about the visit to Hawaii she and Stevan were able to take in 2021.
This episode will be impactful. Some may have desired more detail on various aspects of Briell’s life, but this was her story and she talked about things that she was comfortable discussing. For the most part, we kept things light and shared several laughs. But make no mistake, Briell; through her example, continues to inspire everyone, showing that anything is possible in life. She’s created hope, and refuge for other women and children leaving the FLDS.
You can follow what’s going on with Briell by visiting her website: Brielldecker.com
At 33, Mike French had an experience that took his life in a different direction.
Mike grew up in Michigan without a father figure but overall, had a fairly normal upbringing if you can have a normal upbringing without a father figure. A traumatic event in high school set him back for a time, but he pressed forward with a positive attitude. A job that contributed to addictive concerns, a marriage that went south, these may have put others over the edge. But Mike decided he was ready for a change as he met the love of his life and headed west.
So how did things go? What happened at 33?
Spend an hour and get to know the life story of Mike French.
In today’s episode of Nobody Knows Your Story, I visit with friend and career TV Meteorologist, Jim Barach. Jim recalls spending 38 years working as a broadcaster in nine different states. One of those states, New Mexico is where I met Jim as we worked together at KIVA Channel 12. That was about seven or eight Presidents ago.
Jim’s last job in broadcasting took him to WCHS in Charleston, West Virginia to work as Chief Meteorologist. Jim spent thirteen years at WCHS, and he still lives in Charleston. So, have you ever wondered about the people you see doing the news on TV? Listen in and you will have many of your questions answered as Jim discusses the ups and downs of a life in television.
It just would not be Nobody Knows podcast without having Jim tell us about his family. Jim talks glowingly about his daughter Summer, and wife Karen who he met while working in Wichita, Kansas. He’ll also touch on growing up in Southern California where he and I had a funny connection.
Lastly, you’ll hear what Jim is doing now. It seems like everyone is talking politics these days and that’s pretty much what Jim is doing on a daily basis. That’s known as a tease!
How does a young man growing up in Detroit, Michigan end up a world class musician living on an island in the middle of the Pacific? Tom Conway tells just exactly how he made his way to Maui back in 1977 and how he developed into a well-known guitar player playing with music legends from Alice Cooper to Willie Nelson.
Of course, this does not just happen. Tom talks about trips back to the mainland to further his guitar education and the reality of life as a professional musician. There are musical highs such as being a member of Hawai’i music legend Willie K’s band and the lows of his early years on Maui when life necessitated working a myriad of other jobs to survive.
But survive he did, and he’d be the first to tell you that wife Sandy and her encouraging, supportive nature has been instrumental in his ability to thrive in the land of Aloha.
Yeah, you think you know somebody. I sat down with Dan Kelly and listened to his life story and learned a few things I did not know.
Dan grew up in the Boston area; knew that. Dan played bugle in the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corp; did not know that. Dan worked in a shipyard; did not know that. Dan plays softball year round, I knew that. Dan was in the Air Force; knew that. Dan was a referee and umpire for a variety of sports from recreational to college level, did not know that. Dan has had a number of motorcycles and has made a cross country trip honoring Veterans; did not know that. Dan got into track and field and ended up with a U.S. National Champ; did not know that. Dan was a corrections officer for 14 years, I knew that.
Oh yeah, there’s more. So kick back and listen to the life story of Daniel Francis Joseph Kelly.
DISCLAIMER: There's a bit of salty language in this podcast.
Dave and I have been friends for more than forty years and we share quite a history, some of which comes out during Dave's life story. But, that's not why Dave is here.
Though I may be a bit partial, I believe Dave is a gifted artist and teacher. He's taught art at the university / college level for over thirty years and has continued with his own painting during this time. Art is often subjective, but you can take a look at some of Dave's work by going to his Instagram which is simply, Fruitmandu.
Outside of his art and painting, Dave loves pretty much anything outdoors but in particular, fishing. You'd better understand Dave's passion for fishing if you met him as you'd quickly notice the large fish tattoos that adorn both arms.
Like many, Bob Fondiller’s life has been shaped by decisions he made in his youth. Since I hear our brains do not fully develop until we’re twenty-five, I feel comfortable using twenty-five as the age of becoming an adult. (Rental car companies use this figure as well for adult consideration.)
So, here’s Bob, working as a golf caddie through high school, having a strong math background and thinking he’ll become a math teacher. But a professor tells Bob he would make a good MBA candidate and that takes Bob’s life down a different path. A path that has ended up with him spending the majority of his very active life on the island of Maui.
Listen as Bob recalls what has been a very interesting life journey.