We are proud to present Mabio Costa.  Mabio is a Motivational speaker, Triathlete, and two-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion.  This proud American citizen who was born in Goiânia, Brazil works as a practitioner at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates (POA).  Mabio continues to compete and thrive against able-bodied athletes while providing inspiration for the entire Amputee Community.  The AMP’D UP211 Video Podcast is hosted by Rick Bontkowski, a right-below-knee amputee.

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Episode 140: A conversation with Masey Kaplan on the Loose Ends Project

In today’s episode, Saul talks with Masey Kaplan who is one of the founders of the Loose Ends Project about the Loose Ends Project and the therapeutic value it brings to end of life care. Masey Kaplan is a graphic designer and voracious knitter. The idea for Loose Ends Project came about when Masey Kaplan and Jennifer Simonic, both avid knitters, realized that they had a shared experience: Friends would often ask them to finish blankets, sweaters, or other projects left undone by deceased loved ones. They always do so enthusiastically, understanding what it feels like to wear something a loved one has made. 

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A Work Of Fiction – with Author Will Thatcher

Author Will Thatcher is in the coffee shop today! Will writes addiction fiction. Unlike a lot of other books, this book is not is not intended to get people sober, it was written for entertainment purposes. 

While Will has written novels in his past, this novel came from needing a creative outlet in recovery. Sober for 5 1/2 years, Will always kept a journal, keeping track of all the different themes and ideas related to his recovery. It wasn’t until he found himself jealous that his sponsor had a creative outlet with acting classes that he realized he had his own creative outlet – he could turn his journal and ideas into a novel. And he did.

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Episode 139: A conversation with Juli Boit about her new book, “Brave Love: A Nurse’s Story of Courage and Compassion in a Kenyan Hospice.”

In Today’s episode, Saul talks to Juli Boit about her new book,Brave Love: A Nurse’s Story of Courage and Compassion in a Kenyan Hospice.” In 2004, at just 25 years old, Juli Boit embarked on a remarkable journey from her home in Los Angeles to a remote Kenyan village of Kipkaren River. Driven by a profound calling and desire to make a difference, Juli witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on the local community, particularly among young adults and children. Year after year, she dedicated herself to caring for the sick and dying alongside her Kenyan colleagues. 


Now, nearly two decades later, Juli has gathered a collection of stories that reveal the essence of her courageous and compassionate journey. Her new book, “Brave Love: A Nurse’s Story of Courage and Compassion in a Kenyan Hospice” is a powerful testament to the transformative power of love and will be released on November 6, 2023. Brave Love invites readers to explore the heart and soul of hospice care in Kenya, offering a beacon of hope in even the most challenging circumstances. 


Guided by the question, “What does it look like to love in this situation?” Juli dives deep into the essence of love in challenging circumstances, something we can all relate to. And Juli will tell you that loving your neighbor can happen anywhere – both in a Kenyan hospice and right down the street. 


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