A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams
Mona Batchelor Tennessee Hiking Librarian

Mona Batchelor Tennessee Hiking Librarian

October 14, 2020

Today on the show I am chatting with former Librarian, Mona Batchelor.  She’s a hometown girl with a zest for the best life has to offer.

From her roots in small town Tennessee to New Orleans and back, and virtually to towns across China, she is educating the world both virtually and by living life on her terms.

Mona and I chat about growing up in a small Tennessee town, her current job with  VIP Kid teaching English virtually in the heart of China.  We talk about the early days of the pandemic and how she has designed the life she wants even after retirement.

I so appreciate Mona taking the timeout to chat with me this today.  If you want to learn more about Mona and all her interests, you can find her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hikinglibrarian and  can find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/asoutherngirlsview 

Season 3 Teaser Promo A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

Season 3 Teaser Promo A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

October 5, 2020

Hello everyone

I’m Sandy Adams, the host of the podcast A Southern Girl’s View.

Growing up in the south, the best part of the summer was the late nights sitting outside on the front porch listening to my mom and my aunts laugh and tell stories about their childhood. Those were some of the best evenings when life was simple and the only thing to focus on was catching fireflies at dusk.

Those conversations and that summer feeling was pretty much my inspiration for this podcast.

I’m thrilled to announce Season 3 of A Southern Girl’s View podcast.  I set the bar high last season with a wide variety of guests and subjects ranging from military experts in nuclear energy to conversations with my cousin sam about California living and baseball.

This new season will be even more exciting with a wide range of interesting people from all parts of the country and around the world.  From Memphis State Handball to the Republic of Liberia, from the small towns of West Tennessee to the outposts of the British Government.

So friends, sit A SPELL, fix yourself a glass of ICED TEA AND LISTEN IN ON SOME THOUGHTFUL, AND AT TIMES FUNNY, CONVERSATIONS.

Season 3 of kicks off with my first guest and former mentor Dr. George Kieh, politician, author, political scientist and former presidential candidate for the The Republic of Liberia.

So mark your calendars, Season 3 premiers Wed Oct 7, 2020

You can listen and subscribe at asoutherngirlsview.com/podcast  and on apple podcasts, spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Remember  Season 3 premiers this Wed October 7

Traci Edwards Elopement Photographer Adventure and Vow Photography

Traci Edwards Elopement Photographer Adventure and Vow Photography

June 14, 2020

Today on the show I am chatting with Adventure and Vow’s Traci Edwards, she’s an elopement photographer based in Arizona who travels to the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, Southern Utah and Iceland for elopements.

Traci and I chat about her roots in North Carolina, her road path to Arizona, living in a van with a cat and what she’s learned along the way.  For any of you out there looking for more out of life, then Traci’s story is especially for you.  We also delve into the emotional freedom that an elopement adventure wedding can have.  Who doesn't love less stress and more love?!

There you have it friends. What an inspiring conversation I had with Traci! The biggest thing I have learned from Traci is that life is all about what you make it and what you put into it.  Dreams don’t have to be scary and that there is never a better time than right now to follow your passions to a happier future.

I so appreciate Traci taking the timeout to chat with me this today.   If you want to connect with Traci you can find her on social media, especially Instagram at www.instagram.com/adventureandvow and on her website www.adventureandvow.com.

You can find me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/asoutherngirlsview as well

And if you are feeling extra, we would love if you snapped a screen shot of this episode and posted it on Instagram stories, tagging both Traci and myself and telling us what you loved most about this episode.

And if you want to leave us even more love, then hop over to iTunes and leave us a 5 star review or leave us a comment wherever you are listening to this podcast or watching it on youtube.

Until next time, have a fantastic rest of the day.

Kate Gunderson Aerospace Engineer, Johnson Space Center | NASA

Kate Gunderson Aerospace Engineer, Johnson Space Center | NASA

May 18, 2020

Today on the show, I am chatting with Kate Gunderson, an Aerospace Engineer with NASA, the Johnson Space Center here in Houston

Kate and I talk about her roots in North Dakota, her lifelong dream to work at NASA, how running has done more than just build her endurance, her quest to be an astronaut and what role she will play later this month on May 27, when astronauts will life off from US soil for the first time in almost 9 years.

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Friends, Thank you so much for sharing this past hour (more or less) with Kate and I.

For those wishing to connect with Kate, you can find her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ndakota_kate

and you can find her on her blog at https://katelyngunderson.com/

I most appreciate you listening in today and hopefully, learning something new as well.   

If you are not yet subscribed then head over to iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to subscribe so you do not miss any of the upcoming episodes.

If you are feeling extra warm and fuzzy today please share this podcast with your family, friends and anyone else that might enjoy our conversations.  And please don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes.

Until next time, have a fantastic rest of the day!

 

Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout Curator of Anthropology Houston Museum of Natural Science

Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout Curator of Anthropology Houston Museum of Natural Science

May 5, 2020

Today on the show, I am chatting with Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, a curator of Anthropology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Dirk and I talk about his childhood in Belgium, his love affair with the Aztec and Maya, the lure of the Big Easy and a little lady named Lucy and her connection to my pup.

 

Friends, Thank you so much for sharing this past hour (more or less) with Dirk and I.

For those wishing to connect with Dirk, you can find the Houston Museum of Natural Science online at  hmns.org as well as all their social media channels as well.

Dirk can be reached direct at dirk@hmns.org

I most appreciate you listening in today and hopefully, learning something new as well.   

If you are not yet subscribed then head over to iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to subscribe so you do not miss any of the upcoming episodes.

If you are feeling extra warm and fuzzy today please share this podcast with your family, friends and anyone else that might enjoy our conversations.  And please don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes.

You can connect with me on Instagram @ASouthernGirlsView or @sap_houston or @sap_portraits

On Facebook @asoutherngirlsview or @sap.houston or @sandyadamsphotography

Dr. Sushma Jansari Curator The British Museum London

Dr. Sushma Jansari Curator The British Museum London

April 21, 2020

Today on the show, Sandy is chatting with Dr. Sushma Jansari, a curator with the British Museum in London, England.

They talk about working during a pandemic, growing up in England, the brilliance of hairspray (the product not the movie), her dream podcast guest and just what exactly keeps her busy.

For all my listeners out there, Sushma and I met last fall here in Houston.  I was working with local non-profit, Archaeology Now, and we brought her over to Houston to give a talk about the Kama Sutra - challenging the stereotypes of this ancient Indian Sanskrit text.

Brief & broad summary of conversation,

  • Current position/work
  • Pandemic & effects on museum, your life and work
  • Your website, your podcasts and social media
  • Where you were born & raised
  • What lured you into your your field of study/work
  • What locations in the world have you worked?

 

Sushma’s Social Media Links

Website https://www.thewonderhouse.co.uk

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/sushmajansari

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/thewonderhouse

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sushmajansari

Youtube > https://www.youtube.com/user/ssjan72697/featured

US Navy Pilot LCDR Steven Cooper Retired

US Navy Pilot LCDR Steven Cooper Retired

March 31, 2020

Today on the show, I am chatting with my old college buddy, retired navy pilot Lt Commander Steven Cooper, call sign “Booger”.  I…. on the other hand, have only known him simply as Coop. 

We talk about our college days at Memphis State, traveling the world, living in Italy during a pandemic, riding a camel even and his good ole flying days in the United States Navy that sometimes even resembled a blockbuster movie.

Friends I really hope you enjoyed today’s conversation with retired Lt Cmd Steven Cooper. We both really appreciate you taking the time today to listen in to our conversation.

 

I have more interesting conversations coming up in the next few days and weeks.  And as a reminder if you Are not already subscribed to my podcast, I want to encourage you to do that today. I really don’t want you to miss a single episode.  You can subscribe at asoutherngirlsview.podbean.com or on Apple Podcasts or iTunes at A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams.   You can also find me on iheart radio and Google Play Music.

And if you’re feeling extra warm and fuzzy, I would be so grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, as well. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in and read.  You can click the link in the show notes or go to iTunes find my podcast, then select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Until next time, stay safe and have a fantastic rest of the day.

A Conversation with My Cousin Sam

A Conversation with My Cousin Sam

March 22, 2020

Today, I sat down with California girl, and my cousin, Sam.  We talk pandemic, southern traditions, biscuits, a little baseball, and so, so much more.

Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

Carol Firmin - Mom, Wife, Daughter, Heart Survivor

Carol Firmin - Mom, Wife, Daughter, Heart Survivor

September 30, 2019

Sandy kicks off season 2 of A Southern Girl's View podcast interviewing Carol Firmin - a mom, wife, daughter and cardiac arrest survivor thanks to CPR.  For more information about cardiac arrest, heart disease in women and where you can learn CPR plus all the facts, etc go to www.heart.org or www.goredforwomen.org

Sandy is a 19 year volunteer with the American Heart Association and photographs the Bay Area Galveston's yearly Heart Ambassadors and Female Heart Survivor Honorees.

One Woman’s Journey With Infertility

One Woman’s Journey With Infertility

May 19, 2019

Sandy explores the personal world of infertility and one woman's journey to conceive her son.   1 in 8 women will experience some type of infertility and yet it is a subject that is not discussed as much as it should be.

Montalbano Lumber 119 years Houston strong

Montalbano Lumber 119 years Houston strong

May 3, 2019

This week Sandy interviews Joe Montalbano, a 4th generation Italian American whose great grandfather, Francesco Montalbano, immigrated to America in the late 1800s and made his way to Houston where he founded Montalbano Lumber in 1900.   Francesco started a lumber dynasty all from the humble beginnings of selling firewood.   But Francesco was not alone, and the Montalbano wives were also instrumental in the building of this Houston dynasty.  For more information and where you can buy all your house project materials, as well as lumber, visit their website at www.montalbanolumber.com   If you enjoyed this podcast, we would love a review!

Retired Lockheed Martin Test Director Valerie McNeil

Retired Lockheed Martin Test Director Valerie McNeil

April 20, 2019

In today's episode, Sandy talks with Valerie McNeil, a former Lockheed Martin Test Director based at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Valerie grew up in the small impoverished Floridian town of Casselberry, outside of Orlando, moved with her family to a Houston suburb at the age of 16, then went on to have a career in a field that she never, ever dreamed of. Valerie’s story is one of unimaginable experiences and a few humorous NASA stories but it is also an awe-inspiring picture of a wife, and mom of 2 boys by night and a valued asset to the space industry during the day. Her career path was not what most would have ever expected or guessed, but it is one of taking chances and simply saying “why not?!” She was a woman in a man’s world, but that never ever stopped her from pushing herself to do more, be more and along the way being an incredible role model to her 2 boys. Please consider leaving me a review on Itunes, also your favorite part of the podcast and a little love for Valerie - direct to Itunes

 

Author Kathleen Maca | A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

Author Kathleen Maca | A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

February 15, 2019

In this episode, Sandy chats with Galveston's own, Kathleen Maca, about everything from haunted hotels to haunted cemeteries and future books.   Plus a surprise subject that Sandy was not expecting but very relevant to so many women.  To find out more about Kathleen please visit her website at www.kathleenmaca.com or you can find her on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

To purchase her books go > HERE 

My Mom, Heart Disease & Heart Throbs | A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

My Mom, Heart Disease & Heart Throbs | A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

February 7, 2019

This episode is all about the heart!  February is Heart Month and I am sharing my story about my mom's battle with heart disease, my volunteer partnership with the American Heart Association and all those Heart Throbs.   To learn more about women and heart disease go to www.goredforwomen.org To learn more about everyone's heart health or how you can volunteer go to www.heart.org  To see all the Heart Throb portraits (now the Iconic Heart Ambassadors) go to www.sandy-adams.com/heartthrobs.

How to Stay Motivated | A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

How to Stay Motivated | A Southern Girl’s View with Sandy Adams

November 8, 2018

In this episode, Sandy dives into the popular question... "How do I stay motivated?"   Touching on a list of ways to keep your motivation up or even to find that ever disappearing motivation.

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