Ep 47: A Creative Approach to Solving Environmental Issues With Molly Morse

Ep 47: A Creative Approach to Solving Environmental Issues With Molly Morse

She is one of the bright and innovative people who is bringing new technologies to work for a sustainable planet, and I am intrigued to learn more. Join me now in my conversation with Molly Morse, to learn more about her passion for positive-impact plastics, the health of the environment and her creative approach.

Dr. Molly Morse is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based startup company, that uses wastewater treatment plant methane gas to manufacture biodegradable materials. Her vision of the future involves the proliferation of anaerobic digestion so that methane can be used to make electricity, fuels, and materials – creating local regions of economic resiliency.

Molly received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.S. from Cornell University. Dr. Morse has contributed to multiple patents, publications, and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to upscale the biomanufacturing technology of using methane gas to produce biodegradable materials. Their current focus is on the production of waste-derived biopolymers that can be used as fibers for the textile and fashion industry.

More in this episode

    Dr. Molly Morse discusses what Mango Materials does to create a new product that is a substitute for conventional plastics that can go into fibers to be made into clothing and other uses.

    The material that is produced can be used for cosmetic packaging, plastic bags, fibers for clothing and more, that can break down rather than remain in the environment.

    In the conversation, we discuss the various applications that the product can be used for and how the product could break down after use.

    We learn more about how Dr. Morse shares her passion for a better environment and bio-composites that would be able to be used within environmentally friendly construction applications through her processes.

    Dr. Morse shared her journey to becoming a business owner and how her educational path leads her to the present.

    She discussed how the company is transitioning out of R & D and into application development.

    Molly shares how she came up with the company name and creativity was significant in that process.

Molly Morse says, “How we encourage our children to solve problems, it isn’t something that can’t be undervalued. Those key moments can stick with kids for a really long time. Challenges can lead to lots of solutions. Fostering creativity from a very young age and encouraging it is important.”

Molly identifies with this quote, “The creative adult is the child who has survived.”– Julian F. Fleron

One of the quotes to add to that is Einstein when he said, “Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.”

Links

The Green Biz Conference: https://www.Greenbiz.com

https://www.greenbiz.com/events/verge-conference/oakland/2018

The Red Cross:

https://www.redcross.org

Other ways to help victims of Camp Fire:

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/news/how-help-victims-california-wildfires-ncna936911

Articles about forest fire management:

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060106627

https://climatecrocks.com/2018/11/19/forests-need-more-than-raking/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MangoMaterials/

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mango-materials/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MolMorse & https://twitter.com/MangoMaterials

Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/mangomaterials/ & https://www.instagram.com/mollycmorse/

Website:

https://www.mangomaterials.com

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Ep 46: When the Love of Literature and Scotland Turns into a Podcast with Ginger Wiseman

Ep 46: When the Love of Literature and Scotland Turns into a Podcast with Ginger Wiseman

Ginger Wiseman is one of the co-hosts (with her sister) Summer Reynolds, of The Outlander Podcast. She has a great story of how her love of the books and then the series, and a passion for Scotland, led them to create a podcast for fans. I always have a great deal of fun learning about how my guests found their creative niche. Today is no exception.

More in this episode

● We learn about Ginger’s story and what got her and her sister, Summer into hosting two podcasts.

● How the two sisters connected over literature through the years and how that strengthened their love of the written word in multiple languages.

● She discusses her love of the Outlander series and the events that led to the creation of their fandom podcast.

● Ginger shared what led her and her sister to create The All Souls Podcast and how that helped them broaden their horizons with fans, friends, and travel.

● She shares how she was able to get involved with ComicCon working in press and the benefits that have helped her grow her shows and gain more visibility.

● Ginger shared more about The All Souls Con event and that she follows the book releases and shows coming out with the international networks.

● The sisters planned for the long haul as the main character had not yet been cast.

● Ginger shares how she was able to plan out the podcast episodes in alignment with the books and episodes for content.

● She noticed early on that there was a random invitation to join for an after-show. She felt that guests found more value when they did a live video in their private FB group after-show right after the episode ends.

● Having a sponsor never changed their content, schedule or format.

● She felt empowered to have a podcast through her exploration of what other podcast hosts were offering and her love of the dramatic arts growing up.

● She shares her journey with her sister to Scotland and how they created a group experience trip they do yearly.

Ginger says, “While everyone has their own talents or abilities that they’ve honed, whatever it is that you feel, even if you’re not doing it professionally, whatever it is that you feel is a great outlet for you creatively.[SIC] Being creative must be intentional. It’s important if you are creative that you have to make time for those things. It is needed and a very important part of life.”

Resources

https://www.outlanderpod.com

https://www.allsoulspod.com

https://www.podabroad.com

https://www.facebook.com/outlanderpod/

https://www.facebook.com/allsoulspod/

https://twitter.com/bookishginge?lang=en

Outlander Book Series

All Souls Book Series

https://www.amc.com

Ep 45: A Gifted Geyser Of Artistic Expression A Conversation With Jonathan Fong

Ep 45: A Gifted Geyser Of Artistic Expression A Conversation With Jonathan Fong

Today’s podcast has a fascinating guest, Jonathan Fong. From plans for kid’s projects to ideas for sophisticated weddings, Jonathan just shines! Home decorating, crafting, and entertainment are not the only things he knows about, but he also has a unique gift to teach us how to master his creative visions. I love that Jonathan always dresses impeccably and adds unique touches to his ensemble. His approach proves that men’s fashions can be both original and very dapper.

In this conversation, you’ll learn more about the innovative Jonathan Fong and his “creative approach.”

More in this episode

  • What Jonathan is doing on a daily basis and how he inspires others.
  • Jonathan didn’t really become a designer until later on in life and shares where he started out before he got to this point in his journey.
  • He discusses his career beginnings and the struggles he had when he experienced “left brain, right brain conflict” where he was trying to be creative in a non-creative field.
  • Jonathan was encouraged that if he “had huge creative tendencies to explore them!”
  • How his creative exploration led him to greater opportunities such as being on HGTV, writing books, creating a business and his own show on YouTube
  • The value of creating your own content on YouTube and what that can lead to.
  • How working with Disney and teaching on kid’s crafts helped him gain a wider audience to infuse creativity in the lives of millions.
  • We discussed his exploration of infusing his creativity into his cooking as well.
  • Who influenced Jonathan to embrace his creativity throughout his life.
  • How his fun and playful attitude has helped people make their art more personal.
  • Craft books on the horizon may include more Jewish Crafts and Dog and Cat Crafts.
  • Jonathan feels that creativity is one of the most important things in this world. He says, “that for us creative folks, or for people that want to be creative, it’s our duty to create because creativity is the opposite of destruction. There is so much destruction in the world and so much of the world is geared towards destruction, both physical and spiritual. However you create, whether it’s through crafting or cooking or building or painting or singing – however you express yourself to create or make something – that counteracts the destruction. We can change the world by creating.”

Resources:

Website

Jonathan on Facebook

Instagram

Youtube: Style with A Smile

Books on Amazon: Walls That Wow, Flowers That Wow, Parties That Wow

CHA (The Craft & Hobby Association, now known as The Association For Creative Industries)

E-how for more on creating a fun party, cooking, crafts, and more.

Jewish Film Festival in Sacramento

Ep 44: Finding Beauty in the Imperfections with Linda Gelfman

Ep 44: Finding Beauty in the Imperfections with Linda Gelfman

Joining me on the show today is a professor of ceramics at American River College in Sacramento, a founding member of The E Street Gallery and Studios, and one of my favorite art teachers, Linda Gelfman.

She has recently been exploring soft-sculpture as well as her ceramic work. She used her textile pieces in a recent show at The Kaneko Gallery at American River College, titled “Cognitive Dissonance.” The show examined the multilayers of life. “Linda’s Lollies¨ the name she’s given her anthropomorphic soft sculptures, have a mixture of cuteness and the bizarre. Her work has focused on finding beauty in the imperfections that working with clay can provide.

Some of her earliest art-related memories include playing in her friend’s wet sandbox. Her love of creativity led her through college, where she was surprised and elated she was able to major in art and could share that love with others. She continued to build an incredible career teaching, installing her work in galleries and continued her education at Sacramento State in graduate school.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to chat with Linda. Our conversation is full of passion for the creative process and the love she has for teaching others. If you need the inspiration to get back into the flow of creativity, listen to this episode, and make sure to check out the ways to connect further with Linda.

More in this episode:
● Linda believes everyone has creativity within themselves.
● Linda found working with clay using the Wabi Sabi method in her early 20s Which helped her gain a deeper appreciation of finding beauty in the imperfect.
● She shares how students can feel empowered in their creativity and sense of expression.
● Linda shares her methods for creating dynamic pieces that go against the traditional “rules.”
● She enjoys using upcycled materials to integrate new textures and elements into her work and recent gallery installations.
● Linda believes that following your passion is the best way to help and serve humanity.
● She was able to make art and make a living for years.
● Linda believes it’s vital for artists to get back to the fluidity of their process to ignite their creative spark and to go “outside the lines of perfectionism.”
● She feels art is important and encourages everyone to take an art class “because it will change your life.”
● It’s OK to be different because that makes us unique and marvelous.
● She shares her thought on what to do if you’re feeling disconnected from life.

Resources:

Find Linda at The E Street Gallery

Linda Gelfman on Facebook: Gelfman Art

Become one of her students at American River College

Snow After Fire Art Piece

Meow Wolf

Article on Fire Retardant planes from McClelland

Link to map of fire situation in California this year

Fort McMurray, Alberta fire

43: Crafting The Life You Love With Amy Tan

43: Crafting The Life You Love With Amy Tan

 Joining me on the show today is crafter, designer and author, Amy Tangerine. Amy has always had a creative outlook on life. Growing up in Chicago, she wallpapered her walls with pages from fashion magazines. 

She has recently written a book titled Craft A Life You Love, a book that shows readers how to find their flow, maintain a positive mindset, and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. The book was a passion project for Amy that was written to inspire others to live their creative lives. Amy self-published her book, and after it was on Amazon for a while, some publishers contacted her asking to publish her book. It was a great honor for Amy too have been contacted by publishers so she hired an agent to help her shop around for a publisher. It has been really great because it now has color pages and is now selling in bookstores all over the world.

Amy’s life has been a winding journey but she has always used her creativity to ground herself. Some of her earliest craft memories include making friendship bracelets and tie-dyeing shirts. Her crafting progressed through the years and continues to bring her great joy.

More creativity in this episode: 

  • Amy believes everyone is creative in some way.
  • Amy shares how she switched colleges because of her love of fashion.
  • Amy’s successfulness in crafting/fashion fueled her entrepreneurship.
  • Amy found scrapbooking to be a special experience/release during a very stressful time in her life.
  • If you want to get creative on paper, just do what you feel.
  • Scrapbooking can involve taking pictures with your phone and printing them out so you have something tangible to hold.
  • Crafting the life you love means infusing creativity into your life every day.
  • Amy collaborates with American Crafts and has many scrapbook collections.
  • Finding your strengths in crafting can make you money
  • Find a craft that makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
  • Be intentional when selecting your crafts so that you have freedom, fulfillment or fun.
  • Amy is involved with City Year and will design their invitations this year.
  • Wearing “a lot of hats” is not a bad thing if you balance them effectively.
  • Carve out time each day to enjoy your creative endeavors.
  • When working on a project, don’t focus on perfection. Give yourself grace and have fun!

 

Connect with Amy!

Amy’s Website

Amy’s Blog

Amy on Facebook

Amy on Twitter

Amy’s Instagram

Amy’s Pinterest

Amy’s YouTube Channel

Amy on Vimeo

42: Feeding Your Creativity with Food and Flavor with Lina Fat

42: Feeding Your Creativity with Food and Flavor with Lina Fat

Lina Fat is VP of Culinary Research and Development for Fat Family Restaurant Group, based in Sacramento, CA. Her first dream was to be a pharmacist, which she fulfilled when she earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California-San Francisco in 1964, where she met and married her husband, Kenneth.

Her father-in-law, the late Frank Fat, founded the landmark Sacramento restaurant, Frank Fat’s in 1939, where many of the state’s most influential figures have dined for more than 70 years. Lina joined the restaurant business when the second restaurant, China Camp, opened in 1974. In 1976, Fat City Bar & Grill was opened, and since 2000, the Fat family has opened Fat’s Asia Bistro in Roseville and in Folsom.

Lina traveled the world to train under master chefs in Switzerland, France, and Italy, and at the Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She has spent a lifetime discovering new culinary secrets for what is now her specialty—combining flavors from around the globe!

She is a favorite featured guest on local Sacramento TV as well as authoring The Lina Fat Cookbook: Recipes from the Fat Family Restaurants. Lina and the Fat restaurants have received numerous awards over the years, and she has been actively involved in many community boards and organizations. Proving that her creative interests extend far beyond the kitchen, in 2007 she launched the Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival, which showcases the cultural diversity of the region through presentation of ethnic dance from around the world by local talent. Lina is a true pioneer who has never been afraid to take on one more challenge in her creative and inspiring life.

Show Highlights:

  • Lina’s semi-retired life now after over 40 years in the restaurant business, helping run 4 restaurants and a catering business
  • The four Fat restaurants serving American Chinese food and receiving the James Beard Award a few years ago for Frank Fat’s Restaurant started in 1939 by her father-in-law
  • The funny story of how the famous Banana Cream Pie came to the menu in the early days
  • Lina’s beginning as a pharmacist and then a stay-at-home mom who started cooking and exploring her creativity
  • How she advised her father-in-law about opening a restaurant commemorating Chinese immigrants and then started writing and testing recipes
  • How Lina took on the new job of running the kitchen and managing the staff, bringing in new and innovative ideas and techniques
  • Similarities between work as a pharmacist and a chef and how LIna applied some of the same principles to her new career
  • The story of the historic bar and their branching into “bar food” at Fat City Bar & Grill
  • How Lina took on the new challenge as restaurant manager
  • Why a restaurant turns out to be a good training ground for learning life skills
  • Why she made her children and other young people start out as dishwashers in the restaurant
  • How she branched out into writing a cookbook
  • How Lina became a local TV chef—way before TV chefs were “a thing”
  • When Emeril Lagasse used one of her recipes on his famous show
  • Creativity in translating the Spanish tapas concept into dim sum
  • Only one of her children has followed her into the restaurant business and two have followed their father into dentistry
  • Lina’s advice to those who want to be chefs—Develop your palate!
  • Trends that Lina sees in the modern restaurant business
  • Lina’s love for small farmers’ markets and local CA resources
  • Lina’s story of her flourless chocolate cake mishap early in her marriage and how she took the failure as a challenge
  • Lina’s thoughts on creativity: “Don’t create just to create. Like food, creativity should have a purpose and a balance. Start with the basics first.”

Resources:

The Lina Fat Cookbook: Recipes from the Fat Family Restaurants, by Lina Fat

 

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