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"Passing Through Life" is an opportunity to hear how people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences have made it through significant life transitions. This includes deaths, relocation, unusual job choices, new businesses, illnesses and special needs, creative projects, etc. Hearing how others have managed major transitions both teaches and inspires us! Host Luanne Bole-Becker interviews a new guest each episode to share a motivational story of persistence and perspective, complete with invaluable lessons learned. Podcast is hosted by Emmy winner Luanne Bole-Becker, music and production by Bryan Becker.

"Passing Through Life" is an opportunity to hear how people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences have made it through significant life transitions. This includes deaths, relocation, unusual job choices, new businesses, illnesses and special needs, creative projects, etc. Hearing how others have managed major transitions both teaches and inspires us! Host Luanne Bole-Becker interviews a new guest each episode to share a motivational story of persistence and perspective, complete with invaluable lessons learned. Podcast is hosted by Emmy winner Luanne Bole-Becker, music and production by Bryan Becker.
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"Passing Through Life" is an opportunity to hear how people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences have made it through significant life transitions. This includes deaths, relocation, unusual job choices, new businesses, illnesses and special needs, creative projects, etc. Hearing how others have managed major transitions both teaches and inspires us! Host Luanne Bole-Becker interviews a new guest each episode to share a motivational story of persistence and perspective, complete with invaluable lessons learned. Podcast is hosted by Emmy winner Luanne Bole-Becker, music and production by Bryan Becker.

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Episodes

#10--The Battles We Didn't Choose

5/15/2019
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If you've only been married five months and your wife is the one who gets diagnosed with breast cancer? Well, clearly your honeymoon is REALLY over. Even though cancer hits way too many of us, we are still shocked when it attacks someone particularly young and vibrant. Such was the case with Jennifer Merendino. Her husband Angelo is our guest this episode, recounting how he and his wife Jen dealt with her double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and breast reconstruction before their...

Duration:01:10:55

#9--Leaving the Dream Job Behind

5/1/2019
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It's one thing to strive and change to obtain a "dream job." It's quite another to have the clarity and courage to give up that dream job to pursue an atypical path, a stronger calling. Jody Adams-Fesco did just that when she chose to leave an illustrator job at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio, and move into Cook Forest, Pennsylvania, to help her mom run a historic 30-room lodge and nearby rustic cabins. Would her artistic skills translate into this whole new world? Would her...

Duration:00:58:22

#8--No Regrets

4/16/2019
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Finally! We turn the tables as our host Luanne Bole-Becker shares her story of transitions, including dealing with Alzheimer's. At first, it's a story of improbable job changes. With a degree in accounting but a constant urge to infuse life with more creativity and adventure, Luanne eventually transitioned into an exciting career working with the families of the Challenger astronauts. (Even when they were based in another city, they created a job just for Luanne!) It takes an awful lot of...

Duration:01:06:42

#7-- Leaving the Big Apple

4/3/2019
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We pretty much expect that if we're lucky enough to retire, we're going to experience transition. But most of us retire and make incremental changes. Others just upend their lives and try something completely new! Today's guest, Alex Belisle, fits the latter category. A high school English teacher in New York City for 36 years, Alex retired and started running, hiking, riding his bike. But it wasn't enough to keep him fully occupied. So when his wife suggested he take up a hobby, he looked...

Duration:01:06:48

#6--Becoming Mama Bear

3/27/2019
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Sometimes our transitions are intertwined closely with the transitions of another. Our guest this episode is Cindy Hill, whose first child Ben was born with Velo-Cardio-Facial syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects a person's heart and cognitive abilities. Cindy's eagerly anticipated prospect of joining the "sisterhood of moms" was abruptly altered. Now life became a series of significant--and often challenging-- transitions as Ben moved through his development milestones. This all took...

Duration:01:00:59

#5--Just Getting Your Feet on the Ground

3/6/2019
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It's the day you never, ever expect... or want... to face. Ruth Durand's husband Matt had recently confided that they would need to be making drastic changes in their living situation, due to the recession. That seemed to be bombshell enough. But more was in store. Later this year will be the 10th anniversary of Matt's untimely death. In this episode, Ruth leads us through the days before and after Matt's unexpected suicide at age 40. Sadly, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in...

Duration:00:57:14

#4--Tenure Isn't Everything

2/20/2019
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Most of us have experienced roadblocks along a career path. For a university professor, NOT getting tenure is a major roadblock. It means that the place where you've invested your time and reputation for years now expects you to leave. Just like that. There go your job security and income! So what happens next? Photographer, educator, and activist Steve Cagan learned this lesson the hard way. Hear how he used this unexpected setback to delve deeper into activism, and eventually to pursue a...

Duration:00:44:59

#3--Mother Never Told Me There'd Be Days Like These

2/6/2019
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Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most joyous times of your life! So when guest Sheila Fell and her husband Joe learned that Sheila was pregnant, they were ecstatic. In fact, Sheila immersed herself in learning everything she could about pregnancy and new motherhood. However, once their son Arthur was born, reality didn’t quite match all those glorious expectations. The Fells learned firsthand about that dreaded word “colic" when their baby boy began to cry virtually nonstop....

Duration:01:00:40

#2--Great Expectations: Whose Are They Anyway?

1/23/2019
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Michael Byun seems comfortable in his own skin. Now the Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in Seattle, and formerly the long-term director of Ohio’s Asian Services In Action (ASIA, Inc.), it also seems that Byun always knew exactly where his life was heading. But that was not always the case. Byun immigrated to the U.S. from Korea with his parents when he was less than a year old. His is a story common to many immigrants of the time: poverty, hard work, and...

Duration:01:03:14

#1--Sometimes Getting Fired is Just What You Need

1/9/2019
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Graphic designer Katie Melnick had never really failed. She was accepted into the art school she wanted, won scholarships she sought, and landed a great job at a boutique design studio in Cleveland right out of college. And then, the recession hit. Melnick's job disappeared unexpectedly... and virtually overnight! (She even toyed with starting a blog called "Will Design for Food.") Melnick's next job, with a small jewelry company, ended disastrously amid office politics and broken...

Duration:00:57:34