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The $150 Dollar Pool Shot – OHS031 - One Hand Speaks

I grew up with a pool table in our home. I can say it was a family past time. Often my friends would come over and we would stay up all night watching Kung Fu movies, drinking soda pop, and shooting pool downstairs in our basement. As long as I can remember the sound of billiard balls caroming off one other was part of the soundtrack of my life. Not to mention the sound thunderbolt breaks and balls flying off the table pretending to be basketballs on our concrete floor. Despite being born...

Duration: 00:17:55

Traveling at age 81 – OHS030 - One Hand Speaks

It is interesting where we find our inspiration. Sometimes it is more interesting when inspiration finds me. This is just what happened to me one night sitting at the bar at my local pub drinking a beer. Now it did take a number of years before I was actually able to take the experience, advice, and resulting inspiration to heart. But I did and I still do. I was even able to share this story with my mother who also found great inspiration and motivation. Currently both my mother and myself...

Duration: 00:18:34

Coffee Shop Kindness – OHS029 - One Hand Speaks

I am a big fan of coffee. Which I can say is related to my love of coffee shops. As a result I do spend a lot of time drinking coffee and hangin' out in coffee shops. Many hilarious, captivating, and unique one-handed experiences have unfolded while I was just "chillin' like Bob Dylan" in a coffee shop. This story is about one of those moments. However, this is not some quirky Q&A conversation with a 5 year old about the ins and outs of a life with one hand. Nor was this an accidental...

Duration: 00:12:57

Greatest One-Handed Moments #1 – OHS028 - One Hand Speaks

Living this one-handed life has many fun, unique, and funny moments. In fact, the opportunity to lift people up, make people laugh, and to inspire people in the moment arises often. I guess the question to ask is will I utilize the moment or not? A long time ago I made the decision to look at my life as a blessing. To inspire people and bring humor and joy to as many moments as possible as a benefit for them, for, me, and for all the people around us. I decided to use my one handed life as...

Duration: 00:19:31

Talking TED Talk with an X – OHS027 - One Hand Speaks

This year I delivered my second TEDx talk as part of the TEDxTwinFalls event. In 2015 I was one of the speakers for the TEDxBoise event. Having the fortune of offering and delivering two TEDx Talks has been a true privilege. The experience of formulating, practicing, and sharing my ideas has helped me grow as a speaker. Plus, having been a Toastmaster for the past 7 years it is quite refreshing to speak in an arena so different than the Toastmasters stage. In 2017 I was one of the speech...

Duration: 00:29:46

The Road to the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking – OHS026 - One Hand Speaks

I have been a Toastmaster for the past seven years. This week's podcast will cover my experience, insights, and advice about competing in the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So much of this competition is about practicing and writing a great speech. If I had to say, I will say it is more about the writing of the speech. Delivery is key but I feel it is the better written speech that gives a competitor the advantage. I have heard a great...

Duration: 00:29:09

The Physics of Storytelling And The Equation of Appreciation – OHS025 - One Hand Speaks

I think most of us as children grew up with our parents reading to us. This was not a huge pastime in my family. My father mostly worked nights and this was something my mother did not often do for us. I was mostly raised on television, Regardless, I believe this to be very common place. And frankly, who does not love a good story? I remember reading to my good friend's child as a "stand-in" parent. I was amazed at how much this child loved listening to me read to her. Story time is a big...

Duration: 00:20:36

The Difference A Few Kind Words Can Make In A Person’s Life – OHS024 - One Hand Speaks

High School... What a time. For some it was great, for others not so great and for most of us it is something we all experience. This story is about my high school art teacher Mrs. Hendricks. She was a small and delicate elderly women. She taught pottery and ceramics in my first period art class my junior year at Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana. I took her class for two years and to this day I still have a fond affinity for ceramics. I did it for a number of years in and...

Duration: 00:15:05

“I Want to Cut Off My Hand To Live A Better Life?” Who asks this question? – OHS023 - One Hand Speaks

Here is a story about an interaction I just had today. Over the course of my life I have been approached by certain individuals with a certain question. Normally when someone asks me, "can I ask you a question?" I have a general idea of what it is. Most people are creating an opening to ask about why I have one hand. But that is not always the case. On very rare occasions the questions goes to a fascinating yet slightly bizarre place. This question has only been asked of me 5 times in my...

Duration: 00:14:47

Why Did a Homeless Tibetan Beggar in China Want to Give Me Money? – OHS022 - One Hand Speaks

I recently traveled for thirty five days in Tibet and China. I was part of the 2017 One Path Outreach Medical Mission. We did medical support and service for a remote village in Eastern Tibet. Afterwards I spent two and a half weeks traveling in China with 8 full days at the Shaolin Temple in Henan province. I flew into the City of Chengdu in the Sichuan province from the United States. After landing in Chengdu, driving for three days to get into Tibet, returning to Chengdu, traveling to...

Duration: 00:21:17

Giving Advice On Dating A One Handed Guy – OHS020 - One Hand Speaks

I have attended the Oregon Country Fair for 23 years. It has been an important event in my life. I have had many great experiences and have made many life long friends. It is also a festival where people are quite transparent, open, and sincere. Especially children. I must say some of the greatest interactions I have ever had as a one handed person has happened at the Oregon Country Fair. Because of this I have actually looked forward to it in a very one handed way with great joy and...

Duration: 00:13:27

This Old Man Changed My Life With One Small Interaction – OHS018 - One Hand Speaks

It is always difficult to say who will have a huge impact on your life. Sometimes we do not know the where or the when it might happen either. Other times we are no paying enough attention to notice the people in our lives on a day to day basis that make a huge difference. In some cases it is the very simple and small interactions that can change your life in a small way at first. Only to have a powerful redirecting force in our lives. For me it is a memory of a very old man on my paper...

Duration: 00:21:13

My Greatest Sports Baseball Moment – OHS017 - One Hand Speaks

Where I grew up Little League baseball was king. In fact, baseball was one of the most popular sports for boys at that time. Or at least it was for me. I think I started playing baseball when I was five or six years old. My childhood was forged by the friendships built and the competition played to win and to lose. Some of my most fondest memories came from playing baseball or by the people who were a part of that part of my life. So many of my childhood and life long friends played...

Duration: 00:07:15

The Power of An Elbow From A One Handed Perspective – OHS016 - One Hand Speaks

The elbow is specific to humans and other primates. The elbow joint is the is the synovial hinge joint between the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna in the forearm which allows the forearm and hand to be moved towards and away from the body. Who really thinks about how powerful the elbow really is? As a person born with one hand I find myself deeply contemplating the power of an elbow. This is because for me just to have an elbow on the arm that does not have a hand is so...

Duration: 00:08:00

I Might Not Have Two Hands But I Am Fully Armed – OHS015 - One Hand Speaks

This podcast was inspired by a common phrase I have experienced over the course of this one handed life. I heard two different people make reference to me in this manner in the two past weeks. It is something I have often thought about and at times have asked why people refer to me that way. I have heard it enough to recognize a pattern. People refer to me as the "one armed guy." What I find both interesting and somewhat funny is that I do have two arms even though I do not have two hands....

Duration: 00:09:38

Disabled Fashion! It’s A One Handed Thing Making Style Fit My Body! – OHS014 - One Hand Speaks

After living this one handed life for my entire life I wanted to bring a bit more style and swank to my reflection of fashion. I have always been into fashion. I love shoes and socks and dressing up as much as possible. However, since I do not have two hands I have always had an issue with long sleeves. T-shirts and short sleeved button downs are not an issue and I love wearing them. However, when it comes to hoodies, long sleeved dress shirts, suit jackets, french cuffs and cuff links,...

Duration: 00:16:43

Saving a Skier’s Life at Snowbird, Utah! A True Toastmasters Story – OHS013 - One Hand Speaks

Here is a story of how I saved a skier's life at Snowbird ski resort in Utah. That was the year I boarded 70 days and was in most excellent physical condition. The snow had ended here in Boise, Idaho and the Bogus Basin Ski Resort was closed. I wanted to get to 70 days and always wanted to ride the greatest snow on earth. So I got in my car, grabbed my snowboard gear and my Aikido clothes. I also wanted to train some Aikido at night. I was in really good fitness and the Aikido in Salt Lake...

Duration: 00:18:49

Disability Perks! The Benefits of a One Handed Life – OHS0012 - One Hand Speaks

I prefer the cooler side on being born with one hand. That is why I lean on humor and fun. It is rare I play the "disability card" so to speak. But there are times... I often ask to get on a plane, will look for any disability discounts, will use it as a hiring preference, and on more rare occasions I will ask if I can park in the "alter-abled" parking area when speaking at a festival. The Oregon Country Fair has always been supportive of this request. My legs are just fine and I will...

Duration: 00:07:06

No Good Deed Goes Undone – OHS011 - One Hand Speaks

Sometimes a moment unfolds and we take action like a superhero. It does not always have to be like saving the world like Superman or the Avengers. Sometimes it is as simple as helping a cat out of a tree, walking the elderly across the street, or helping a child in distress. Whether it is saving a cat or saving the universe I do believe no good deed goes undone. This is not so much about a financial reward, getting some "street cred," being praised or thanked by the people who benefited....

Duration: 00:07:56

Giving A Helping Hand To A Little Snowboarding Girl – OHS010 - One Hand Speaks

This is one of my most precious and personally most endearing stories to tell. It has to do with children, one of my favorite hobbies of snowboarding, being at the right place at the right time, and making a small difference in the life of that one child on that one day in that one moment is that one special way. Often we have opportunities unfold before us where we can make a difference. So much has to do with choice and perspective. Do we make the choice? I guess it has to do with our...

Duration: 00:05:58

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