Open Roads – A Spirited Interview about Kids and Bikes with Ethan Alexander

January 12, 2013
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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Do you remember your first bike? Maybe it was a 10 speed you hauled out of your parent’s garage or a purple banana-seat cruiser with all the bells and whistles. Do you remember the feeling? The first time you could ride without wobbling side to side, the wind blowing through your hair. Do you remember who taught you to ride? A parent chasing after you trying to steady the back end; an older brother doing loops around you showing you just how easy it is. Ethan Alexander’s passion is to make sure EVERY kid has this experience. With a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and over 10 years of experience in child and family therapy, he knows what makes kids tick, and through his burgeoning non-profit, Open Roads , in Kalamazoo, MI, he and his merry band of bike aficionado’s teach young people valuable social and bike mechanic skills in order to better prepare them for their future. Join us for this spirited conversation about how bikes and open roads are key in a kid’s life.

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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.

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Marianna Cacciatore

Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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