Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA

Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA:

Giving Hope, Gaining Hope and Helping Children Thrive

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) met with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA (CHSW) and the Children’s Home Society and Trust Foundation to discuss the work of the agency. CHSW, founded in 1896, is the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.

SHARON OSBORNE
SHARON OSBORNE

ELC: Where did you grow up and how did you get into social service work?

(Sharon) I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, in the city, not on a horse ranch. My grandfathers were a dairy farmer and a tobacco farmer. I grew up with horses and bourbon. My husband says ‘when I met Sharon I thought surely I’d get a few horses out of it, but I didn’t even get a mule!’

I was raised in a day when little girls didn’t think about what they wanted to do except as a wife, especially in the South. Even at an early age, I knew I would not end up in Kentucky. I had a wonderful, traditional childhood and I was happy, but I knew there was something else I was supposed to do in life. My life changed when I was about 14. There was tremendous rural poverty in Kentucky, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Appalachia. On a school project, we went to eastern Kentucky to help plant strawberries in the fields. I saw poverty in terms of shacks with no running water, but also saw an emotional, intellectual, psychological poverty I had never seen. I was so struck and touched by that. From that point forward, I knew this was my calling. Continue reading “Q&A with Sharon Osborne, CEO of Children’s Home Society of WA”

Q&A with Annie Stocker, Owner of Two Dog Yoga

Q&A with Annie Stocker, Owner of Two Dog Yoga:

Yoga, the Importance of Community, and
Why It’s Good to Have Three Dogs in Your Tent

ANNIE STOCKER, OWNER OF TWO DOG YOGA
ANNIE STOCKER,
OWNER OF TWO DOG YOGA

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently met with Annie Stocker, owner of Two Dog Yoga. We met at Little Dog, Annie’s first studio set on the beautiful grounds of her home. We were greeted by – of course! – two dogs: Bear, a big, friendly chocolate lab, and Hugo, a little Havanese sweetie pie.

ELC: Did you name “Two Dog” after Bear and Hugo? Continue reading “Q&A with Annie Stocker, Owner of Two Dog Yoga”

Q&A with Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose’s Taqueria

Q&A with Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose’s Taqueria:

The Art of Cooking and the Search for Inca Gold

Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose's
Alberto Morales, Owner.

Enjoy Lake City visited Jose’s Taqueria, for some great carne asada tacos, chorizo burritos and a chat with owner Alberto Morales. Joining us was our friend, the Mystery Diner.

Alberto Morales, owner of Jose's Taqueria
Jose’s Taqueria.

Enjoy Lake City (ELC): Why did you name your restaurant Jose’s?

Alberto: I named it for my son and my brother. They are both named José. My brother is gone now; God said to him, “It’s time for you to go.” My son was born 9 months to the day that I lost my brother and I named my son after him. My son is 22 now – he reminds me of my brother. They both mean a lot to me. Continue reading “Q&A with Alberto Morales, Owner of Jose’s Taqueria”