Sunshine into the Lives of Others: The Inspiring Life Story of Beth L. Tielke

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." – James Matthew Barrie

Words of Wisdom with Grandma Beth Tielke – 12.29.14

Since we live six hours apart, each time (over the past few years) that I am able to see Grandma for a weekend, I always ask if I can record “Words of Wisdom with Grandma Beth Tielke” and she always politely agrees. Thanks for being such a good sport, Grandma! These and all of your other pearls of wisdom will be cherished by your friends and family forever!

To Grandma’s dear friends and family:

If you have missed our recorded life story series, below are links to listen to or download the four chapters of Grandma’s life story for playback. You can even download the SoundCloud app on your phone and stream the recordings live to listen to in the car while commuting, and the Sunshine into the Lives of Others playlist will play them one after the other for you!

But that’s not all! Stay tuned for a special “heritage” recording.

As you peruse the Sunshine into the Lives of Others blog, please comment in the space below on your favorite takeaways from Beth Tielke or your favorite place to glean the nuggets–phone interview recordings, face-to-face interview videos, or Words of Wisdom with Grandma Beth Tielke. This will help me know what to zone in on for others to enjoy!

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Have Good Thoughts…and You Will Always Look Lovely

While Grandma has always said, “It is better to be nice than pretty”, today I hope everyone looks lovely because according to Roald Dahl, that’s the result of having good thoughts. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way, Grandma!

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As a birthday gift to Beth Tielke: Be a ray of sunshine for someone today!

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Gather Golden Moments: Beth Tielke Shares Memories of her 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

This is the fourth in a series of life story interviews with Grandma Beth Tielke who always brings “sunshine into the lives of others”. In terms of this memoir-style blog’s theme, as Beth’s story unfolds in our interviews, I continue to build around the theme of the changing seasons.

Over the past few months, we have broken down Beth’s life into the four “seasons”: in the spring interview, we looked at the first 20 years. In the summer interview, she reminisced over experiences in her 20’s and 30’s, and in the autumn interview,  she examined ages 41-60. In this interview, we zone in on memories and life lessons from her 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Tying together the winter theme along with the golden years and the sentimental journey of the interviews, I opened with this quote by John Boswell:

“Winter: A lingering season is a time to gather golden moments, embark on a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”

I was so excited to discuss this chapter of Grandma’s life with her (and now to share it with you), because–two days from her 84th birthday–this is the chapter in which Beth reflects on all of the decades of her life and provides us with even more messages of perseverance, hope and optimism!

Press play below to hear our sunshine Beth’s perspective on how to live a happy and successful life, the highest honor she ever received, the people she admires most and more! Aside from her favorite books and movies, you also get to hear such fun things as what she would do if she won $1 million tomorrow or if she could be granted three wishes!

For convenience, feel free to download it for future playback on your computer or download it on your mobile phone to listen to it on iTunes or another music player. 🙂 And don’t forget that you can share the track with anyone you think may value the messages!

I conclude with this inspirational poem called “Good Things Going Around”:

Good Things Going Around

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Be Someone’s Sunshine Today!

Be Someone's Sunshine Today

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It Gets Crisp in the Fall

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” I’m looking forward to the third interview with Grandma Beth Tielke–the “autumn” interview–in which we get to learn all about her self-taught business savvy! I thought that quote about fall was fitting because it seems as if during the “autumn” period of Grandma Beth’s life—ages 41-60—that life, in a sense, did start all over again because after decades of being a dairy farmer milking cows each day, she reinvented herself as a self-employed business woman, built a primary business that gave her the opportunity to employ family members and got more and more exposure with chances to live out her passion of making a difference in other peoples’ lives!

As most of this audience knows, the Tielke’s opened a deli which they parlayed into a sandwich business named “Tielke’s Sandwiches”. Some of the most popular sandwiches can be seen below. For more details on this and her other business ventures, you’ll just have to stay tuned for the next interview! 🙂

Tielke's Sandwiches Logo

Tielke’s Sandwiches Logo

Tielke's Sandwiches

Tielke’s Sandwiches

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Spring Has Sprung! Or at Least the First Interview [For This Site] Has Bloomed!

Interview with Beth Tielke – “Spring”

In this conversation, we focus on the first twenty years of Beth’s life. In terms of this website’s theme, as we let Beth’s life story unfold in our interviews, I’m labeling the first 20 years as “Spring.”

I began with a quote I found by a person named Doug Larson:

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

Beth shared a fond childhood memory that quote stirred up for her and I shared that I liked that quote because it reminds me of her cheerful disposition whenever she sees that “life hands someone lemons”—she always sees a way to make lemonade. People also call this finding the silver lining. Press play below to find out how it is that she has a way of seeing the good—even in not-so-good situations!

I concluded the interview with a quote from Bern Williams:

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring.”

While I know Beth was born right before spring [and in fact, her birthday is the day before mine!], I think it’s also true that the day the Lord created hope was the same day he created her.


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