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She Opened My Eyes To See The World With Guest Travel Writer and Photographer Jeremiah Gilbert

  1. She Opened My Eyes To See The World With Guest Travel Writer and Photographer Jeremiah Gilbert 28:17

Jeremiah joined me to share stories of his mother, who in his mind was “a straight shooter,” she told you exactly how and what she felt. She was a huge inspiration in his life and had hoped to take her on a special trip to Israel for her sixtieth birthday. He did eventually get to bring her with him but not exactly as they had imagined.

At the same time that his mother was ill, his father had a stroke. Just a tough time for the family, but Adrienne insisted that Jeremiah carry on and continue on his journeys however different they may be.

Adrienne was the main money maker in the family. She was the first female technician at Sears, initially repairing smaller appliances and eventually washers and dryers in customers homes. When she’d had enough of that, she moved onto repairs for  Sears -in store cashiers, computer systems and video surveillance. Yes, she had to put up with sexism and discrimination in the workforce, but staying true to herself, she put her head down and just kept on working-never looking for any accolades or special treatment.  Even if she did win an award, Jeremiah says, “she’d put any certificates or awards from work in a drawer.  She didn’t need to be celebrated.”

Jeremiah was there at the Oncologist appointment when Adrienne got the diagnosis and he was there when she died 6 years later. She knew he had his trip planned to go to Egypt and she insisted he go. It made him very sad to know she wasn’t going to be there when he returned.

It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Jeremiah and I thank him for sharing his very personal stories of his mom Adrienne.

There’s so much more to hear in our conversation and I’ve listed more information below about Jeremiah.

Jeremiah is a poet in addition to his other talents. The question below is an excerpt from an interview which originally appeared in Inspired Eye, Issue 71, July 2019. It gives you another perspective of my guest.

“What purpose does photography serve for you?

The essayist Joan Didion once wrote that “We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget what we whispered and what we dreamed. We forget who we were.” For me photography is both a way to remember and a way to share my experiences. Here is where I went and here is what I saw, and hopefully I saw something in a way others had not.”

Below is an excerpt from Jeremiah’s website about his most recent award winner book released in 2023, “On to Plan C: A Return to Travel”-

On to Plan C:
A Return to Travel

Literary Titan Gold Book Award winner! After more than two years of trip cancellations and travel credits, the world finally started to open again in 2022. Part travelogue and part photo essay, On to Plan C finds its author vaccinated, masked, and eager to get back on the road, assessing the realities of a post-COVID world. Includes nearly two hundred color and black & white photos. “These are some of the most storytelling, poignant, and gorgeous photographs I’ve ever seen” – Indies Today. Download a free PDF sample of the first chapter here.


🏆 Award-winning Photographer & Travel Writer

🌍 99 Countries / 6 Continents

✈️ Recent Travels: New Zealand 🇳🇿 and Australia 

Jeremiah’s book collection:”Can’t Get Here from There: Fifty Tales of Travel,” “From Tibet to Egypt: Early Travels After a Late Start,” and “On to Plan C: A Return to Travel.”




“Should Have Listened To My Mother” is an ongoing conversation about mothers and the roles they play in our lives. And my guests answer the question, ‘are you who you are today because of, or in spite of, your mother’? You’ll be amazed at what the responses are.

“Should Have Listened To My Mother” would not be possible without the generosity, sincerity and insight from my guests. In getting ready to launch my podcast, so many were willing to give their time and share their personal relationships with their mother.

Some of my guests include Baritone Singer Christopheren Nomura, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Tim Wacker, Activist Kim Miller, Freighter Sea Captain Terry Viscount, Film Production Manager Peg Robinson, Professor of Writing Montclair State University Dr. Bridget Brown, Tammy Steckler, attorney and family advocate @CUNY Law; NYC First Responder/NYC Firefighter Mark Heingartner, Child and Adult Special Needs Activist, Maryellen Valyo Cole and Roger Evens, Property Manager in New Jersey and so many more talented and insightful women and men.

I’ve worked in the broadcasting industry for over four decades. I’ve interviewed so many fascinating people including musicians, celebrities, authors, activists, entrepreneurs, politicians and more.

A big thank you goes to Ricky Soto, NYC based Graphic Designer, who created my logo for “Should Have Listened To My Mother”.

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Should have listened to my mother

Jackie Tantillo


Should have listened to my mother



Jackie Tantillo


Should have listened to my mother

Jackie Tantillo loves being on both sides of the microphone –as Voice Over Artist and Producer/Engineer and in front of the camera as an On Camera Talent. She has been featured in National and International On Camera and Voice Over Commercials and Industrials. Over the years, she has mentored students with an interest in production and broadcasting and has volunteered with elementary school aged children in theatre production. Jackie is able to draw from her many years as a spokesperson and radio talent to bring warmth and insight to her many endeavors, including representative for organizations such as D.A.R.E., March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy and Easter Seals. A mom and the youngest of seven siblings, Italian American born in Rota Spain, Jackie or ‘Juani’ as her family and friends call her, comes from a very close knit family. Her knowledge of conversational French, Italian and Spanish has broadened the scope of her work. She lives in New Jersey and loves spending time with her family in the outdoors and traveling.

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