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By Dayna Del Val
I'm at the intersection of remarkable and so, so ordinary, but aren't we all? I'm interested in pursuing passion, mine and yours. But I'm also fascinated by how people pivot from failure and find happiness on the other side of it. Join me as we explore this extraordinary thing called life.
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6c. Progress


6c. Progress


e2: Joel Liestman and Ryan Newton Harris
Please meet two of my longest friends, Joel and Ryan. They were interesting nearly 30 years ago, and that hasn't changed. To call them quirky and idiosyncratic is not hyperbole; they really are both of those things. And, of course, I recognize those traits in myself, so I am naturally drawn to our like mindedness. Plus, they just plain make me laugh out loud, and I adore that quality in anyone. Hope you'll take a listen. Produced by Danica McDonald. The Fox and the Phoenix by Quinn Del Val.
May 7, 2020
e2: Sandra McCutcheon
Please meet my new friend Dr Sandra McCutcheon, or Sands, as Dr Marry calls her. Sandra is someone I have known of nearly as long as I have known Dr Marry because they did their PhDs together at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England. He has always spoken highly of her, so when she reached out while we were doing our addiction/sobriety series, I was keen to get to know her for myself. Take a listen. Besides her dreamy accent, her work around mindfulness will restore you and get you ready to better face the day.
May 2, 2020
e2: Heather Zinger
Meet my friend Heather Zinger. Artist, entrepreneur, healer and joy maker. Heather is the most intrinsically artistic person I know because she pursues her path from a total commitment to artistic integrity. A lot of it I don't particularly "get," but I love that she's so authentic and real. And I think you'll enjoy that, too.
April 18, 2020
e2: Tom Schwans
World, please meet my longtime friend Tom Schwans.  Tom and I went to college together. One of the great gifts you discover as you get older is that the people  who knew you when you were young, naive (maybe just I was naive?) and practicing wing spreading have a sacred position in your life. They experienced your first forays into adulthood with you. They had front row seats to watching, and often participating in, the optimism, the despair, the fear, the youthful exuberance, the failures, the successes and everything else. And in looking back, you can see they played a much  larger role in helping to mold and shape you than you can ever understand in the moment. Tom fits squarely into that position. I hope you'll take a listen to our conversation. It's far reaching, flits here and there and is a little bit rambling--not unlike my self proclaimed honey bee approach to life. But I've discovered that if you allow your mind (and your conversations) to wander off to where it wants to go, you find the best, most unexpected things. Visit my blog to learn more about Tom and many of the other things we talked about in our conversation. "The Fox and the Phoenix" by Quinn Del Val. Produced by Danica McDonald. Recorded April 7, 2020.
April 11, 2020
Pursuing passion and finding grace in the midst of a global pandemic
Join me as I talk a little bit about my own journey of pivoting from a, for me at the time, life changing failure to finding extreme happiness on the other side of it and avenues of passion I never would have pursued without hitting that first big fork in the road. And then we'll talk about some tips I think you can employ in this incredibly uncertain time to recognize your stresses and offer yourself a little grace.   Visit to learn more. 
April 4, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020
9c. Counting our blessings, an epilogue
In this, our final podcast and post of this journey, we wrap up this nine-week multi-media experience about Dr Marry's fall into alcoholism and our shared path back to sobriety. But mostly, this podcast is about gratitude.
April 2, 2020
8c. Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning
Dr Marry and I take a meandering stroll through all kinds of things--some alcohol-related and some not. Side note, Dr Marry chose the underscore this week because it felt the most "Jane Austen like" of our options. LOVE it! 
March 26, 2020
7c. Three years, and I'm still counting my blessings
Talking with Dr Marry about how our micro experience actually lends itself to the macro parallel of Covid-19 and other details from this, my final post, before we wrap up with Dr Marry's last blog and our epilogue.
March 19, 2020
6c. Progress
Dr Marry talks about his journey from the bottom up and more. And I discover a truly remarkable thing that makes me feel so much better about a moment I have been quite ashamed of.
March 12, 2020
5c. Up and down
A quick conversation regarding my latest blog post.
March 5, 2020
4c. So, what happened?
Join us in hearing about week 4 from Dr Marry's perspective. Special thanks to a number of people, two big conversations and some clarification on Dr Marry's blog post from earlier this week.
February 27, 2020
3c. Hitting the first bottom
Dayna's second installment reflections with Dr Marry. 
February 20, 2020
2c. Our beginning, from my side
Dr Marry and I podcast from Bath, England.
February 13, 2020
1c. The beginning of now
Dr Marry and I have been so overwhelmed by all the comments we have received this week--thank you for taking the time to not only read and watch but to write and lift us up or tell us a personal connection you have to this disease. We have felt your support, and we are both so grateful. In this podcast, we talk about some points that were raised from some of you, and we attempt to try to dig a little deeper into what our reaction to something like this would have been when we were in the thick of it. Hope you'll tune in, and, as always, thanks for taking this journey with us! Dayna and Dr Marry
February 6, 2020
Please meet the extraordinary Nicole "Lester" Fenstad
My longtime friend, godmother to my son and extraordinary princess party planner, Lester Fenstad joins me to talk about our 30-year friendship, that "distinct smell," and what it's like to be where we are today, lamination and all.
November 19, 2019
Introducing Dr Marry
To get started on my podcast, it seemed only fitting that I would introduce the world to Dr Marry. He's prominently featured in my blog, and now you get to hear him, too. Isn't it dreamy?  The best part of it all is that his accent is like icing on a perfectly made cake. I'm lucky in love, and I *mostly* know it. 
November 11, 2019