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By Rebecca Budd
Blogger.Visual Storyteller.Traveler: Exploring the creative spirit within a dynamic, ever-changing global world. The pursuit of artistic excellence is an essential element of our humanity; it speaks to the soul of our culture and society, allowing us to celebrate our individuality and our togetherness. My goal: to encourage a deep and profound awareness of our personal journeys. Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast All Rights Reserved © 2019 -2022 by Rebecca Budd
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Colleen Chesebro on the Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry
S4 28: Colleen Chesebro on the Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry silver Luna’s soft glow highlights night sky echoes stars, hoarfrost lace glints upon fallen leaves of gold tree shadow skeletons shiver in the wind autumn rushes in the cold before dawn. Colleen M. Chesebro Word Weaving # 1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse Welcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that writer and poet, Colleen Chesebro, and I are connecting Michigan and British Columbia to discuss the art of current and traditional forms of syllabic poetry. Colleen believes that the art of crafting poetry strengthens our writing skills.  In her book, Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry, she writes: “When we create poetry, we gain command of language; cultivate a healthy vocabulary, master literary devices such as metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, and allegory.  We learn to work in imagery.” Is writing poetry open to all of us?  How do we begin a poet’s journey? Where can we find support and encouragement from other poets?  These are the questions that will be discussed today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Colleen for sharing your insights on how poetry allows us to describe the world around us in unexpected ways.   I am inspired by your final words in your book “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry: Be bold. Be creative. Write some syllabic poetry. Listeners you can meet up with Colleen on Word Craft Poetry,  Amazon and Goodreads. You are only an internet click away from the first step on your journey of learning the art of syllabic poetry. Until next time, keep safe and be well. Music by #EpidemicSound Sight of Wonders "Hiro" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/EByWyMm3WH/ Sight of Wonders "Japanese Garden" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/4EexXHllhO/  
20:43
July 04, 2022
The Trio on Living the Age We Are, Right Now
S4 E27: The Trio on Living the Age We Are, Right Now Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you. Today, I am joined by my mother, Frances and my sister, Sarah for a discussion on the question: What does it feel like to be the age that you are, right now? I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation.  Frances, Sarah and I look forward to your thoughts on Tea Toast &Trivia! Until next time we meet, safe travels wherever your adventures take you. Music by Howard Harper-Barnes "Memories of Marigold" #Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/YldSXDgo21/
15:50
June 27, 2022
Travelling to New Zealand with Mandy Henderson
S4 26: Travelling to New Zealand with Mandy Henderson RETURN I am home again. My house seems too large, too empty. In the silent hollow, I fill vases with flowers. Flowers for the kitchen window sill, Cornflowers, lavender, nasturtiums. Flowers for the bedroom, Geranium, roses, And some for the table. The old posy ring brims full, And in the stillness of the blooms, There travels birdsong without, And words within. Mandy Henderson (Written in Dec 2014, after a family visit in Timaru) Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you. Living in the reality of Covid-19, travel has been curtailed, internationally as well as domestically.   While travel is coming back, I have found, over the past months, that travel is possible through the alchemy of technology. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia – “The Virtual Journey” which will explore new horizons through the eyes of a friend.  As Marcel Proust reminds me, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Today, I am traveling to New Zealand to meet up with my blogger friend, Mandy Henderson. New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses: the North Island and the South Island and over 700 smaller islands. I invite you to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I have never been to New Zealand and am excited to be sharing this adventure with you. Thank you, Mandy, for an amazing travel adventure. I felt I was New Zealand with you. Dear listeners, thank you for joining Mandy and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Homecoming is a place of belonging and well-being, where we are at one with ourselves and with the world around us. As Mandy wrote after a visit with family, “And in the stillness of the blooms, There travels birdsong without, And words within.” Until next time we meet, keep safe wherever your adventures take you. Music by Claude Signet "Time to Blossom" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/yziSBUL167/
29:09
June 20, 2022
Tea and Oranges
Season 4 Episode 25: Tea & Oranges Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. This is a podcast in the series called, “It’s all about tea.” I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. So put the kettle on and join me for Tea, Toast. and a little Trivia, where we will discuss the mysteries and adventures of tea: their origins, stories, aromas, and delicious tastes. I’m making a special cup of tea today, one that is a reminder of friendships, past and present, and the conversations in between. This story dates to the early 1970’s when I moved from Winnipeg to Edmonton.  It was a time of beginnings, and I was eager for new adventures. For me, the 1970’s meant change and forging new possibilities and opportunities.  I was ready to meet new friends, live on my own and embark on an academic journey at University of Alberta. Canada is a huge country.  There are 1,304.8 kilometres between Winnipeg and Edmonton, which according to my Google sources takes about 13 hours and 21 minutes to drive.  It was no small move. Tonight, as I wait for my tea to steep, I take a backward glance over forty years and congratulate myself on choosing a city that changed the trajectory of my life. Edmonton was where I was introduced to a famous blend of tea flavoured with a secret recipe (of course it would be secret) of orange rind and sweet spice.  Oh, the aroma was marvelous.  It was also a nod to my favourite young Canadian poet, Leonard Cohen. "Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever And you know that she's half-crazy but that's why you want to be there And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China” Ah, Leonard Cohen.  Did Suzanne really serve him tea and oranges that came all the way from China?  Yes, she did! According to many sources, including NPR, when asked this question Leonard would reply:  “She fed me a tea called Constant Comment, which has small pieces of orange rind in it, which gave birth to the image.” Constant Comment became my constant companion those years.   Even now, I keep a stash of Constant Comment teabags, wrapped in colourful foil, that when opened, releases a feel-good cinnamon and orange fragrance. Ahhhhh!!! And I say this, without any prompting from The Bigelow Tea Company. Speaking of “feel good” sensations, the legend behind Constant Comment adds to the enjoyment of taking tea.  You may think that a tea connoisseur fashioned the blend.  After all, Constant Comments remains one of Bigelow’s most popular product.  It was an interior designer, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who was the mastermind. For more on this story, I invite you to link to Alan Bisbort’s article “Bigelow Tea – A Connecticut Tea Party” in the Connecticut Explored magazine. But what to name the tea?  Here is where serendipity stepped in. Life has a way of evolving in ways that surprise and delight. We are born for exploration. Our curiosity and imagination have the power open doors of possibilities. So, until next time, dear listeners, safe travels wherever your adventures take you. And don’t forget to bring along tea.
11:36
June 13, 2022
Lyn Morton on Photography, Stories and Community
Season 4 Episode 24: Lyn Morton on Photography, Stories, and Community Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Hawthorne, New Jersey, where I am meeting up with photographer, mentor, and personal branding coach, Lynford Morton. Lyn and I have known each other ever since I joined his on-line photo group that he mentored several years ago.  During this course, group members posted a photo a day with a short explanation. I confess being intimidated by the calibre of photographers, but soon felt a kinship and camaraderie within this group.  Lyn’s enthusiasm and inclusive approach opened the world of photography for me. Branding & marketing is in Lyn’s blood. He sold his first logo at 12 years old when his school held a contest to see if anyone could create a logo. Lyn won first place and pocketed a tidy $25 prize. The school is still using Lyn’s logo to this day. How has photography changed the way we view the world?  What is the future of photography in our digital age? How can we engage within a dynamic virtual world? These are the questions that will be discussed today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Lyn, for sharing your knowledge, experience, and insights.  You have been a source of encouragement to me over the years.  You remind me that photography is personal because it tells our story and documents, along with all the other photos that circulate in our virtual world, the greater narrative of our generation. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Lyn on his website, Shutterbug Life. Until next time we meet dear friends, keep safe and be well. Special note on statistics stated in the podcast: How many selfies are taken a day? According to Photutorial’s data, 92 million selfies will be taken daily across all devices in 2022. This number coincides with the fact that 2.3 billion photos are taken every day, 4% of which are selfies. Music by Max Anson "Heart on Hold" #EpidemicSound  https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/okcVNLImxX/
20:44
June 06, 2022
Looking Back With Frances
Season 4 Episode 23: Looking Back with Frances “Milk cows were an asset to any farm.  They were “milked” morning and evening.  Some were easier to milk than others. The milk was a valuable food source, useful for a healthy drink, for cooking, and of course, for homemade butter.  At first, we had a daisy butter churn that resembled an eggbeater.  Later we had a large crock and a doweling with little boards attached to the bottom that Dad had fashioned to “stomp” up and down until the cream turned to butter. But, equally important, cream could be sold.  This cash could be obtained to trade for food at the grocery store.  Mother used to ask: “Where are we going to ‘trade’ today”.  That would determine, of course, where the cream was sold.”  Frances, My Mother’s Memoirs Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you. When I entered the world of podcasting in 2019, my first goal was to preserve my mother’s story.   Frances was raised on a farm in Nebraska during the eventful decades of the 1930’s and 1940’s.   We read about the Great Depression that spanned the years from 1929 – 1939 and acknowledge that it was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world.  And yet, it is when we hear the stories of those who lived in those years that we come to fully appreciate how history continues to influence our present reality. Today, I am joined by my mother Frances to discuss milking the cows. I invite you to put the kettle on and join in the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your thoughts on TeaToast &Trivia! Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia as we looked back at farming in the past. Until next time we meet, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.  Music by Emily Rubye “In Another Life” #EpidemicSound
10:02
May 31, 2022
Elizabeth Gauffreau & Sonia Elwood on Grief Songs - A Family Remembers
S4 E22: Elizabeth Gauffreau & Sonia Elwood on Grief Songs - A Family Remembers Wilderness Tanka snowy wilderness cold winter sun, soaring trees a small lone figure for a time she stood fearless my protector, my mother Elizabeth Gauffreau from her book of poetry, Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance Welcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that my dear friend, writer and poet, Elizabeth Gauffreau and I have come together to discuss her book of poetry, Grief Songs: Poems of Love and Remembrance.  I am equally thrilled that her daughter, Sonia Elwood, has joined the conversation to share insights gained from her creative journey. Sonia is an avid reader who enjoys various types of writing as long as it is compelling and either provides an escape or invokes an emotional response. In her 18 years of experience as a training specialist, Sonia presents new materials and information in a way that tells a story to help learners understand new concepts. We are bringing together New Hampshire, California, and British Columbia to consider how storyteller through poetic words, offers a way to express grief and celebrate memories of loved ones who have gone on before us. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this conversation on Tea Toast and Trivia. Thank you for joining Liz, Sonia, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Grief is a deeply personal experience, yet it is an experience all of us have in common.  Perhaps Winnie the Pooh says it best: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Thank you, Liz, and Sonia, for sharing your profound thoughts on how grieving is a way to honour those who have gone before. And for the reminder that celebrating the love we have received will sustain us and give courage to live with joy and expectation as we move forward in our timeline. Listeners you can meet up with Liz on her website lizgauffreau.com, on Amazon and Goodreads. You are only an internet click away from a place where stories dwell. Music by Peter Sandberg "A Quiet Place" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/UNOgWuwa0a/
27:50
May 23, 2022
Kim Mooney on Stories of Courage and Resilience
S4 E21: Kim Mooney on Stories of Courage and Resilience Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that my long-time friend, Kim Mooney has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to talk about her soon-to-be published second book, which is about profound stories of resilience and courage. Kim has a degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in leadership. Her career has been an eclectic one, moving between teaching and hospital administration and back to teaching.  She retired in 2018 after fifteen years of teaching at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  In addition to her academic responsibilities at Royal Roads, Kim ran a consulting practice for fifteen years. How can we learn from stories? How do we give honour to another person’s story? How do we connect with past stories and how do we create stories for those who come after us?  These are the questions that we will be discussing today. Thank you for joining Kim and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Kim’s first book, “Hidden Daughter, Secret Sister” is available on Amazon. I am looking forward reading Kim’s second book which will be coming soon. A special thank you, Kim, for sharing your profound and valuable insight into the need to tell our story and to hear and learn from the stories of others.  As always, your candour and compassion come together to encourage a deeper appreciation and recognition of what it means to live with joy and enthusiasm. I invite you to meet up with Kim on her website Kim Mooney and on Goodreads.  I know that you will be inspired by Kim’s journey. Until next time we meet, dear friends, stay safe, be well. Music by Howard Harper-Barnes "Always Remembering" #EpidemicSound www.epidemicsound.com/track/5jqnwMlYmO/
20:40
May 16, 2022
Dave Astor on Misty’s Adventures
Season 4 Episode 20: Dave Astor on Misty’s Adventures Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Neil Gaiman wrote, “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” Cats are mysterious creatures that charm us with their antics and comfort us with their soft purring.  I read that petting a cat helps us to meditate and causes a release of oxytocin, which has been found to increase our emotional perception. But do we truly understand them?  They retain remarkable control over their lives, coming and going as their please.   There are many books that will help you connect with cats, some promising techniques to train and learn cat language. But I have another source of expertise. Today, I am republishing Misty’s Adventures on Tea Toast & Trivia. Dave Astor and Misty are a dynamic duo. Together, they provide insight on the strong and vibrant relationship humans have with these amazing creatures. Dave Astor and I are once again bridging the 3,923 kilometers between New Jersey and Vancouver to bring you the first podcast in the Misty series.  Every morning, without fail, my mother, Frances, and I meet up via Facebook with Misty and Dave on their adventures. This morning, when we went into the woods, Misty advised that he thought that theatrical productions may be coming back. Misty is a futurist, making brilliant predictions about the future based on current trends. Thank you for joining Dave, Misty, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Dave and Misty, for sharing your stories. My daily walks with Misty and Dave continue to inspire me. Misty’s wisdom and Dave’s humour is a compelling combination.  You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading and excellent conversations waiting for your arrival on his blog. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Craig Reever "Shine a Little" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/VdKuZX2P9r/
16:53
May 09, 2022
On Location Victoria British Columbia - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park-Audio Version
S4 E19: On Location Victoria British Columbia - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park (audio version) Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast hosted by Rebecca Budd On Location, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Part Victoria, British Columbia. Passages from Emily Carr’s Autobiography “Growing Pains” Public Domain (Canada)Voice and photography by Rebecca Budd Music by #EpidemicSound 1) Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen “End of an Era” www.epidemicsound.com/track/dgEeXjlQge/ 2) Howard Harper-Barnes “A Leaf Falls” www.epidemicsound.com/track/vCliROg8VZ/ 3) Johannes Bornlof “I Will Love You To The End” www.epidemicsound.com/track/VAhZ2EgIiq/ 4) Howard Harper-Barnes “No One Else on Earth” www.epidemicsound.com/track/722bbcNU24/
09:32
May 03, 2022
On Location Victoria British Columbia - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park
S4 E19: On Location Victoria British Columbia  - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast hosted by Rebecca Budd On Location, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Part Victoria, British Columbia. Passages from Emily Carr’s Autobiography “Growing Pains” Public Domain (Canada)Voice and photography by Rebecca Budd Music by #EpidemicSound 1) Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen  “End of an Era” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/dgEeXjlQge/ 2) Howard Harper-Barnes “A Leaf Falls” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/vCliROg8VZ/ 3) Johannes Bornlof “I Will Love You To The End” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/VAhZ2EgIiq/ 4) Howard Harper-Barnes “No One Else on Earth” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/722bbcNU24/
09:32
May 03, 2022
Sarah McBurnie on the Stories of Shetland
S4 E18: Sarah McBurnie on the Stories of Shetland “You must never call it the Shetlands. Islanders are proud and can be prickly about the name: it’s either Shetland or the Shetland Islands.” Anne Cleeves Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Unst to meet up with my dear friend, Sarah McBurnie who was our guide on our 2018 Shetland adventures. Sarah conducts exclusive guided tours with personalized itineraries for visitors to Shetland from all over the world.  We came as visitors to experience this amazing place and left as friends, thanks to Sarah and the many people we met along the journey through the Shetland Islands. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Sarah and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Sarah, for sharing the stories, the history, and myths of Shetland.   You were an excellent guide on our visit and I’m looking forward to meeting up with you again on Tea Toast and Trivia. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Sarah on her website, See Shetland. You are only an internet click away from a remarkable adventure that will take you from birdwatching, archaeology to the celebration of Up Helly-Aa. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Kikoru “Cloud Over Mountain” #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/EbaDeotpAO/
23:45
April 25, 2022
Pete Springer on Embracing Life-Long Learning
Season 4 Episode 17: Pete Springer on Embracing Life-Long Learning ”When I think about why I decided to become a teacher in the first place, I believe it primarily was because of the role models who were/are in my life.” Pete Springer, from his book, “They Call Me Mom" Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Eureka, California where I am meeting up with writer, teacher, and mentor, Pete Springer. Pete is a former elementary school teacher (grades 2-6) in Eureka, CA.  He said that he retired in 2016, but from what I have read, he is far from retired.  His passion will always lie with supporting education, kids, and teachers, which is demonstrated by his dedication to lifelong learning. What is lifelong learning?  When does this journey begin and how is it nourished throughout our stages of life?  How do we inspire others to embrace the joy of learning?  These are the questions that will be discussed today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Pete and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Pete, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your passion for supporting education, kids, and teachers. Your dedication to promoting the teaching profession and lifelong learning inspires us all to explore learning at whatever age we find ourselves in. I want to add this thought that is found in “They Call Me Mom” – If there were one thing that I wish my readers would glean from my thoughts on education, it would be to understand what a profound influence that a teacher can have on his/her students. You are inspiring and empowering the next generation.” Listeners, I invite you to connect with Pete on his website, Pete Springer and  Amazon Author Page. It is a place that celebrates the joy of learning. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by More Than Family "At the Farm"  #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/f1F3Bq5ekA/
23:59
April 18, 2022
Lily Style on Horatia’s Secret and Bringing the Past Alive in Stories
S4 E16: Lily Style on Horatia’s Secret and Bringing the Past Alive in Stories “Horatia Nelson Ward has a terrible secret. She is the illegitimate daughter of British hero Admiral Lord Nelson, while her mother is the despised Lady Hamilton. And if she claims her heritage to redeem herself, she’ll ruin her children. Her silence is tearing her apart. Concerned loved ones coax her to disclose. But a sixty-year-old promise of silence seems impossible to break.” Lily Style “Horatia’s Secret” Welcome to Tea. Toast. and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am excited that Lily Style, writer, historian, and genealogist, and I are connecting the village of South Brent in Devon, Britain and Vancouver, Canada to discuss the remarkable life and legacy of Emma Hamilton, the great love of Admiral Lord Nelson. Lily is the direct descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton.  She explores the past to piece together the real human stories lying behind dry facts. She writes regularly for Nelson-related publications. Horatia’s Secret is her first historical novel. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Lily and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Lily for sharing your insights, your dedication to discovering the stories that have been hidden in the folds of history.  It has been a privilege to connect with you and I look forward to reading Horatia’s Secret. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Lily on her website, Lily Style,  on Amazon,  Goodreads, Facebook, and Emma Hamilton Society. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
26:07
April 11, 2022
Paul Andruss on Writing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
S4 E15: Paul Andruss on Writing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Welcome to Tea Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am heading across the ocean to Wales, that beautiful country full of magic, mystery, music, and great writers. I am excited to reconnect with one of those writers – Paul Andruss. Paul is the author of the Young Adult magical realism trilogy, the Jack Hughes Books, and the forthcoming (very adult) Finn Mac Cool – a mythological saga. He has also written several short stories and novellas. Over the past several months, Paul and I have been exploring the evolution of writing. What will the future bring in a world where different artistic disciplines are blurring: books to movies and the advent of gaming. How will different creative disciplines merge and cross over?  Or are they bounded by the current product format? These are the questions that will be discussed today. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for sharing this moment with Paul and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. I invite your to meet up with Paul on Goodreads and on his website, Jack Hughes Books.  You are only an internet click away from a daring and exciting adventure. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by David Celeste "Catharsis" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/7Y8Il1GyZs/
19:29
April 04, 2022
Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund
S4 E14: Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Living in the reality of Covid-19, travel has been curtailed, internationally as well as domestically.   While travel is coming back slowly, there are places that I will never visit in my lifetime.   Over the past months, I have found that travel is possible through the alchemy of technology. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia – “The Virtual Journey” which will explore new horizons through the eyes of a friend.  As Marcel Proust reminds me, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I am thrilled that H.S. Eglund has invited us to travel with him to The Erzgebirge, The Ore Mountain. I understand that there may be some time travel involved back to the Bronze age. Eglund is an engineer, writer, journalist, and publicist. He worked as a science journalist and reporter in Africa for several German newspapers.  Since 2005, his focus has been on the environmental initiatives. As a specialist journalist for renewable energies, he works within media related to the ecological energy transition, first of all about solar energy Time to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you. Thank you to you, Eglund, for an amazing travel adventure in The Erzgebirge.  I felt I was there in reality. You brought history alive in this conversation. Dear listeners, thank you for joining Eglund and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Stay tuned for Eglund’s return for another stimulating conversation. Until next time keep safe and be well. Music by Bonn Fields "Can You See The Stars From Here" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/h35mpxlwTx/
23:55
March 28, 2022
Martina Ramsauer on Adventures in Life-Long Learning
S4 E13: Martina Ramsauer on Adventures in Life-Long Learning Martina Ramsauer“Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life’s greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the mind of the noble and the minds of the noble and the learned.” Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that my dear friend Martina Ramsauer from Rivella49’s Blog and I are connecting Ticino, Switzerland and Vancouver Canada to discuss travel, lifelong learning and the power of language. Martina believes that the most important adventure in life is learning. She combines travel experiences with the knowledge of language.  Her community is global, a consequence from her dedication to language studies. Why should we learn a new language? What is involved in language studies?  Where do we begin? These are the questions that will be discussed today. Thank you for joining Martina and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Martina, for sharing your love of learning, of travel, of connecting with other cultures through language. You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to embrace the challenge of learning throughout our lives. I invite you to meet up with Martina on her blog:  Rivella49’s Blog, a place that welcomes us all to engage in life-affirming conversation.  Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Trevor Kowalski “Coastal Romantique” Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/wFFggpwhwq/
15:56
March 21, 2022
Shetland, Herring and the Gutter Lasses
S4 E12: Shetland, Herring & The Gutter Lasses Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia! Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Storytelling has been with us since ancient times beginning as an oral tradition.  When writing arrived, these oral stories would find new homes in stone, papyrus, and parchment. Found in every culture and civilization, stories have taken on the form of epic poems, chants, rhymes, and song.  It is one generation gifting their knowledge and wisdom to the next generation. My story looks back to the turn of the nineteenth century as told by the good people of the Unst Boat Haven. The gutter lasses have faded into history, but their story remains ever vibrant, a reminder that we are at our best when we build a community based on friendship and common purpose.  This then is the essence of belonging, to be affiliated with and accepted by others within a group.  To work together in difficult times, to share joys and sorrows, to show respect, to encourage and support each other in our personal journeys and aspirations. Thank you for travelling back into the history of Shetland. I invite you to listen to the Song of the Fishgutters as we remember a time past. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
12:22
March 15, 2022
Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva on Building Deeper Connections Through Art
S4 E11: Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva on Building Deeper Connections Through Art Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva “I learned to share silences, paying attention to things that I did not understand, and there was no chance to ask, but just being there was enough to enjoy it. This was deeper than any words I wished to use. Life was suddenly filled with humble adventures. Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.  I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am beyond thrilled that I am travelling virtually to Los Angeles where I am meeting up with Argentine artist, Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva Since 2004, Graciela has been developing images for graphic design, animation, videogames, comics, and toys. She has always felt comfortable expressing things through characters. She says that drawing is like breathing. One day she decided to go out and draw on the streets, and she has never stopped. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Graciela and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Graciela, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your connection to the world through your artwork. Your dedication to building compassionate communities through artistic endeavours wherever you go inspires me and all those who have the privilege of meeting up with you. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Graciela on her website, Animalitoland and Instagram . Music by Emily Rubye "Finding Rain" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/LcXQhHd2MT/
34:20
March 08, 2022
Marcelle Glock, Ceramist on The Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition Part 2
Season 4 Episode 10: Marcelle Glock on The Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition Part 2 Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you Today, I am heading back to Mudge Island, located within the scenic Gulf Islands, between Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island.   Marcelle Glock, ceramist, and I are continuing the discussion on the wood fired ceramic tradition. You will recall that Marcelle’s pottery and sculptures sit in private collections around the world. Her artwork encompasses stoneware, raku, and local wild terra-cotta.  Marcelle forms clay into extraordinary artworks – from functional to sculptural, wearable and oracle.  She imbues each piece with a primal reverence toward the natural world. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Marcelle, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your connection to nature through the medium of clay.  Your continued awareness, respect and reverence for your art and the medium in which you work inspires me.  I know that you have encouraged listeners to recognize artistic endeavour is a calling and a responsibility Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Marcelle on her website, Mad Mudslinger on Instagram  and YouTube. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Ryan Freeman "Just Spend Time"  #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/uu2jL8Mqaa/
19:49
February 28, 2022
Stephanie Ladouceur on Staying the Course
S4 E9:   Stephanie Ladouceur on Staying the Course  Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. We live in a world that demands our time and energy.  These are precious and scarce resources.  There is only so much time and we have only so much energy.   Time to check in with my wellness coach, Stephanie from Bold Moves, for an energy boast and a great conversation on coaching for health and fitness. So put the kettle on and add to our discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia.  I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Stephanie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  A special shout-out to Stephanie who keeps me focused and inspired by her dedication and enthusiasm for health and fitness. One last thought comes from Winnie-the-Pooh: “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well! Music by Pastis "Enjoy Your Heartbreak (Instrumental Version) #Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/A2mcSsRSzx/
13:08
February 22, 2022
Irena Stropnik on Adventures in Hockey
Season 4 Episode 8: Irena Stropnik on Adventures in Hockey Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, I am delighted that my dear friend, Irena Stropnik, has joined Tea Toast & Trivia to bridge the 972 kilometers, between Calgary and Vancouver. If you are taking a road trip it would take 11 hours and 46 minutes via the Trans-Canada Highway.  I promise it would be an unforgettable, breathtaking journey for you would be traveling through the majestic Canadian Rockies. Irena and I will be discussing Hockey, which is defined as a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents’ goal with angled sticks. Hockey is one of the most popular sports in Canada. This will be an exciting discussion so put the kettle on and add to the conversation. Meet the Russian Babushkas Playing Ice Hockey Thank you for joining Irena and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Irena, for sharing your thoughts and experiences in playing hockey. As you noted, hockey is not an individual sport – it’s played as a team. Scoring goals in hockey is a team effort, regardless of who last touched the puck before it went in the net.  You continue to inspire me with your commitment to fostering a sense of belonging within a team environment. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Irena on LinkedIn. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well and be bold. Music and Sound Effects:  Epidemic Sound "Victory Theme" by Max Anson https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/AHXCbLjzRC/
25:23
February 14, 2022
Travelling to Cango Caves, South Africa with Roberta Eaton Cheadle
S4 E7: Travelling to Cango Caves, South Africa with Roberta Eaton Cheadle Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Living in the reality of Covid-19, travel has been curtailed, internationally as well as domestically. Even though travel is coming back slowly, there are places that I will never visit in my lifetime.   Over the past months, I have found that travel is possible through the alchemy of technology. Welcome to a new podcast series on Tea Toast & Trivia – “The Virtual Journey” which will explore new horizons through the eyes of a friend.  As Marcel Proust reminds me, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I am thrilled that Roberta Eaton Cheadle, aka Robbie, has invited me to South Africa, which is approximately 16,000 kilometres, as the crow flies, from Vancouver Canada.  I have crossed an ocean and entered the southern hemisphere. I invite you to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you. Thank you for joining Robbie and me on the first podcast in the series – “The Virtual Journey.” We have lived the experience of Cango Caves today, thanks to our gracious travel host, Robbie Cheadle! A very special thank you, Robbie, for sharing your amazing country. I invite you to meet up with Robbie on her blog, Roberta Writes, her Amazon Page,  Goodreads, Instagram,  and YouTube. Robbie has created a space where history comes alive with every page turned. Until next time, dear friends, stay safe, be well. Music by Epidemic Sound under Creator License Trevor Kowalski: Of All The Places We Could Go https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/0wLEYqh52F/ Trevor Kowalski: "The Best Way Out" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/PNtq1ar5HV/
23:24
February 08, 2022
Cary Hubbard on Cary’s Garage and the Project Z Car Revival
S4 E 6: Cary Hubbard on Cary’s Garage and the Project Car Revival “This channel is dedicated to my love of Vehicles. Cars, Truck, and Motorcycles. I love cars from all corners of the globe! I will review cars in my current collection and take you along as I work on them and get them fixed up.” Cary Hubbard, Cary’s Garage  Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. My father loved cars!  When I was a child, our family outings were to car dealerships and car expositions. With that in mind, you can imagine my excitement when Tim Price from Off Center & Not Even introduced me to Cary Hubbard from Cary’s Garage.  Cary joined me for a discussion about cars, trucks, cars, and more cars. On January 2nd, I tuned into Cary’s Garage YouTube channel for the first episode of Project Z Car Revival.  Cary picked up a 1980 Datsun 280ZX that he is going to get back on the road. This is going to be a great discussion so put the kettle on and stop by and add to the conversation. Thank you for joining Cary and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Cary, for sharing how you became involved with cars and the stories that are attached to each car that came into your life. I invite you to meet up with Cary on his YouTube Channel, Cary’s Garage. This channel is dedicated to Cary’s love of Vehicles. Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles. His cars come from all corners of the globe!  You are only an internet click away from being on an extraordinary road adventure with the Project Z Car Revival. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well. Epidemic Sound Music under Personal License Plain Strolls "Leave the Lights On" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/9oOwDuHvGF/
20:36
February 01, 2022
Shehanne Moore and Dave Astor on Reading the Classics
S4 E5:  Shehanne Moore and Dave Astor on Reading the Classics “A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans.” Italo Calvino, Why Read the Classics? Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Shehanne Moore from Dundee Scotland, and David Astor from Montclair, New Jersey have joined me in connecting three times zones within seconds to bring you a discussion on “What is a classic? Why should we read classics? And what classics should we read? Shehanne, also known as Shey, is a published author and publisher under Black Wolf Books, a small royalty paying publisher, presently taking submissions by invitation only. Dave Astor is an author, journalist, blogger, and writer of the award-winning weekly “Montclairvoyant” topical-humor column for Baristanet.com.  He is a National Society of Newspaper Columnists board member. Shey and Dave are avid readers and have great insights to share. This promises to be an exciting discussion so put the kettle on and on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Shey, Dave, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you, Shey and Dave for adding your insights on reading journeys that last a lifetime. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Shey on her website, Shehanne Moore.  You can follow Shey on Goodreads as well as Amazon at Shehanne Moore You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.  You can follow Dave on Goodreads as well as Amazon at Dave Astor I want to close with a quote from Dave’s book, Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: “Literature can send our minds to another time and place, allowing us to forget our lives and troubles for a few precious hours.  It can educate us about history, open our minds, increase our empathy, make us think, give us things to converse about, and/or provide plenty of excitement along with the escapism.” Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading, keep safe and be well.
21:36
January 25, 2022
Cathy Derksen on Navigating Transformation
S4 E4: Cathy Derksen on Navigating the Process of Transformation Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that Wealth and Success Coach, Cathy Derksen has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia for a discussion on how envisioning and planning are essential in navigating the process of personal transformation. Cathy is a four-time Amazon #1 best-selling author, coach, and mentor whose career is dedicated to helping women tap into their own greatness. She believes that we owe it to ourselves and each other to create lives that fill us with genuine joy.  How do we define success?  What benchmarks do we choose to measure success?  Does success lead to happiness and well-being?  These are the questions that we will explore today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Cathy and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Cathy, for sharing your thoughts on how we can embrace the next chapter in our lives whether it be a career change, retirement, relationship shift, and lifestyle adjustment. You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to honour our dreams and move forward with confidence and, with compassion, within a world that needs creativity and innovative thinking. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Cathy on her website, Inspired Tenacity, and on LinkedIn. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well. Gift: 1: Personalized Roadmap to Reignite Your Life Free Assessment Gift 2: eBook: Reignite Your Life!  8 Strategies for Getting More Out of Your
28:17
January 17, 2022
Carol Taylor on Tasting Life and Celebrating Food
S4 E3: Carol Taylor on Tasting Life and Celebrating Food. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.  I am delighted and thrilled that my friend and food blogger, Carol Taylor and I are connecting Thailand and Canada to discuss food, travel, and celebrations. Carol is an amazing food blogger who shares authentic recipes and tips on how to shop local for fresh, natural ingredients.  As a strong advocate for our environment, Carol believes that we can all make a difference.  She says that change starts with us – from within ourselves and our homes.  I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Thank you for joining Carol and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Carol, for sharing your love food, celebration, community, and the environment.   You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to head back into the kitchen, to enjoy the goodness of food, and to take care of our world, our home. I invite you to meet up with Carol on her blog:  Retired? No one told me! It is a place that welcomes us to share a meal, taste life, and live respectfully with the environment.  Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well.
20:30
January 10, 2022
A Huge Thank You and Welcome to 2022
Season 4 Episode 2: A Huge Thank You and Welcome to 2022 A few weeks ago I received an invitation via e-mail from Anchor to upload video files via Anchor that will come through as a video on the Spotify platform. Your account has now been enabled for Video Podcasts. For step-by-step instructions on publishing your first Video Podcast episode, check out our how-to guide.” Technology continues to find ways in which to bring us together as a global community. Over the past months, we have learned to work, study, and connect within a virtual environment. I recall the exact moment when I pressed the publish button for my first blog post in 2010. I felt that same sense of anticipation and trepidation when I published my first podcast in 2019. And now, in 2022, I have accepted Anchor’s invitation to post a Video Podcast. The length is less than two minutes long. It is my thank you for your support and encouragement of life-affirming conversations. January is the month for beginnings! As Meister Eckhart once wrote: Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. When I upload this episode to Anchor, the episode will be sent to listening platforms which will be in audio format. The Video Podcast will only be available on Spotify. For those who do not follow TTT on Spotify, I have included the video in this post. Listeners can chose whether to listen to the audio or watch the video. Part of what makes Video Podcasts extra-special is that they can be viewed front-and-center or seamlessly switched to the background, for on-the-go listening. Welcome to 2022. Thank you for listening in and for sharing your stories. The adventure continues…
01:58
January 04, 2022
Happy New Year with Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer
Season 4 Episode 1:  Happy New Year with Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer Welcome to Tea, Toast, and Trivia! Thank you for listening in! Happy New Year! We have entered the Year 2022. I am your host, Rebecca Budd. Thank you for listening in to this special podcast to bid a fond farewell to 2021 and offer a warm hello to the incoming 2022, a new year of possibilities and opportunities. Liz Humphreys from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Elisabeth Van Der Meer from Porvoo, Finland have joined me today for a celebration of New Year traditions that bring us together as a global community. Happy New Year, Liz and Elisabeth! Exciting news coming to you on our next adventure that will take us back to Russia. Stay tuned for more information. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Liz, for your willingness to take on this massive project, #WarAndPeade2022, and for your invitation to once again enter the world of Russian Literature. Thank you, Elisabeth, for adding breadth and depth to our understanding.  I am looking forward to road ahead and to the many discussions that will come out of this Readalong. 2022 will be the year of Leo Tolstoy. Liz Humphreys has brought together an invaluable collection of resources that will add depth to our reading experience. Books, blog posts, and reading schedules are available and easily accessible at the following links. #WarAndPeace2022 – Related Resources #WarAndPeace2022 – Reading Schedule Thank you for joining Liz, Elisabeth, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.   You are invited guest on #WarAndPeace2022. As we part, I leave you with the words of Leo Tolstoy to speed you on your journey. “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” You can connect with Liz on “Leaping Life” and Elisabeth on “A Russian Affair.”  You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
25:16
January 01, 2022
Is There A Santa Claus
Season 3 Episode 52:  Is There A Santa Claus? Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host, Rebecca Budd. I look forward to sharing this moment with you. December 24th Christmas Eve has arrived.  With the last-minute shopping completed, we ready our hearts for this special evening anticipated since the beginning of December.  All the plans have been made, the gifts have been wrapped and the baking completed. All of December has been in anticipation of Christmas Day.  And yet, as I look back, it was Christmas Eve that held the magic.  The lights of the Christmas tree flickered, spreading a warmth around us as we sipped hot chocolate and waited for Santa Claus to arrive. Is there a Santa Claus? There is reliable confirmation that dates to 1897, when eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote her famous letter. You may recall that it all began when Virginia asked her father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, whether there really was a Santa Claus.  Her father’s answer was brilliant.  Instead of responding himself, he suggested that she write direct to The Sun, one of New York’s most prominent newspapers at the time.  He assured her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Virginia received a response from veteran newsman, Francis Pharcellus Church, a lead editorial writer for the New York Sun. Francis Church, who had seen great suffering as a war correspondent during the American Civil War, was a known skeptic, hardened cynic who had little tolerance for superstitious beliefs.  And yet, he recognized the need for hope and faith in society.  Perhaps it is when we see sorrow and grief, we are more able to answer a call for affirmation in the goodness of life.  For that is what Virginia looked for when she asked whether there is a Santa Claus. More than a century later, the article written by Francis Church still maintains it standing as the most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. Join me as I read Francis Church’s most famous editorial written in 1897 – Is there a Santa Clause? Dear friends, may the joy of Christmas Eve surround you and yours, with love, warmth, and wonder.  Together, may we embrace hope and expectation as we enter a new year. From our house to yours, A Merry Christmas and all the very best of the Holiday Season. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well!
12:43
December 24, 2021
Sarah, Angela & The Art of Reading Books
“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” Christina Rossetti Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. It happens to all of us. Some time in our life we come to know that we will never read all the books that are on our “to read” shelves. My sister, Sarah, hosts The Book Dialogue podcast, which records our unscripted discussions on the books we read, which is our way of expanding our reading compacity. Sarah is a voracious reader and I confess that I must run to keep up with her. The Book Dialogue podcast has been on a recent hiatus, while Sarah completed her MBA studies.  Good news, Sarah received her MBA with distinction.   And more good news is that The Book Dialogue will be back on schedule in 2022.    But in the meantime, I found an audio file that was long forgotten and never published. Sarah and I discuss Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, which answers the question: “Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? With Sarah’s permission, I am publishing this conversation on Tea Toast and Trivia. Sarah and I have different perspectives and we are very interested in hearing what you think.  So put the kettle on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Sarah, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Books have the awesome power to transform, engage and inspire. Looking forward to seeing you on The Book Dialogue in 2022. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading and be well!
19:41
December 21, 2021
Debby Gies on Being an Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist
Season 3 Episode 50: Debby Gies on Being an Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that blogger and non-fiction writer, Debby Gies and I are connecting Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. Debby is a Canadian author, writing under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. Her intent is to inspire others by sharing her stories about events she has encountered, and the lessons that have come along with them. Debby is an empathetic fashionista and shopper extraordinaire who loves to laugh. She is an eclectic memoirist and conversationalist who writes to empower by sharing slices of life.  Her blog is a wide-ranging mix of randomness, where you will find anything from writing tips to tales from the past, to travel tips, book reviews, and author interviews. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Debby and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Debby, for sharing your insights on living life in the now, with humour and expectation.   You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired readers and listeners to head into the unknown with courage and determination. I invite you to meet up with Debby on her blog, D.G. Kaye Writer.com , on her Amazon Page and on Goodreads.  It is a place that welcomes profound conversations that reminds us to Live, Love, Laugh and Breathe. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading and be well.
23:47
December 13, 2021
Liz Humphreys, Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Mandy Henderson on Farewell to the #KaramazovReadalong and Welcome #WarAndPeace2022
S3E49: Liz Humphreys, Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Mandy Henderson on Farewell to the #KaramazovReadalong and Welcome #WarAndPeace2022 Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. The #KaramazovReadalong has reached the end of the journey which started on August 27, 2021. Today, we are saying a farewell to The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Liz Humphreys from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Elisabeth Van Der Meer from Porvoo, Finland have joined me to look back on what we have learned and look forward to what may come. We have a special guest, Mandy Henderson, from Christchurch, New Zealand who has come to join the farewell celebration. This is the first time we have linked four time zones on Tea Toast & Trivia. A special thank you to Don, the techie behind the scenes. You may recall that a few months ago, I received an invitation from my blogger friend and book aficionado, Liz Humphreys to join her on a readalong of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  This readalong was to coincide with the 200th year anniversary of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s birth. The stars aligned when Elisabeth Van Der Meer, from A Russian Affair, agreed to join the party. What have we learned? What are the takeaways that will stay with us? What comes next? These are the questions that will be discussed today. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Liz, Elisabeth, Mandy and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Liz, for your willingness to take on this massive project and for your invitation to enter the world of Russian Literature. Thank you, Elisabeth, for adding breadth and depth to our understanding. Thank you, Mandy for joining the #KaramazovReadalong. Listeners, you can connect with Liz on “Leaping Life,” Elisabeth on “A Russian Affair,” and Mandy on  “Silkannthreades” You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading, and be well.
29:49
December 06, 2021
Yvonne Thevenot on Mentorship Within a Changing Global World
S3 E48: Yvonne Thevenot on Mentorship Within a Changing Global World Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking