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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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Timothy Price on Music and Creative Endeavour
Timothy Price on Music and Creative Endeavour
S4 E43: Timothy Price on Music and Creative Endeavour Reflections dive deep Into swift waters stilled Winter’s magic ethereal light Walks on water, river sprites Tiptoe under thin light gleaming Watchful sliver moon alone Slips between shadows, darkness Chimeric light leads me home Excerpt from a Walk in Winter by Timothy Price @TimothyPrice 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 traveling virtually to Albuquerque, New Mexico to meet up with my blogger friend, writer, poet, musician, and photographer, Timothy Price. He joins me today for a discussion on music and creative endeavour. I have been following Tim’s blog since my first introduction to him on Resa McConaghy’s blog,  Art Gowns, The Art of Glamorous Fantasy. Tim has a marvelous sense of humour and a love of photography and music.  What I especially appreciated about Tim is that he provides sustained support and encouragement for artistic pursuits. Tim reminds me that creativity opens us to experience a deeper understanding of who we are and how we relate to the world around us. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Tim and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Tim, for a brilliant discussion on music and creative endeavours. I invite meet up with Tim and his friends on his blog Off Centre Not Even.   It is a great place to hang out and listen to music, Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Music by Martin Landstrom "(Why are you) Telling Me No."  #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/lHsD0R61l1/
24:54
November 21, 2022
The Trio on Living the Dream
The Trio on Living the Dream
S4 42 The Trio on Living the Dream 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 what does it mean to live the dream life. 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"  #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/YldSXDgo21/
15:59
November 08, 2022
D.L. Finn on A Poet’s Voice
D.L. Finn on A Poet’s Voice
S4 E41:  D.L. Finn on A Poet’s Voice blood red trees autumn’s forest glows hunter moon D.L Finn, 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. The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, edited by Colleen M. Chesebro and JulesPaige is a profound exploration of Japanese and American syllabic poetry.  The theme of this journal was influenced by the Harvest, Hunter’s, and Frost moons, which are the names given to the three full moons that transpire during the autumn months.   Within the pages of this poetry collection, the diverse mix of syllabic poetry has ignited my desire to explore a poetic journey.  Today, I am delighted that D.L. Finn whose poetry is featured in “The Moons of Autumn” has joined me to give voice to her poetry. Welcome to the first podcast in the series, “A Poet’s Voice”, which brings words of poetry from across the world to your home. D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include children’s books, adult fiction, a unique autobiography, and poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining D.L. Finn and me on Tea Toast & Trivia to share the beauty of poetic words. Thank you, D.L. Finn for sharing your insights on how poetry allows us to describe the world around us in unexpected ways. Music by David Celeste "Wake Up with Me"  https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/lNvPapTBle/ Music By Rannar Sillard "Worlds Apart"  https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/DfrxaRrTVW/ #EpidemicSound
16:59
October 24, 2022
Tristan Price and Cary Hubbard on the Project Z Car Revival
Tristan Price and Cary Hubbard on the Project Z Car Revival
S4 E40: Tristan Price and Cary Hubbard on the Project Z Car Revival 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. A few weeks ago, I attended a family wedding in Squamish, British Columbia, the town famous for mountain biking and hiking in summer and snowmobiling and back-country skiing in winter. When we arrived in the parking area of our hotel, we were surprised to find a Red 1993 Suzuki Sidekick JL parked in a nearby parking space.   Even more amazing, when we looked closer, we realized that this was the car that we purchased in 1993.  When we met up with the current owner, we were told that she was the fourth owner of our car. Cars have personal histories, too! Today I am excited that I will be heading back Cary’s Garage for an update on the Project Z Car Revival project.   You will recall that Tim Price from Off Center & Not Even  introduced me to Cary Hubbard from Cary’s Garage a few months ago. Cary picked up a 1980 Datsun 280ZX that he was going to get back on the road.    Today, a special guest is joining Cary and me on TTT.  Tristan Price, the owner of the 1980 Datsun 280ZX, has come to tell the history behind this special car. This is going to be a great discussion so put the kettle on, stop by and add to the conversation. Thank you for joining Tristan, Cary, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Tristan and Cary for the history and update on the legendary 1980 Datsun 280ZX. I have enjoyed this conversation. 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, safe travel wherever your adventures lead you. Music by Plain Strolls "Leave the Lights On." Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/9oOwDuHvGF/
27:15
October 11, 2022
Looking Back with Frances on Farming
Looking Back with Frances on Farming
S4 E38: Looking back with Frances on Farming "There are few left alive now who remember those days.  There were none of the new inventions of tractor driven machinery that became available to the more prosperous farmers in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.  The machinery was horse or mule driven.  For the women, there were no modern stoves or refrigerators.  Milk and butter were kept cold by lowering the items into the cisterns in the warm summer months.  Cooking stoves used for preparing meals made the kitchen extremely and almost unbearably hot in the summertime.” Frances, My Mother's Memoirs Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! Today, I am joined by my mother, Frances, to remember what it was like to live on a farm in the 1930’s and 1940’s. We invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. Until next time we meet, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you.
12:47
September 19, 2022
Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral
Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral
S4 E38: Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral Bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops are great places for book readings. There is something extraordinary about hearing the voice of an author reading their stories. Their voice and intonation are nuanced by the many hours of effort putting pen to paper.  They created the characters, structured the plot, and lived every twist and turn that creates bumps in the storyline. Public libraries and bookstores have expanded their reach into a global community. Book readings have gone virtual.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to the podcast series, “Authors Reading their Books”, which brings authors and their books from across the world to your home.  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 moment with you. I am thrilled to introduce Darlene Foster who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from her novel, Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral (An Amanda Travel Adventure Book 9) which I have pre-ordered to be delivered to me in Kindle and paperback format on September 13, 2022.    I confess that I wanted a preview of Amanda’s exciting new adventure in Paris - the City of Light or in French, La Ville-Lumière. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Darlene and me on Tea Toast & Trivia “Authors reading their Books”. And a special thank you, Darlene, for reading from Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral.  I look forward to tagging along with Amanda and her best friend, Leah, as they explore the exciting streets of Paris, the fabulous Palace of Versailles, and the gardens of the painter Claude Monet, while being drawn into the mystery surrounding the destructive fire of Notre Dame cathedral. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Darlene on Amazon, Goodreads and her website and blog Darlene Foster, which she created for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers, friends and friends she has not met yet.  It is a place where stories dwell. Until next time, dear friends, save travels wherever you adventures take you. Music by Jon Alger "Falling Raindrops"  https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/OIfeErDZZZ/ Music by Trailer Worx "Sunshine in my Pocket" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/6idSWR6vo6/ #EpidemicSound
16:49
September 12, 2022
H.S. Eglund on the Sun and Solar Energy
H.S. Eglund on the Sun and Solar Energy
Season 4 Episode 37: H.S. Eglund on the Sun and Solar Energy Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you. I am travelling virtually over 7900 kilometers to Berlin, Germany to meet up with my friend, Eglund, journalist and writer, to discuss the sun and the energy that comes from the sun. Eglund believes that the topic of solar energy should not be reduced to the technical side of solar cells.  Humanity has had and continues to have a connection to the sun throughout history. Eglund is an engineer 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. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you Eglund, for sharing your insights and latest developments in solar energy.  It is heartening to know that we can all make a difference. 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, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Music by Bonn Fields "Can You See the Stars From Here" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/h35mpxlwTx/
23:43
September 05, 2022
Shehanne Moore on Dundee’s Famous Poet, William McGonagall
Shehanne Moore on Dundee’s Famous Poet, William McGonagall
S4 E36:  Shehanne Moore on Dundee’s Famous Poet, William McGonagall “I may say Dame Fortune has been very kind to me by endowing me with the genius of poetry.” William McGonagall, The Autobiography of Sir William Topaz McGonagall 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. Join me as I travel virtually to Broughty Ferry, Scotland, Dundee’s Historic Seaside Village, to meet up with my friend, writer, and publisher, Shehanne Moore. Shehanne has given us exciting historical romances – O’Roarke’s Destiny, His Judas Bride, Loving Lady Lazuli, The Unraveling of Lady Fury, and the list goes on. As many of you know, Shehanne, has extensive knowledge of classical literature.  A few months ago, she introduced me to William McGonagall, one of Scotland’s best-known poets. I confess that I had never heard this name before. William McGonagall was the son of the working-class Irish handloom weavers. He was born in 1825 in Edinburgh and raised in Dundee.  Some say that William McGonagall was the worst poet ever to commit pen to paper and yet, his poetry has never been out of print since his death in 1902. His influence is seen in the works of Spike Milligan, The Muppet Show, Terry Pratchett, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Who was William McGonagall?  Why was his poetry deemed “the worst?”  Was he a fool or a genius?  These are the questions that will be discussed today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Shehanne for introducing me to an unforgettable poet who persevered despite ridicule by those who looked down on his lowly station and humble verse.  The more I read about William McGonagall, the more I see his brilliance. The poem “Attempted Assassination of the Queen” by Knight of the White Elephant of Burmah, William McGonagall can be accessed on the following link: Attempted Assassination Of The Queen Thank you for joining Shehanne and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. I invite you to meet up with Shehanne on WordPress, Pinterest, and Twitter. You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure. Until next time we meet, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you. Music by: #EpidemicSound Howard Harper Barnes "Behind Every Powerful Man" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/yKWtfxzmse/ Claude Signet "Together is Better" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/gPLIAeQ0Cj/
21:54
August 29, 2022
Joseph Macdonald on Engaging within a Global Community
Joseph Macdonald on Engaging within a Global Community
“There is no way to define my engagement in this process other than to call it a passion.  A passion for supporting immigrants and refugees in every way possible and for enhancing communication and understanding for all people.” Joseph Macdonald, Strategic and Business Development Specialist S4 E35:  Joseph Macdonald on Engaging within a Global 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 travelling virtually across the Canadian Rockies to Calgary, Alberta, where I am meeting up with Joseph Macdonald, an innovative thinker who connects with businesses to facilitate overcoming challenges.  Joseph is a brilliant communicator who fosters a sense of purpose and commitment within organizations, both private and public, enhancing opportunities for growth and influence. He believes that collaborative problem-solving encourages personal growth and increased job satisfaction. Joseph is involved in many projects and initiatives.  Today, he has joined me to talk about working with partners from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and three Calgary immigrant serving organizations to deliver workshops on transcultural communication skills. What is the definition of transcultural communication?  How do we acquire this skillset?  What are the benefits to us personally and to our communities? 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, Joseph, for sharing your knowledge, experience, and insights.  Although we have never met in person, you have been a source of encouragement to me over the years.  You remind me that we are living the story of our generation.  Our stories will link to the past, influence the future, and become interwoven within the greater narrative of humanity. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Joseph on LinkedIn and the website, Transcultural Communications Workshop.  Until next time we meet dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Music by Experia "Never Give Up" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/Lv2ddiD84X/
24:24
August 22, 2022
Looking Back with Frances on Sod Houses
Looking Back with Frances on Sod Houses
S4 E34: Looking Back with Frances on Sod Houses 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. May 22, 2022, The City of Vancouver held a symposium to feature best practices in green roof design, maintenance and policy making on the West Coast.  This was in response to Vancouver’s ambitious targets of having all new buildings “carbon neutral” by 2030.  One of the strategies is to promote green roofs as a way of managing rainwater.  It is called the RainCity Strategy. The United States Environment Protection Agency supports this strategy: “Green roofs have been proven to help reduce heat islands.”  The European Commission recognizes the multiple benefits of green roofs in a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. Green Roofs are emerging as a global strategy.   And yet, green roofs have been with us throughout history.  We continue to build on knowledge that has come before. As Isaac Newton remarked a few centuries ago: “if I have seen further [than others], it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Today, I am joined by my mother, Frances, to discuss sod houses. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion. "Carl A. Oman was a tall, very handsome man.  He was born and spent his early childhood in Oman, Sweden.  His surname came from his birthplace, a choice was made to change the family name when they came to the United States.  He came as a young unmarried man, possibly to prepare for the arrival of the rest of his family.  Many of his relatives settled in Minden, Nebraska, but he chose to homestead approximately fifteen miles between the towns of Callaway and Arnold, Nebraska.  Gothenburg lay 24 miles to the south. There is not much information about his family, but he did have brothers who “made it well”.  One settled further to the west and one chose to go to Alaska to mine for gold." Frances, My Mother’s Memoirs Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia as we looked back at how sod houses created family homes. Until next time we meet, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Special note: When I entered the world of podcasting in 2019, my first goal was to preserve my mother, Frances’s story.   Frances was raised on a farm in Nebraska during the eventful decades of 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 appreciate how history continues to influence our present reality. Music by Emily Rubye “In Another Life” #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/zBn6lcut8W/
10:32
August 16, 2022
Travelling to Halifax with Michelle Hunter
Travelling to Halifax with Michelle Hunter
S4 E33: Traveling to Halifax with Michelle Hunter 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, I have found that virtual 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 back to Halifax to meet up with my friend and colleague, Michelle Hunter. Halifax is located in the Maritime Province of Nova Scotia on the Eastern Coast of Canada. Halifax is also the home of my Alma Mater, Dalhousie University, where Michelle and I first met twenty years ago. Michelle Hunter is the Acting Director of the Centre for Executive and Graduate Education, Dalhousie University.  She has been a support for hundreds of graduate students over the years offering a compassionate voice, helping students achieve a home-work-study balance. Welcome to Halifax! 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, Michelle, for an amazing travel adventure. I felt I was in Halifax with you, walking in Halifax Public Gardens. Dear listeners, thank you f