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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. There is always a story to be read, an adventure to be imagined, and an idea to be understood. Words give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity, past and future.
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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. There is always a story to be read, an adventure to be imagined, and an idea to be understood. Words give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity, past and future.
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Shirley on Wellness
Episode 43: Shirley on Wellness Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, - wherever you are, thank you for listening in.  Every Wednesday, I meet up with my mother, Frances for tea and a wonderful conversation, which has, over the past few months, become our time to create a podcast discussion. We usually meet in her sewing room among the material, patterns and threads, but today we carried our mic over to see our long-time friend, Shirley, a reflexologist and aromatherapist. Lexico, power by Oxford defines reflexology as “a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.” The Mayo Clinic goes into more depth, confirming that it is a way of seeking relaxation and stress relief. As in all areas of health, you should talk to your doctor whether reflexology will be a benefit for you. Put the kettle on and add to the discussion on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Shirley, Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. A very special thank you to Shirley, for sharing her thoughts on seeking wellness within a fast-paced world. One last thought comes from an ancient voice, Virgil who is traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets.  “The greatest wealth is health.” May we devote our time and effort into investing in our health. Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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December 6, 2019
Tea with E Pauline Johnson
Episode 42: Tea with E Pauline Johnson Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia Good morning, Good Afternoon Good Evening – wherever you are, thank you for listening in and joining the podcast conversation. Today, I am taking tea with a poet that has gone before us – E. Pauline Johnson. Poetry is necessary. It is an intense, emotional language that speaks to our spirit, to our deep need for understanding and belonging. We respond to the sounds, symbolism, rhythm of poetic language. Poetry gives us the confidence to explore our fast-paced dynamic world. It also gives us a glimpse of past ways that may be unfamiliar to us in our current reality. When we read poetry, we must place the words within the context of history. Poetry cannot be limited to time for it gives power to what comes next. I am learning to see a wider perspective that is not confined to the lens of our time, our values, our societal constructs. Pauline Johnson forged a personal identify, and in so doing, widened the path for others. May we do the same… I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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December 3, 2019
Thanksgiving with Frances
Episode 41: Thanksgiving with Frances Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, - wherever you are, thank you for listening in.  Every Wednesday, I meet up with my mother, Frances for tea and a wonderful conversation, which has, over the past few months, become our time to create a podcast discussion. We meet in her sewing room amongst the material, patterns and threads - a perfect acoustic environment for recording our voices. We set up a mic, close the door and talk.  It seems simple enough but facing a mic and wondering what to say next is rather daunting.  A huge thank you Mom, for heading into the podcasting unknown with me every Wednesday. Tomorrow, our neighbours to the South will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Frances and I will be joining the festivities as we remember Thanksgiving in the past. Put the kettle on and add to the discussion on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. Happy Thanksgiving - may everyday be filled with gratitude. One last thought comes from Maya Angelou from her book Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer, “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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November 28, 2019
The Trio on Time for Us
Episode 40: The Trio on Time For Us. Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my sister, Sarah,and my mother, Frances, as we consider the idea of what is called a multiplier effect,  which suggests there are ways to boost our personal productivity.  If we adopt efficiency strategies, such as learning to prioritize our day, eliminate nonessential duties, or simply delegate or delay tasks, will we improve our lives? Will we achieve a higher level of effectiveness? So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. On last thought before we go is by Eleanor Roosevelt, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Until next time, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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November 26, 2019
Liz on Finding Excellence
Episode 39: Liz On Finding Excellence Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. The search for excellence is intertwined in the story of humanity. Consider the Chinese philosopher, Confucius who said centuries ago, that “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” In our world, there is a plethora of books that guide us on our search. My question is – will we ever find excellence? Or will we be able to know when we have reached the exalted state of excellence? For answers, I turn to my dear blogger friend, Liz from the blog Leaping Life.  Once again, we are linking Edinburgh and Vancouver, which is 7,059 kilometers or 4,387 miles. So, Put the kettle on and join in the conversation. We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  The search for excellence is ongoing. It is a state a mind that celebrates being “excellent in the moment.” As Liz said, “I’m so pleased that I persevered with it all. Those few weeks of trial and much error now seem totally worth all the irritation and frustration.” And a very special thank you to you Liz, for sharing your insights and wisdom. I’m looking forward to our next conversation coming up in a few weeks. Connect with Liz on Leaping Life! Pause, Breathe, Live! Until next time, dear friends, safe travels.
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November 20, 2019
Brian on Celebrating Kindness Day
Episode 38: Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, is World Kindness Day. Join my brother, Brian, and me as we discuss the question: What is kindness? So put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  Stop by TeaToastTrivia.com and share your insights. We would love to hear from you. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Brian and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  And thank you Brian for sharing you thoughts on short notice.  I always enjoy our conversations. For more information on World Kindness Day, check out the link The World Kindness Movement.org One last thought comes from Henry James: “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Safe travels, wherever your adventures take you!
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November 13, 2019
Connecting Finland and Canada via Russian Literature
Episode 37: Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Russian literature has captured my heart ever since I read the opening paragraphs of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. A funeral and a mother’s grave – profound, moving, unforgettable.  I was 15 years old. Boris Pasternak may have opened the door to Russian literature. Complex, dramatic, haunting – the roots of Russian literature can be traced back to the Middle Ages.  But it was my dear blogger friend, Elisabeth van der Meer  from the blog A Russian Affair who has been my unfailing guide in the exploration of Russian literature. Elizabeth has joined me in a huge leap into the podcasting unknown, from the far distance of 7,514 km or 4,669 miles. We are connecting Finland and Canada via Russian Literature. So, put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Elisabeth and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  And thank you, Elisabeth, for sharing your love of Russian literature.  I am truly grateful for your willingness to come back to discuss the brilliant writer Ivan Turgenev One last thought comes from Doctor Zhivago: “I don’t think I could love you so much if you had nothing to complain of and nothing to regret. I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and of little value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.” Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago May we be open to the beauty of our life. Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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November 11, 2019
Stephanie on Bold Moves In Exercise
Episode 36: Stephanie on Bold Moves In Exercise Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thanks for listening in... It is time to check in with my wellness and workout coach, Stephanie who reminds me daily, that being bold moves mountains.  Today we are heading into the gym, so wear comfortable shoes and prepare to be amazed by how much fun exercise can be. According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Physical inactivity levels are rising in many countries with major implications for the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the population worldwide. Stephanie and I would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com. 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. And thank you Stephanie for joining me from a distance – a distance of almost 1200 kilometers. One last thought comes from our dear lovable Winnie-the-Pooh: “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you. And my hope is that some of those adventures take you to a gym.
12:39
November 4, 2019
Remembering My Father
Episode 35. Remembering My Father. Welcome to a special edition of Tea Toast & Trivia – remembering my Father. Thank you for listening in…A special thanks to Brian, my brother who added music to the podcast. In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes (King James Version)it is written “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die;” We celebrate the first time even as we grieve at the second. And yet, in grieving there is much to celebrate. We have memories to sustain us as we continue our journey. May we create vibrant and joyful memories that build hope and resilience for those who follow after us. My Father passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Autumn was Dad’s favourite season. He looked forward to the golden red foliage, the gentle chill against his cheek, and the brilliant sun against a light blue sky.  For him, it was a time of rebirth. When he was a young man, my Father was a cowboy in Wyoming and Montana. He took his last ride on a morning that was filled with sunshine, surrounded by the love of his family and the hope of our faith. He is now on a new journey. We miss him – he had a brave and noble heart. Dad believed life was meant to be lived with optimism, and open to all possibilities. My Father was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, minister, advocate, scholar, explorer and philosopher.  Above all, he was passionately involved and excited about living within a fast paced, ever-changing world. He believed that his grandchildren were the future and prayed that each one would find peace and joy. Mitch Albom, in his book For One More Day, wrote “When someone is in your heart, they’re never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times.” My Father loved traditional Celtic music. He came back to me when I heard this song…
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October 26, 2019
Frances on Two Sisters Look Back
Episode 34: Frances on Two Sisters Look Back Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!  Wherever you are, thank you for listening in. In one of my last conversations with my Father before he passed several years ago, he asked me to tell the stories.  I gave my promise, without having a full understanding of what telling the stories meant.  Since that time, I have come to know that Dad meant a broader definition of narrative.  There are many stories held in the folds of history that must be heard.  This thought became the genesis of the podcast, Tea Toast & Trivia Today, I am joined by my mother, Frances, as we look back to farming in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The United Nations designated the year 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).  This year, on May 29, 2019, the United Nations launched  the Decade of Family Farming from 2019 – 2028.  My mother was a farmer’s daughter.  She knows first-hand the importance of family farming in providing food. So put the kettle on and join in the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. My grandparents were farmers, but very few of their offspring became farmers.  We have lost touch with the land and have placed reliance on our efficient food distribution services.   There is a growing awareness that we need to find our way back… One last thought comes from Wendell Berry: “For the true measure of agriculture is not the sophistication of its equipment the size of its income or even the statistics of its productivity but the good health of the land.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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October 21, 2019
Stephanie, on Bold Moves & Portion Control
Episode 33:  Stephanie on Bold Moves & Portion Control Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in on Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Family and friends across the country gathered today to celebrate gratitude and share a festive meal, laughter and great conversations.  At times like this, there is a temptation to eat more than usual and then worry that we have overindulged. What better time than now to check in my wellness and workout coach, Stephanie for a conversation on portion control. Stephanie has a refreshing way of looking at meal planning. She says food is awesome – that we should enjoy eating without any guilty sensation.   Food sustains us. Being bold in our relationship with food, will move the mountain of regret and guilt. So put the kettle on join our discussion on portion control.  Stephanie and I would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com. 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 and for sharing our Canadian Thanksgiving. One last thought comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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October 15, 2019
Brian on the Greater Journey
Episode 32:  Brian on The Greater Journey Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Brian, my brother, came back to continue the discussion on embracing our creativity. Today, we are looking at the greater journey by celebrating the past and giving relevance to where we are here, right now. Brian talks about our father’s love of music and how it continues to influence our lives, long after his passing. So put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  Stop by TeaToastTrivia.com and share your insights. We would love to hear from you. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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October 12, 2019
The Trio on Meditation
Episode 31: The Trio on Meditation Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my sister, Sarah and my mother Frances as we consider the idea of meditation. Is meditation simply a popular trend, a fad?  Or will it help us to achieve a sense of well-being?  How do we practice meditation, especially when many priorities compete for our time? So put the kettle on. We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. Until next time, may we remember Sarah’s words: “May I be well. May I be happy. May I be loved.” Safe travels wherever your adventures take you today.
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October 5, 2019
Living our Creativity
Episode 30:  Living our Creativity Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my brother, Brian,  to discuss integrating creativity within our busy routines that compete for our time and energy. Do we celebrate or minimize the creativity within ourselves?  Brian has a marvelous understanding of the creative process and welcomes you to share your experience with us on TeaToastTrivia.com Put the kettle on and join in the conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Brian and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Creativity, at its foundation, is all about connecting. When we value our creative efforts, we accept an adventure that transcends time and location. We are all creators with a capacity to share our personal stories within the greater journey. One last thought comes from Henri Matisse: Creativity takes courage. ” May we embrace this call to action and celebrate our creative endeavours. So, until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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September 30, 2019
Edinburgh to Vancouver with Liz
Episode 29: Edinburgh to Vancouver with Liz Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. My dear blogger friend, Liz, from the blog Leaping Life suggested a fabulous book written by her friend Maggy Pigott,  “How to Age Joyfully: Eight Steps to a Happier, Fuller Life.”  Liz, an intrepid writer, artist and community builder joined me in a huge leap into the podcasting unknown.  We created a podcast from a distance.  How distant is the distance you may ask? It is a very good question. We are linking Edinburgh and Vancouver, which is 7,059 kilometers or 4,387 miles. So, put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  How to Age Joyfully: Eight Steps to a Happier, Fuller Life is a profound reflection on what it means to embrace every moment of our journey. This is a must-read book for people of all ages. After all, aging begins the moment we are born. Besides being a joyful overview of how to engage within our communities – both local and global, this book provides excellent resources upon which to draw. I will be keeping it close at hand for inspiration and ideas. Thanks, Maggy! Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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September 24, 2019
Should We Complain?
Episode 28: Should We Complain? Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss the question – Should we complain? According to many sources – and you know that there are many sources found in a google search –  complaining is detrimental. One article noted that research clearly indicates that listening to complaints of any kind, including venting our personal grievances, will produce a downward trend in our emotional outlook.  Another article warned that complaining could alter our brain.  YIKES!    Why then, do we indulge in complaining? Should we put on our “happy face” and ignore problems, avoid them, dismiss them?    Put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Embracing our moments with gratitude is a choice that will open the pathway to graciously acknowledging concerns and seeking positive outcomes – not only for ourselves but for our families, friends, and communities, both local and global. One last thought comes from Maya Angelou.  “What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.” So, until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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September 16, 2019
Stephanie on Bold Moves
Episode 27: Stephanie on Bold Moves Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my workout coach, Stephanie, for a conversation about embracing an active and healthy lifestyle. Mark Twain once wrote, “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.” This was said in jest, with Mark Twain’s famous tongue-in-cheek style. But how many of us believe there may be an inkling of truth in his words. Stephanie has a refreshing way of looking at her day-to-day routine. A working mother of two beautiful children, she structures her day for planning nutritious meals and physical activity. Well-being is a life-long journey, she says. And it is worth the effort. Everyone is unique and must be guided by individual preferences, depending upon where you are right now. Her motto is “being bold moves mountains.”   For many, including me, that boldness may take the form of baby steps. So put the kettle on and listen in to our discussion on healthy lifestyles and bold moves. 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. Embracing a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular physical activity is a gift that we give ourselves and those who love us. One last thought comes from Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker: “take care of your body. it's the only place you have to live in.” So, until next time. dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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September 8, 2019
The Art of Aging
Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia, Episode 26 Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my mother Frances for a conversation about the aging process. I have never really understood the phrase: you are as young as you feel.  Birthdays come and go, and I feel the same. It’s only when I look back at photos that show a young woman of 18 ready to take on the world that I realize the passage of time.  She recognized the possibilities, while I have lived the possibilities, the marvelous adventures that have come through the years.   And yet, we are the same for we live in the moment, with expectation and anticipation. So put the kettle on and let’s talk about aging.  Better yet, the art of aging. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Embracing and celebrating aging is a choice and acceptance of  who we are in the moment. My dear blogger friend, Liz from Leaping Life suggested a fabulous book written by her friend Maggy Pigott,  “How to Age Joyfully: Eight Steps to a Happier, Fuller Life.”  In the coming weeks, Liz and I will be exploring how we can podcast from a distance - from Edinburgh to Vancouver.  Stay tuned for a podcast with Liz on this insightful book. One last thought comes from  Madeleine L'Engle: “The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.” So, until next time dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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August 30, 2019
Lazy Husky Daisy
Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia, Episode 25. Thank you for listening in. Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.” I believe this is true because of Daisy, a gentle, beautiful husky that has become an invaluable addition to our family. Today I am joined by Alisha, Daisy’s mother who, along with her fiancé, Ben has given Daisy a welcoming home. So put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We love to hear from you on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. A special thank you to Alisha.  Check out Daisy’s personal Instagram account, Lazy Husky Daisy.  In September, she will move to Calgary with her parents.  She is going to love the Alberta winters. I can see her playing in the snow. One last thought comes from Milan Kundara: “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Until next, time dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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August 23, 2019
The Trio on Intentional Growth
Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia, Episode 24! Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my sister, Sarah and my mother Frances for a lively discussion on personal growth.  Should we have an intentional plan for personal growth, or do we just let life happen and respond as we go along?  How do we know whether we have made progress?  According to experts, personal growth and development is essential if we are ever to realize our full potential.   Personal Growth, Intentional Growth, Full Potential – these are powerful words, but words that hold many meanings and ambiguities So put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We love to hear from you on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you  ****** Thank you for listening in and sharing this moment with Sarah, Frances and me. Reaching our full potential is a choice and acceptance of the possibilities awaiting our arrival, around the next bend in the road. As Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden: Or, Life in the Woods: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” So, until next, time dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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August 17, 2019
Friendship Through the Voice of Poet Jean-Jacques Fournier
Episode 23:  Friendship Through the Voice of Poet Jean-Jacques Fournier Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia! The refreshing taste of an iced fruit tea on a hot summer afternoon in August adds to the pure enjoyment of reading the poetry of my dear friend and poet, Jean-Jacques Fournier. Jean-Jacques Fournier is a native of Montreal and has been living  in the Eastern Townships (QC) since 2010 with his French wife Marianne. Before returning to Canada, he lived eight glorious years in the South of France, first in Vence, which is situated in the hills of the Alpes Maritime overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Then in Grasse, considered the world’s capital of perfume. It sounds marvelous, does it not? Jean-Jacques’s poetry expresses the emotional depth and breadth of the human experience. Join me as I explore the theme of friendship through the voice and words of poetry by Jean-Jacques Fournier I’m your host, Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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August 6, 2019
The Power of Listening
Episode 22: The Power of Listening  Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia! Thank you for listening in on Episode 22 of the Tea Toast & Trivia podcast conversation. I am joined by my sister, Sarah, and my mother, Frances, as we discuss the power of listening. How do we engage our sense of hearing to influence communities, both local and global? So put the kettle on and join in the conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.   Thank you to all those who have joined the podcast conversation and blog, Tea Toast & Trivia! When I first started to blog, and now podcast, I thought it was all about writing and commenting. Over the months, I have come understand that it is more about listening to the voices in the community.  Listening is dynamic, not static.  It is a powerful activity that can influence outcomes and institute radical change. Speaking and writing can only take us part of the way.  Listening is the dimension where next steps are formulated. Each voice is extraordinary, but when combined in a choir, there is a symphony of elegant and beautiful possibilities.  A last thought come from Ernest Hemingway: “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.  Most people never listen.”
09:55
August 4, 2019
Tea With Poet Mario de Andrade
Episode 21: Tea With Poet Mario de Andrade Welcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia. This is the third podcast of the series called,  “It’s all about tea.” So put the kettle on and join me in discussing the mysteries and adventures of tea: their origins, myths, aromas and delicious tastes.  Today, we are heading to Brazil to meet up with the Mário de Andrade, Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian,  photographer and one of the founders of Brazilian modernism My name is Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
10:41
July 28, 2019
The Importance of Being Important
Episode 20: The Importance of Being Important Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.  It is important to be important?  I am joined by my sister, Sarah and my mother Frances as we consider how we give value to ourselves and to others.  Are you important? Am I important? How do we define importance? So put the kettle on and listen in as we take on this, dare I say, important topic. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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July 21, 2019
It’s About Time
Episode 19:  It's About Time Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.  The conversation today is about time.  I am joined by my sister, Sarah and my mother, Frances as we consider the gift of time. How do we honour the moments that have been given? What tools can we use to achieve the best possible outcome for living a full and productive life. So put the kettle on and listen in as we discuss the exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking, to-do lists, day planners, and time management tools. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.  One last thought on "time" comes from the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who lived in Ephesus from 535 BCE to 473 BCE.  “Time is a game played beautifully by children.”  May we remember that our time belongs to us. Let us open this gift with the exuberance of a child. Until next time, safe travels.
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July 14, 2019
In the Chicken Coop
Episode 18:  In the Chicken Coop Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, – wherever you are, thank you for listening in. The United Nations designated the year 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).  This year, on May 29, 2019, the United Nations launched  the Decade of Family Farming from 2019 – 2028.  My mother, Frances, was a farmer’s daughter.  She knows first-hand the importance of family farming to provide food on the table. So put the kettle on and listen in as Frances and I look back on farming in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
13:46
July 10, 2019
Dancing with Daffodils
Episode 17: Dancing with Daffodils. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia Good morning, Good Afternoon Good Evening – wherever you are, thank you for listening in and joining the podcast conversation. Today, I’m taking poetry with my tea. Poetry is necessary.  It is an intense, emotional language that speaks to our spirit, to our deep need for understanding and belonging.  We respond to the sounds, symbolism, rhythm of poetic language. Poetry gives us the confidence to explore our fast-paced dynamic world. So put the kettle on and join me as we meet up with William Wordsworth. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
06:29
July 2, 2019
Conversations with Frances
Episode 16: Conversations with Frances  Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, – wherever you are, thank you for listening in.  Your presence is truly appreciated. All of us have a story to tell.  Our lives are full of drama, celebrations, joys, sorrows – even a little mystery, intrigue, and magic are sprinkled on some of the more mundane moments My mother, Frances was my first storyteller.  Over the years we have shared many narratives. So put the kettle on and listen in as mom and I look back on – Well, I’ll let you find out for yourself. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you
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June 28, 2019
Celebrating Leonardo
Episode 15: Celebrating Leonardo Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.  Thank you for listening in… Today, I want to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary by looking beyond his list of great things accomplished, his titles of polymath, universal genius, renaissance man. Who was Leonardo, the person?  What did he eat? What did he wear?  What music did he hear? Who were his friends? So put the kettle on and join me as I look back on a remarkable life.  A life that was set in a remarkable age and continues to have a remarkable influence on our current reality. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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June 13, 2019
A Ghost Story
Episode 14: A Ghost Story. Do you believe in Ghosts?  Even the most ardent doubter listens spellbound to  a great ghost story.  We shudder in fear and then try to laugh off the nagging fear that maybe there is something to the spooky narrative. For those who have seen a ghost - well, ghosts are real to them for they have experienced the explainable. They have apparently joined the chosen few who have encountered an invisible world that at times, seems to intersect our reality.   Scientists generally agree that ghosts do not exist and yet they cannot disprove their existence. So, the ghost hunters continue their explorations.  It seems that deep in our DNA we have links to our ancient past and pre-literate cultures, who believed that ghosts do walk abroad.  Closer to home, think of Marley’s ghost  and the opening lines in “A Christmas Carol.” “Marley was dead to begin with.  There is no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Every family a ghost story.  Listen in as my mother and I tell you ours.
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May 25, 2019
Telling Our Stories
Episode 13: Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia! Today is Storytelling time. We love narratives.  We read novels, watch movies, attend theatre productions  and follow  television miniseries. Why? To find a story, to share the joys, hopes, challenges that will lead to a happily ever after conclusion. How do we tell our story? So put the kettle on and  join Sarah, Frances and me as we discuss the importance of sharing our personal narratives.  I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. We encourage you to share your story. As Mary Oliver once wrote, “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
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May 9, 2019
Tea & Oranges
Episode 12: Tea & Oranges Welcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia. This is the second podcast in the series called,  “It’s all about tea.” So put the kettle on and join me for Tea, Toast and Trivia, where we will discuss the mysteries and adventures of tea: their origins, myths, aromas and delicious tastes. My name is Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. 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 also was a nod to my favourite young Canadian poet, Leonard Cohen.  Do you remember this... “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, 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.” The legend behind Constant Comment adds to the enjoyment of taking tea.  Listen in to the narrative of two women who changed the course of tea history. 
08:27
May 4, 2019
It's About Fashion
Episode 11: The conversation today is about fashion. I am joined by my sister, Sarah and my mother Frances as we look back on how fashion has shaped our personal understanding of elegance, beauty, trends and sustainability.   So put the kettle on and listen in as we discuss sewing machines, patterns, gloves, hats and more. I am your host, Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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April 27, 2019
Celebrating Books
Episode 10: Today is World Book Day, a celebration that has been in place since April 23, 1995. UNESCO chose the date carefully. In the past, Spanish tradition sets aside April 23rd as “The Rose Day” when friends and family exchange roses, however in 1926 there was a transition to exchanging books to commemorate the passing of renowned Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes, who passed on April 22, 1616. April 23rd also remembers William Shakespeare’s anniversary of his death 1616. Two great authors who died a day apart, inspire us today to treasure books - not by placing them carefully behind book cases with glass doors, but by reading them cover to cover, again and again. Words carry ideas and ideas transform the way we think, live and engage within a wider community.
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April 24, 2019
April 13, 1742
Episode 9: On April 14, 2019, The Sun Run encompassed the Vancouver weekend scene. It is a wonderful event. Participants, both runners and walkers, embarked on a scenic course that runs through Stanley Park, the downtown corridors of Burrard and Georgia before heading over Cambie Street Bridge to the finish line. It was a celebration and testament to months of physical preparation and long hours of planning. Live music filled the streets and added to the high spirits.  What passed by unnoticed in all of excitement of the Sun Run, was an anniversary of another well-known event that happened on April 13, 1742 at the Fishamble Street Musick Hall in Dublin. That night, the world was given a gift of music that continues to captivate audiences to this day. Oh, to be in that first audience of 700. It was a packed crowd. Men left their swords at home and women agreed to wear dresses without hoops to make room for other concert goers.  
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April 20, 2019
It's All About Tea
Episode 8:  Welcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia. This episode is the first of the series called, “It’s all about tea.” So put the kettle on and join me for Tea, Toast and Trivia, where we will discuss the mysteries and adventures of tea: their origins, myths, aromas and fragrant tastes. I’m making a special cup of tea today.  And it all started about a week ago, when I happened to meet a friend on the street.  It was early morning and the flow of traffic was in progress. He was on his way to work, carrying a thermal coffee carafe. “Enjoy your coffee,” I said as we parted company. “Oh no, not coffee” he said. "Mornings are about tea and this is a tea that very few people dare to drink.” What tea would be that formidable?  The answer is in the podcast.
05:35
April 12, 2019
Homecoming
Episode 7: I  walk with crows that share the pathway along the Vancouver Seawall. While they guard their territory with a proprietary determination, they have come to recognize my presence and agree to pose for my camera. I look forward to our conversations, and suspect that I am at the greater disadvantage. They seem to understand my language more than I do theirs. Even within our age of technology, we have a deep need to connect with our earth and fellow creatures.  There is a bond between us. That is, the need for community and belonging. We seek the company of those we love and feel a kindred bond. Just as the crows gather in the fading light of a April evening, we look forward to the shelter and safety of homecoming. 
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April 7, 2019
The One Room Schoolhouse
Thank you for joining my mom, Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.  The One Room Schoolhouse is the first in a series of podcasts that look back on a time that will never be again. I am reminded by the words of Søren Kierkegaard who wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  Conversations with my mother allow me to explore knowledge transfer from one generation to the other.  Your visit and presence are very much appreciated.  Until next time, safe travels.
09:20
April 3, 2019
Happy Birthday, Vincent
Today is Vincent Van Gogh’s 166 Birthday. While he was relatively unknown in his lifetime, he is one of the most beloved artists of our time.  In today’s world, Vincent van Gogh’s artworks rank with the most expensive paintings to have ever sold at auction.  Even so, his legacy is more poignant and profound. Vincent van Gogh’s greatest gift is found in his thoughtful and reverent understanding of humanity’s need to feel complete, to be at peace within nature, to experience and share a deeply felt love that transforms our lives and those around us. “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” Vincent Van Gogh
05:42
March 31, 2019
Fish & the Gutter Lasses
Join me as I travel across the ocean to Shetland, where the fresh sea air and rugged landscape captures the spirit of the adventurous souls. Shetland is in the northern region of the United Kingdom just above the Orkney Islands. There are many stories held safe in Shetland’s complex geology of faults and fold axes, metamorphic rocks, granite intrusions and the assemblage of rocks called “the Old Red Sandstone.”  The 1840’s onward were marked by the booming herring industry that propelled Shetland to the pinnacle of Europe’s go-to place for herring. Unst was at the centre of the hubbub. This small island became a vital Herring port - a powerhouse of employment opportunities.    Men would bring in the fish. But a workforce was needed to gut the fish and ready them for market.  It was brave, hardworking women who responded.  They were called Gutter Lasses.
06:44
March 25, 2019
Are We Artists?
Episode 3: Let’s talk about artists.  Are you an artist? Am I an artist? Most of us, if asked, “are you an artist?” would hesitate to answer “yes.”    After all, that label applies to the great ones:  Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cassatt, Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and the list goes on. Do we dare compare ourselves to that brilliant assembly? How do we define art, talent, beauty, if we do not have some form of creativity within ourselves? 
05:18
March 19, 2019
Building Community with Sarah Ahmadi
Episode 2: Join the conversation with Sarah Ahmadi sharing her insights on building a compassionate community.
11:52
March 16, 2019
Freedom in the Delay
Episode 1: Join the first podcast of Tea Toast & Trivia. Rebecca Budd discusses procrastination - viewed a different way.
05:06
March 11, 2019
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