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Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

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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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
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 for joining Michelle and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. You can connect with Michelle on LinkedIn and Twitter. Until next time we meet, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Music by: Trabant 33 "Dreams of the Brave"  Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/zhMobBG9tX/
16:42
August 08, 2022
Dan Antion Reading “Knuckleheads: Book 1 in the Dreamer’s Alliance Series
S4 E32: Dan Antion Reading “Knuckleheads: Book 1 in the Dreamer’s Alliance Series” Welcome to Tea. Toast. and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. 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 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 delighted that Dan Antion has joined me from Hartford Connecticut as our guest author reading from his freshly published book, “Knuckleheads, the first book in the Dreamer’s Alliance Series. This story introduces the main characters in this series, in which the next two books will follow in late summer and early winter 2022. Dan Antion was born outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up and attended college in the area around western Pennsylvania.   As many of you know, Dan has written and published the popular No Facilities blog since 2011. A lifelong interest in writing became a reality after he retired from a successful 42-year-long career in information management. This promises to be an exciting event so put the kettle and add to the conversation. Thank you for joining Dan Antion and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books. And a special thank you, Dan, for taking us on an adventure through your book Knuckleheads.  I have enjoyed reading Knuckleheads – Book 1 and look forward to the next two books that will soon to be available. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Dan on his blog, No Facilities, Amazon and Goodreads. Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Music by Bireli Snow "Lightweight" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/D6AkAa8fwM/ Music by Cody Francis "I remember Well" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/LhfEcq46IM/
20:28
August 01, 2022
Lily Style on the Love Story of Emma, Lady Hamilton & Lord Nelson
S4 E31: Lily Style on the Love Story of Emma, Lady Hamilton & Lord Nelson Lily Style “Horatia’s Secret” Lady Hamilton, illuminated by the early evening sun, smiled radiantly. “Horatia, my darling, but you are doing so very well. You are walking all by yourself, and so far! Good Lord Nelson will be so proud when I tell him; and I am proud too! God bless you, my darling!  Come here and give me a hug.’ She held her arms wide, encouraging her to toddle further, but caught her as soon as she stumbled, and drew her in close. “Oh, you are such a clever, and very good girl!’” 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. Lily Style, writer, historian, and genealogist, and I are once again connecting the village of South Brent in Devon, Britain and Vancouver, Canada to discuss the remarkable life and legacy of Emma, Lady Hamilton, the great love of Admiral Lord Nelson. Lily is the direct descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson and Emma, Lady 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. And I understand that she is currently writing her next novel, The Tailor Prince. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia. A special thank you, Lily for sharing your insights, your dedication to discovering the stories that have been hidden in the folds of history. Listeners, thank you for joining Lily and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. I invite you to connect with Lily on her website, Lily Style,  on Amazon,  Goodreads, and Emma Hamilton Society. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe wherever your adventures take you. Music by Trevor Kowalski "Uphill Aspiration" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/E8U9IUJtfs/
21:42
July 25, 2022
Valerie Peachey on Time and What is Next is Now
S4 E30:  Valerie Peachey on Time and What is Next is Now Søren Kierkegaard “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” 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. Oxford Languages defines the word “time” as the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.  The idea of travel through space and time.   It can also be described as a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon. And that is only the beginning, for there are many meanings embedded in this 4-letter word. I am delighted that Dr. Valerie Peachey has joined me on Tea Toast and Trivia to share her insights on our relationship with time throughout our lives.  Valerie has lived many adventures and continues to add new adventures to her life story.  So put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. A special thank you, Valerie, for sharing your insights on living in the “now,” embracing our personal adventures, welcoming new challenges, pursuing new sources of meaning and ways in which to give back to our communities both local and global. Listeners, thank you for joining Valerie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  We would enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas on time and “what is next is now.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you. Music by Francis Well "The Garden Repertoire"  #EpidemicSound  https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/On6HBsHBxm/
20:59
July 18, 2022
Pete Springer Reading “They Call Me Mom”
S4 29: Pete Springer Reading “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. 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 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 thrilled to introduce Pete Springer who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from his book, They Call Me Mom. Pete is a former elementary school teacher (grades 2-6) in Eureka, California.  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. Thank you for joining Pete Springer and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books. And a special thank you, Pete , for giving us insight into They Call Me Mom. You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired readers and listeners to embrace a creative journey. I invite you to meet up with Pete on his blog, Pete Springer, Amazon and Goodreads. It is a place that celebrates the joy of learning. Until next time, dear friends, stay safe, be well. Music by Trailer Worx "History Among Us" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/xXxitkxwMU/
20:40
July 11, 2022
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 https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/zBn6lcut8W/
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