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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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Kim Mooney on Stories of Courage and Resilience
S4 E21: Kim Mooney on Stories of Courage and Resilience Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that my long-time friend, Kim Mooney has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to talk about her soon-to-be published second book, which is about profound stories of resilience and courage. Kim has a degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in leadership. Her career has been an eclectic one, moving between teaching and hospital administration and back to teaching.  She retired in 2018 after fifteen years of teaching at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  In addition to her academic responsibilities at Royal Roads, Kim ran a consulting practice for fifteen years. How can we learn from stories? How do we give honour to another person’s story? How do we connect with past stories and how do we create stories for those who come after us?  These are the questions that we will be discussing today. Thank you for joining Kim and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Kim’s first book, “Hidden Daughter, Secret Sister” is available on Amazon. I am looking forward reading Kim’s second book which will be coming soon. A special thank you, Kim, for sharing your profound and valuable insight into the need to tell our story and to hear and learn from the stories of others.  As always, your candour and compassion come together to encourage a deeper appreciation and recognition of what it means to live with joy and enthusiasm. I invite you to meet up with Kim on her website Kim Mooney and on Goodreads.  I know that you will be inspired by Kim’s journey. Until next time we meet, dear friends, stay safe, be well. Music by Howard Harper-Barnes "Always Remembering" #EpidemicSound www.epidemicsound.com/track/5jqnwMlYmO/
20:40
May 16, 2022
Dave Astor on Misty’s Adventures
Season 4 Episode 20: Dave Astor on Misty’s Adventures Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Neil Gaiman wrote, “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” Cats are mysterious creatures that charm us with their antics and comfort us with their soft purring.  I read that petting a cat helps us to meditate and causes a release of oxytocin, which has been found to increase our emotional perception. But do we truly understand them?  They retain remarkable control over their lives, coming and going as their please.   There are many books that will help you connect with cats, some promising techniques to train and learn cat language. But I have another source of expertise. Today, I am republishing Misty’s Adventures on Tea Toast & Trivia. Dave Astor and Misty are a dynamic duo. Together, they provide insight on the strong and vibrant relationship humans have with these amazing creatures. Dave Astor and I are once again bridging the 3,923 kilometers between New Jersey and Vancouver to bring you the first podcast in the Misty series.  Every morning, without fail, my mother, Frances, and I meet up via Facebook with Misty and Dave on their adventures. This morning, when we went into the woods, Misty advised that he thought that theatrical productions may be coming back. Misty is a futurist, making brilliant predictions about the future based on current trends. Thank you for joining Dave, Misty, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Dave and Misty, for sharing your stories. My daily walks with Misty and Dave continue to inspire me. Misty’s wisdom and Dave’s humour is a compelling combination.  You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading and excellent conversations waiting for your arrival on his blog. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Craig Reever "Shine a Little" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/VdKuZX2P9r/
16:53
May 09, 2022
On Location Victoria British Columbia - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park-Audio Version
S4 E19: On Location Victoria British Columbia - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park (audio version) Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast hosted by Rebecca Budd On Location, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Part Victoria, British Columbia. Passages from Emily Carr’s Autobiography “Growing Pains” Public Domain (Canada)Voice and photography by Rebecca Budd Music by #EpidemicSound 1) Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen “End of an Era” www.epidemicsound.com/track/dgEeXjlQge/ 2) Howard Harper-Barnes “A Leaf Falls” www.epidemicsound.com/track/vCliROg8VZ/ 3) Johannes Bornlof “I Will Love You To The End” www.epidemicsound.com/track/VAhZ2EgIiq/ 4) Howard Harper-Barnes “No One Else on Earth” www.epidemicsound.com/track/722bbcNU24/
09:32
May 03, 2022
On Location Victoria British Columbia - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park
S4 E19: On Location Victoria British Columbia  - Emily Carr, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Park Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast hosted by Rebecca Budd On Location, James Bay Inn and Beacon Hill Part Victoria, British Columbia. Passages from Emily Carr’s Autobiography “Growing Pains” Public Domain (Canada)Voice and photography by Rebecca Budd Music by #EpidemicSound 1) Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen  “End of an Era” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/dgEeXjlQge/ 2) Howard Harper-Barnes “A Leaf Falls” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/vCliROg8VZ/ 3) Johannes Bornlof “I Will Love You To The End” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/VAhZ2EgIiq/ 4) Howard Harper-Barnes “No One Else on Earth” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/722bbcNU24/
09:32
May 03, 2022
Sarah McBurnie on the Stories of Shetland
S4 E18: Sarah McBurnie on the Stories of Shetland “You must never call it the Shetlands. Islanders are proud and can be prickly about the name: it’s either Shetland or the Shetland Islands.” Anne Cleeves Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Unst to meet up with my dear friend, Sarah McBurnie who was our guide on our 2018 Shetland adventures. Sarah conducts exclusive guided tours with personalized itineraries for visitors to Shetland from all over the world.  We came as visitors to experience this amazing place and left as friends, thanks to Sarah and the many people we met along the journey through the Shetland Islands. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Sarah and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Sarah, for sharing the stories, the history, and myths of Shetland.   You were an excellent guide on our visit and I’m looking forward to meeting up with you again on Tea Toast and Trivia. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Sarah on her website, See Shetland. You are only an internet click away from a remarkable adventure that will take you from birdwatching, archaeology to the celebration of Up Helly-Aa. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Kikoru “Cloud Over Mountain” #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/EbaDeotpAO/
23:45
April 25, 2022
Pete Springer on Embracing Life-Long Learning
Season 4 Episode 17: Pete Springer on Embracing Life-Long Learning ”When I think about why I decided to become a teacher in the first place, I believe it primarily was because of the role models who were/are in my life.” Pete Springer, from his book, “They Call Me Mom" Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Eureka, California where I am meeting up with writer, teacher, and mentor, Pete Springer. Pete is a former elementary school teacher (grades 2-6) in Eureka, CA.  He said that he retired in 2016, but from what I have read, he is far from retired.  His passion will always lie with supporting education, kids, and teachers, which is demonstrated by his dedication to lifelong learning. What is lifelong learning?  When does this journey begin and how is it nourished throughout our stages of life?  How do we inspire others to embrace the joy of learning?  These are the questions that will be discussed today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Pete and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Pete, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your passion for supporting education, kids, and teachers. Your dedication to promoting the teaching profession and lifelong learning inspires us all to explore learning at whatever age we find ourselves in. I want to add this thought that is found in “They Call Me Mom” – If there were one thing that I wish my readers would glean from my thoughts on education, it would be to understand what a profound influence that a teacher can have on his/her students. You are inspiring and empowering the next generation.” Listeners, I invite you to connect with Pete on his website, Pete Springer and  Amazon Author Page. It is a place that celebrates the joy of learning. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by More Than Family "At the Farm"  #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/f1F3Bq5ekA/
23:59
April 18, 2022
Lily Style on Horatia’s Secret and Bringing the Past Alive in Stories
S4 E16: Lily Style on Horatia’s Secret and Bringing the Past Alive in Stories “Horatia Nelson Ward has a terrible secret. She is the illegitimate daughter of British hero Admiral Lord Nelson, while her mother is the despised Lady Hamilton. And if she claims her heritage to redeem herself, she’ll ruin her children. Her silence is tearing her apart. Concerned loved ones coax her to disclose. But a sixty-year-old promise of silence seems impossible to break.” Lily Style “Horatia’s Secret” Welcome to Tea. Toast. and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am excited that Lily Style, writer, historian, and genealogist, and I are connecting the village of South Brent in Devon, Britain and Vancouver, Canada to discuss the remarkable life and legacy of Emma Hamilton, the great love of Admiral Lord Nelson. Lily is the direct descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton.  She explores the past to piece together the real human stories lying behind dry facts. She writes regularly for Nelson-related publications. Horatia’s Secret is her first historical novel. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Lily and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Lily for sharing your insights, your dedication to discovering the stories that have been hidden in the folds of history.  It has been a privilege to connect with you and I look forward to reading Horatia’s Secret. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Lily on her website, Lily Style,  on Amazon,  Goodreads, Facebook, and Emma Hamilton Society. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
26:07
April 11, 2022
Paul Andruss on Writing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
S4 E15: Paul Andruss on Writing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Welcome to Tea Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am heading across the ocean to Wales, that beautiful country full of magic, mystery, music, and great writers. I am excited to reconnect with one of those writers – Paul Andruss. Paul is the author of the Young Adult magical realism trilogy, the Jack Hughes Books, and the forthcoming (very adult) Finn Mac Cool – a mythological saga. He has also written several short stories and novellas. Over the past several months, Paul and I have been exploring the evolution of writing. What will the future bring in a world where different artistic disciplines are blurring: books to movies and the advent of gaming. How will different creative disciplines merge and cross over?  Or are they bounded by the current product format? These are the questions that will be discussed today. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for sharing this moment with Paul and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. I invite your to meet up with Paul on Goodreads and on his website, Jack Hughes Books.  You are only an internet click away from a daring and exciting adventure. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by David Celeste "Catharsis" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/7Y8Il1GyZs/
19:29
April 04, 2022
Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund
S4 E14: Traveling to The Erzgebirge with H.S. Eglund Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Living in the reality of Covid-19, travel has been curtailed, internationally as well as domestically.   While travel is coming back slowly, there are places that I will never visit in my lifetime.   Over the past months, I have found that travel is possible through the alchemy of technology. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia – “The Virtual Journey” which will explore new horizons through the eyes of a friend.  As Marcel Proust reminds me, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I am thrilled that H.S. Eglund has invited us to travel with him to The Erzgebirge, The Ore Mountain. I understand that there may be some time travel involved back to the Bronze age. Eglund is an engineer, writer, journalist, and publicist. He worked as a science journalist and reporter in Africa for several German newspapers.  Since 2005, his focus has been on the environmental initiatives. As a specialist journalist for renewable energies, he works within media related to the ecological energy transition, first of all about solar energy Time to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you. Thank you to you, Eglund, for an amazing travel adventure in The Erzgebirge.  I felt I was there in reality. You brought history alive in this conversation. Dear listeners, thank you for joining Eglund and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Stay tuned for Eglund’s return for another stimulating conversation. Until next time keep safe and be well. Music by Bonn Fields "Can You See The Stars From Here" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/h35mpxlwTx/
23:55
March 28, 2022
Martina Ramsauer on Adventures in Life-Long Learning
S4 E13: Martina Ramsauer on Adventures in Life-Long Learning Martina Ramsauer“Learning should be a joy and full of excitement. It is life’s greatest adventure; it is an illustrated excursion into the mind of the noble and the minds of the noble and the learned.” Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that my dear friend Martina Ramsauer from Rivella49’s Blog and I are connecting Ticino, Switzerland and Vancouver Canada to discuss travel, lifelong learning and the power of language. Martina believes that the most important adventure in life is learning. She combines travel experiences with the knowledge of language.  Her community is global, a consequence from her dedication to language studies. Why should we learn a new language? What is involved in language studies?  Where do we begin? These are the questions that will be discussed today. Thank you for joining Martina and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Martina, for sharing your love of learning, of travel, of connecting with other cultures through language. You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to embrace the challenge of learning throughout our lives. I invite you to meet up with Martina on her blog:  Rivella49’s Blog, a place that welcomes us all to engage in life-affirming conversation.  Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Trevor Kowalski “Coastal Romantique” Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/wFFggpwhwq/
15:56
March 21, 2022
Shetland, Herring and the Gutter Lasses
S4 E12: Shetland, Herring & The Gutter Lasses Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia! Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Storytelling has been with us since ancient times beginning as an oral tradition.  When writing arrived, these oral stories would find new homes in stone, papyrus, and parchment. Found in every culture and civilization, stories have taken on the form of epic poems, chants, rhymes, and song.  It is one generation gifting their knowledge and wisdom to the next generation. My story looks back to the turn of the nineteenth century as told by the good people of the Unst Boat Haven. The gutter lasses have faded into history, but their story remains ever vibrant, a reminder that we are at our best when we build a community based on friendship and common purpose.  This then is the essence of belonging, to be affiliated with and accepted by others within a group.  To work together in difficult times, to share joys and sorrows, to show respect, to encourage and support each other in our personal journeys and aspirations. Thank you for travelling back into the history of Shetland. I invite you to listen to the Song of the Fishgutters as we remember a time past. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
12:22
March 15, 2022
Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva on Building Deeper Connections Through Art
S4 E11: Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva on Building Deeper Connections Through Art Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva “I learned to share silences, paying attention to things that I did not understand, and there was no chance to ask, but just being there was enough to enjoy it. This was deeper than any words I wished to use. Life was suddenly filled with humble adventures. Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.  I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am beyond thrilled that I am travelling virtually to Los Angeles where I am meeting up with Argentine artist, Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva Since 2004, Graciela has been developing images for graphic design, animation, videogames, comics, and toys. She has always felt comfortable expressing things through characters. She says that drawing is like breathing. One day she decided to go out and draw on the streets, and she has never stopped. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Graciela and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Graciela, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your connection to the world through your artwork. Your dedication to building compassionate communities through artistic endeavours wherever you go inspires me and all those who have the privilege of meeting up with you. Listeners, I invite you to connect with Graciela on her website, Animalitoland and Instagram . Music by Emily Rubye "Finding Rain" Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/LcXQhHd2MT/
34:20
March 08, 2022
Marcelle Glock, Ceramist on The Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition Part 2
Season 4 Episode 10: Marcelle Glock on The Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition Part 2 Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you Today, I am heading back to Mudge Island, located within the scenic Gulf Islands, between Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island.   Marcelle Glock, ceramist, and I are continuing the discussion on the wood fired ceramic tradition. You will recall that Marcelle’s pottery and sculptures sit in private collections around the world. Her artwork encompasses stoneware, raku, and local wild terra-cotta.  Marcelle forms clay into extraordinary artworks – from functional to sculptural, wearable and oracle.  She imbues each piece with a primal reverence toward the natural world. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Marcelle, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your connection to nature through the medium of clay.  Your continued awareness, respect and reverence for your art and the medium in which you work inspires me.  I know that you have encouraged listeners to recognize artistic endeavour is a calling and a responsibility Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Marcelle on her website, Mad Mudslinger on Instagram  and YouTube. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Music by Ryan Freeman "Just Spend Time"  #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/uu2jL8Mqaa/
19:49
February 28, 2022
Stephanie Ladouceur on Staying the Course
S4 E9:   Stephanie Ladouceur on Staying the Course  Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. We live in a world that demands our time and energy.  These are precious and scarce resources.  There is only so much time and we have only so much energy.   Time to check in with my wellness coach, Stephanie from Bold Moves, for an energy boast and a great conversation on coaching for health and fitness. So put the kettle on and add to our discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia.  I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Stephanie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  A special shout-out to Stephanie who keeps me focused and inspired by her dedication and enthusiasm for health and fitness. One last thought comes from Winnie-the-Pooh: “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well! Music by Pastis "Enjoy Your Heartbreak (Instrumental Version) #Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/A2mcSsRSzx/
13:08
February 22, 2022
Irena Stropnik on Adventures in Hockey
Season 4 Episode 8: Irena Stropnik on Adventures in Hockey Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, I am delighted that my dear friend, Irena Stropnik, has joined Tea Toast & Trivia to bridge the 972 kilometers, between Calgary and Vancouver. If you are taking a road trip it would take 11 hours and 46 minutes via the Trans-Canada Highway.  I promise it would be an unforgettable, breathtaking journey for you would be traveling through the majestic Canadian Rockies. Irena and I will be discussing Hockey, which is defined as a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents’ goal with angled sticks. Hockey is one of the most popular sports in Canada. This will be an exciting discussion so put the kettle on and add to the conversation. Meet the Russian Babushkas Playing Ice Hockey Thank you for joining Irena and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Irena, for sharing your thoughts and experiences in playing hockey. As you noted, hockey is not an individual sport – it’s played as a team. Scoring goals in hockey is a team effort, regardless of who last touched the puck before it went in the net.  You continue to inspire me with your commitment to fostering a sense of belonging within a team environment. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Irena on LinkedIn. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well and be bold. Music and Sound Effects:  Epidemic Sound "Victory Theme" by Max Anson https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/AHXCbLjzRC/
25:23
February 14, 2022
Travelling to Cango Caves, South Africa with Roberta Eaton Cheadle
S4 E7: Travelling to Cango Caves, South Africa with Roberta Eaton Cheadle Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Living in the reality of Covid-19, travel has been curtailed, internationally as well as domestically. Even though travel is coming back slowly, there are places that I will never visit in my lifetime.   Over the past months, I have found that travel is possible through the alchemy of technology. Welcome to a new podcast series on Tea Toast & Trivia – “The Virtual Journey” which will explore new horizons through the eyes of a friend.  As Marcel Proust reminds me, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I am thrilled that Roberta Eaton Cheadle, aka Robbie, has invited me to South Africa, which is approximately 16,000 kilometres, as the crow flies, from Vancouver Canada.  I have crossed an ocean and entered the southern hemisphere. I invite you to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you. Thank you for joining Robbie and me on the first podcast in the series – “The Virtual Journey.” We have lived the experience of Cango Caves today, thanks to our gracious travel host, Robbie Cheadle! A very special thank you, Robbie, for sharing your amazing country. I invite you to meet up with Robbie on her blog, Roberta Writes, her Amazon Page,  Goodreads, Instagram,  and YouTube. Robbie has created a space where history comes alive with every page turned. Until next time, dear friends, stay safe, be well. Music by Epidemic Sound under Creator License Trevor Kowalski: Of All The Places We Could Go https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/0wLEYqh52F/ Trevor Kowalski: "The Best Way Out" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/PNtq1ar5HV/
23:24
February 08, 2022
Cary Hubbard on Cary’s Garage and the Project Z Car Revival
S4 E 6: Cary Hubbard on Cary’s Garage and the Project Car Revival “This channel is dedicated to my love of Vehicles. Cars, Truck, and Motorcycles. I love cars from all corners of the globe! I will review cars in my current collection and take you along as I work on them and get them fixed up.” Cary Hubbard, Cary’s Garage  Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. My father loved cars!  When I was a child, our family outings were to car dealerships and car expositions. With that in mind, you can imagine my excitement when Tim Price from Off Center & Not Even introduced me to Cary Hubbard from Cary’s Garage.  Cary joined me for a discussion about cars, trucks, cars, and more cars. On January 2nd, I tuned into Cary’s Garage YouTube channel for the first episode of Project Z Car Revival.  Cary picked up a 1980 Datsun 280ZX that he is going to get back on the road. This is going to be a great discussion so put the kettle on and stop by and add to the conversation. Thank you for joining Cary and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Cary, for sharing how you became involved with cars and the stories that are attached to each car that came into your life. I invite you to meet up with Cary on his YouTube Channel, Cary’s Garage. This channel is dedicated to Cary’s love of Vehicles. Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles. His cars come from all corners of the globe!  You are only an internet click away from being on an extraordinary road adventure with the Project Z Car Revival. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well. Epidemic Sound Music under Personal License Plain Strolls "Leave the Lights On" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/9oOwDuHvGF/
20:36
February 01, 2022
Shehanne Moore and Dave Astor on Reading the Classics
S4 E5:  Shehanne Moore and Dave Astor on Reading the Classics “A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans.” Italo Calvino, Why Read the Classics? Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Shehanne Moore from Dundee Scotland, and David Astor from Montclair, New Jersey have joined me in connecting three times zones within seconds to bring you a discussion on “What is a classic? Why should we read classics? And what classics should we read? Shehanne, also known as Shey, is a published author and publisher under Black Wolf Books, a small royalty paying publisher, presently taking submissions by invitation only. Dave Astor is an author, journalist, blogger, and writer of the award-winning weekly “Montclairvoyant” topical-humor column for Baristanet.com.  He is a National Society of Newspaper Columnists board member. Shey and Dave are avid readers and have great insights to share. This promises to be an exciting discussion so put the kettle on and on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Shey, Dave, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you, Shey and Dave for adding your insights on reading journeys that last a lifetime. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Shey on her website, Shehanne Moore.  You can follow Shey on Goodreads as well as Amazon at Shehanne Moore You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.  You can follow Dave on Goodreads as well as Amazon at Dave Astor I want to close with a quote from Dave’s book, Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: “Literature can send our minds to another time and place, allowing us to forget our lives and troubles for a few precious hours.  It can educate us about history, open our minds, increase our empathy, make us think, give us things to converse about, and/or provide plenty of excitement along with the escapism.” Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading, keep safe and be well.
21:36
January 25, 2022
Cathy Derksen on Navigating Transformation
S4 E4: Cathy Derksen on Navigating the Process of Transformation Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that Wealth and Success Coach, Cathy Derksen has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia for a discussion on how envisioning and planning are essential in navigating the process of personal transformation. Cathy is a four-time Amazon #1 best-selling author, coach, and mentor whose career is dedicated to helping women tap into their own greatness. She believes that we owe it to ourselves and each other to create lives that fill us with genuine joy.  How do we define success?  What benchmarks do we choose to measure success?  Does success lead to happiness and well-being?  These are the questions that we will explore today. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. Listeners, thank you for joining Cathy and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Cathy, for sharing your thoughts on how we can embrace the next chapter in our lives whether it be a career change, retirement, relationship shift, and lifestyle adjustment. You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to honour our dreams and move forward with confidence and, with compassion, within a world that needs creativity and innovative thinking. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Cathy on her website, Inspired Tenacity, and on LinkedIn. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well. Gift: 1: Personalized Roadmap to Reignite Your Life Free Assessment Gift 2: eBook: Reignite Your Life!  8 Strategies for Getting More Out of Your
28:17
January 17, 2022
Carol Taylor on Tasting Life and Celebrating Food
S4 E3: Carol Taylor on Tasting Life and Celebrating Food. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.  I am delighted and thrilled that my friend and food blogger, Carol Taylor and I are connecting Thailand and Canada to discuss food, travel, and celebrations. Carol is an amazing food blogger who shares authentic recipes and tips on how to shop local for fresh, natural ingredients.  As a strong advocate for our environment, Carol believes that we can all make a difference.  She says that change starts with us – from within ourselves and our homes.  I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.  Thank you for joining Carol and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Carol, for sharing your love food, celebration, community, and the environment.   You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to head back into the kitchen, to enjoy the goodness of food, and to take care of our world, our home. I invite you to meet up with Carol on her blog:  Retired? No one told me! It is a place that welcomes us to share a meal, taste life, and live respectfully with the environment.  Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well.
20:30
January 10, 2022
A Huge Thank You and Welcome to 2022
Season 4 Episode 2: A Huge Thank You and Welcome to 2022 A few weeks ago I received an invitation via e-mail from Anchor to upload video files via Anchor that will come through as a video on the Spotify platform. Your account has now been enabled for Video Podcasts. For step-by-step instructions on publishing your first Video Podcast episode, check out our how-to guide.” Technology continues to find ways in which to bring us together as a global community. Over the past months, we have learned to work, study, and connect within a virtual environment. I recall the exact moment when I pressed the publish button for my first blog post in 2010. I felt that same sense of anticipation and trepidation when I published my first podcast in 2019. And now, in 2022, I have accepted Anchor’s invitation to post a Video Podcast. The length is less than two minutes long. It is my thank you for your support and encouragement of life-affirming conversations. January is the month for beginnings! As Meister Eckhart once wrote: Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. When I upload this episode to Anchor, the episode will be sent to listening platforms which will be in audio format. The Video Podcast will only be available on Spotify. For those who do not follow TTT on Spotify, I have included the video in this post. Listeners can chose whether to listen to the audio or watch the video. Part of what makes Video Podcasts extra-special is that they can be viewed front-and-center or seamlessly switched to the background, for on-the-go listening. Welcome to 2022. Thank you for listening in and for sharing your stories. The adventure continues…
01:58
January 04, 2022
Happy New Year with Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer
Season 4 Episode 1:  Happy New Year with Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer Welcome to Tea, Toast, and Trivia! Thank you for listening in! Happy New Year! We have entered the Year 2022. I am your host, Rebecca Budd. Thank you for listening in to this special podcast to bid a fond farewell to 2021 and offer a warm hello to the incoming 2022, a new year of possibilities and opportunities. Liz Humphreys from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Elisabeth Van Der Meer from Porvoo, Finland have joined me today for a celebration of New Year traditions that bring us together as a global community. Happy New Year, Liz and Elisabeth! Exciting news coming to you on our next adventure that will take us back to Russia. Stay tuned for more information. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Liz, for your willingness to take on this massive project, #WarAndPeade2022, and for your invitation to once again enter the world of Russian Literature. Thank you, Elisabeth, for adding breadth and depth to our understanding.  I am looking forward to road ahead and to the many discussions that will come out of this Readalong. 2022 will be the year of Leo Tolstoy. Liz Humphreys has brought together an invaluable collection of resources that will add depth to our reading experience. Books, blog posts, and reading schedules are available and easily accessible at the following links. #WarAndPeace2022 – Related Resources #WarAndPeace2022 – Reading Schedule Thank you for joining Liz, Elisabeth, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.   You are invited guest on #WarAndPeace2022. As we part, I leave you with the words of Leo Tolstoy to speed you on your journey. “Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” You can connect with Liz on “Leaping Life” and Elisabeth on “A Russian Affair.”  You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
25:16
January 01, 2022
Is There A Santa Claus
Season 3 Episode 52:  Is There A Santa Claus? Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host, Rebecca Budd. I look forward to sharing this moment with you. December 24th Christmas Eve has arrived.  With the last-minute shopping completed, we ready our hearts for this special evening anticipated since the beginning of December.  All the plans have been made, the gifts have been wrapped and the baking completed. All of December has been in anticipation of Christmas Day.  And yet, as I look back, it was Christmas Eve that held the magic.  The lights of the Christmas tree flickered, spreading a warmth around us as we sipped hot chocolate and waited for Santa Claus to arrive. Is there a Santa Claus? There is reliable confirmation that dates to 1897, when eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote her famous letter. You may recall that it all began when Virginia asked her father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, whether there really was a Santa Claus.  Her father’s answer was brilliant.  Instead of responding himself, he suggested that she write direct to The Sun, one of New York’s most prominent newspapers at the time.  He assured her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Virginia received a response from veteran newsman, Francis Pharcellus Church, a lead editorial writer for the New York Sun. Francis Church, who had seen great suffering as a war correspondent during the American Civil War, was a known skeptic, hardened cynic who had little tolerance for superstitious beliefs.  And yet, he recognized the need for hope and faith in society.  Perhaps it is when we see sorrow and grief, we are more able to answer a call for affirmation in the goodness of life.  For that is what Virginia looked for when she asked whether there is a Santa Claus. More than a century later, the article written by Francis Church still maintains it standing as the most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. Join me as I read Francis Church’s most famous editorial written in 1897 – Is there a Santa Clause? Dear friends, may the joy of Christmas Eve surround you and yours, with love, warmth, and wonder.  Together, may we embrace hope and expectation as we enter a new year. From our house to yours, A Merry Christmas and all the very best of the Holiday Season. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well!
12:43
December 24, 2021
Sarah, Angela & The Art of Reading Books
“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” Christina Rossetti Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. It happens to all of us. Some time in our life we come to know that we will never read all the books that are on our “to read” shelves. My sister, Sarah, hosts The Book Dialogue podcast, which records our unscripted discussions on the books we read, which is our way of expanding our reading compacity. Sarah is a voracious reader and I confess that I must run to keep up with her. The Book Dialogue podcast has been on a recent hiatus, while Sarah completed her MBA studies.  Good news, Sarah received her MBA with distinction.   And more good news is that The Book Dialogue will be back on schedule in 2022.    But in the meantime, I found an audio file that was long forgotten and never published. Sarah and I discuss Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, which answers the question: “Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? With Sarah’s permission, I am publishing this conversation on Tea Toast and Trivia. Sarah and I have different perspectives and we are very interested in hearing what you think.  So put the kettle on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Sarah, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Books have the awesome power to transform, engage and inspire. Looking forward to seeing you on The Book Dialogue in 2022. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading and be well!
19:41
December 21, 2021
Debby Gies on Being an Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist
Season 3 Episode 50: Debby Gies on Being an Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted that blogger and non-fiction writer, Debby Gies and I are connecting Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. Debby is a Canadian author, writing under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. Her intent is to inspire others by sharing her stories about events she has encountered, and the lessons that have come along with them. Debby is an empathetic fashionista and shopper extraordinaire who loves to laugh. She is an eclectic memoirist and conversationalist who writes to empower by sharing slices of life.  Her blog is a wide-ranging mix of randomness, where you will find anything from writing tips to tales from the past, to travel tips, book reviews, and author interviews. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Debby and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Debby, for sharing your insights on living life in the now, with humour and expectation.   You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired readers and listeners to head into the unknown with courage and determination. I invite you to meet up with Debby on her blog, D.G. Kaye Writer.com , on her Amazon Page and on Goodreads.  It is a place that welcomes profound conversations that reminds us to Live, Love, Laugh and Breathe. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading and be well.
23:47
December 13, 2021
Liz Humphreys, Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Mandy Henderson on Farewell to the #KaramazovReadalong and Welcome #WarAndPeace2022
S3E49: Liz Humphreys, Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Mandy Henderson on Farewell to the #KaramazovReadalong and Welcome #WarAndPeace2022 Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. The #KaramazovReadalong has reached the end of the journey which started on August 27, 2021. Today, we are saying a farewell to The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Liz Humphreys from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Elisabeth Van Der Meer from Porvoo, Finland have joined me to look back on what we have learned and look forward to what may come. We have a special guest, Mandy Henderson, from Christchurch, New Zealand who has come to join the farewell celebration. This is the first time we have linked four time zones on Tea Toast & Trivia. A special thank you to Don, the techie behind the scenes. You may recall that a few months ago, I received an invitation from my blogger friend and book aficionado, Liz Humphreys to join her on a readalong of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  This readalong was to coincide with the 200th year anniversary of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s birth. The stars aligned when Elisabeth Van Der Meer, from A Russian Affair, agreed to join the party. What have we learned? What are the takeaways that will stay with us? What comes next? These are the questions that will be discussed today. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Liz, Elisabeth, Mandy and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Liz, for your willingness to take on this massive project and for your invitation to enter the world of Russian Literature. Thank you, Elisabeth, for adding breadth and depth to our understanding. Thank you, Mandy for joining the #KaramazovReadalong. Listeners, you can connect with Liz on “Leaping Life,” Elisabeth on “A Russian Affair,” and Mandy on  “Silkannthreades” You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading, and be well.
29:49
December 06, 2021
Yvonne Thevenot on Mentorship Within a Changing Global World
S3 E48: Yvonne Thevenot on Mentorship Within a Changing Global World Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am delighted and thrilled that my friend and Business Strategist, Yvonne Thevenot and I are connecting Toronto and Vancouver to discuss change management and mentorship within an evolving business world that spans the globe. Yvonne is a certified change expert and business transformation specialist who employs a client-focused, and people-centric approach to strategic change.  As an executive mentor and thought partner, she creates a space that invites a rich and fulfilling dialogue. She is a passionate change agent whose work creates more confident and capable employees. Her goal is to foster a creative and innovative spirit vital to thrive within a dynamic environment I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Yvonne and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Yvonne, for sharing your thoughts on mentorship, change management and work/life balance.   You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired others to participate confidently, with compassion, within a world that needs creativity and innovative thinking. Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Yvonne on her on LinkedIn. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
31:36
November 29, 2021
Margaret Lindsay Holton On Listening, Repeating, Inventing, Creating
Season 3 Episode 47:  Margaret Lindsay Holton on Listening, Repeating, Inventing, Creating ‘Write because you must — respect your body and your brain. Listen carefully. Music helps. Repeat slowly. Then, riff. Invent. Create. Keep trying. Give and Take. Engage. Flow. Grow. And Go.’ Margaret Lindsay Holton Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am beyond thrilled that I am travelling virtually to the southern shore of Lake Ontario where I will meet up with Canadian Artist & Author: Margaret Lindsay Holton MLH) at her fabulous ‘open-loft’ 2-storey studio on the Lake Ontario waterfront Lindsay is a self-taught, born and bred Canadian artist, author, and filmmaker from Southern Ontario. She was voted ‘Arts Person of the Year’ by City of Burlington’s BEST Committee in May 2017, and an ‘Alumni of Influence’ by the University of Toronto in 2018. Thank you for sharing this moment with Lindsay and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.  And a very special thank you Lindsay for sharing our knowledge and experience. I want to end with these words from your introduction to Sticks & Stones: "It is my hope that these tales will stimulate greater interest in the reader’s own reading and thinking.  I am also sharing them to those in the middle of their love affair with thought and language in the hope that the stories will nurture their own developing thought processes and evolving perceptions." Listeners, you can connect with Lindsay on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and her blog canadadaPHOTOGRAPHY.  It is a place that welcomes profound and rewarding conversations. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading, keep safe and be well.
19:11
November 23, 2021
Jean-Jacques Fournier on Poetic Interest, Inspiration and Evolution
Season 3 Episode 46: Jean-Jacques Fournier on Poetic Interest, Inspiration and Evolution 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 dear friend and poet, Jean-Jacques Fournier, is with me today to share insights on the publication of his 17th book of poems, Poetry in Brief – a day in a life –.  This collection of short poems comes in a pocket-size-book edition and an e-book version. In a recent e-mail discussion, Jean-Jacques wrote these words: “You asking me about my poetic interest, inspiration and its evolution, etc., that instilled the need for me to write in this medium. These are things I haven’t profoundly thought about in years. Despite the adage of old memories being more readily available than newer ones, as we get older, regardless one must awaken the possessive demons that try to prevent memory’s disclosures.” Jean-Jacques started writing in earnest while living in California in the early eighties. In France, he published his first three books.  But his journey started in Quebec, Canada.  Today, we will be exploring how personal history and experiences influence our creativity. This promises to be an exciting conversation so put the kettle on and stop by Tea Toast & Trivia to join the discussion. Jean-Jacques’s poetry expresses the emotional depth and breadth of the human experience.  I am pleased to announce that his eighteenth book of poetry has just been published, entitled, Poetry in Brief – A Blissful Silence. Jean-Jacques graciously provided the first poem in this collection. A Blissful Silence A scarcity you’ll say May not be far wrong, So best find a way For this worthy song, Tho as fool’s delay Shan’t likely resound, In poet’s verse grey For be a taste of bliss, That none can deny Like the pleasure of a kiss, Bears a blissful silence Wants bid serenity persists!     written in Sweetsburg                         © Jean-Jacques Fournier                                                                            July 7, 2021 edit September 21, 2021 Thank you for joining Jean-Jacques and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Jean-Jacques, for sharing your insights on poetry and how our personal journeys influence our creative spirit. Dear friends, I invite you to meet up with Jean-Jacques on his blog Poetry on a Canapé, a place that celebrates words and encourages profound reflections. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
15:46
November 16, 2021
Marcelle Glock, Ceramist on the Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition
S3 E45: Marcelle Glock, Ceramist on the Wood Fired Ceramic Tradition Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Today, I am heading over to Mudge Island, located within the scenic Gulf Islands, between Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island.   I am delighted and thrilled to meet up with Marcelle Glock, Ceramist to discuss the wood fired ceramic tradition. Marcelle is a remarkable artist. Her pottery and sculptures sit in private collections around the world. Her artwork encompasses stoneware, raku, and local wild terra-cotta.  Marcelle forms clay into extraordinary artworks – from functional to sculptural, wearable and oracle.  She imbues each piece with a primal reverence toward the natural world. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Marcelle and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. This conversation has been pure magic, Marcelle. I cannot believe that we have been talking for over two hours and it feels like twenty minutes. Listeners, thank you for joining Marcelle and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. You will be pleased to know that this is just part one of a two-part conversation with Marcelle.  Stay tune for our ongoing discussion in part two which will take you deeper into the journey of an artist working in the wood fired ceramic tradition. And a special thank you, Marcelle, for sharing your insights, your journey, and your connection to nature through the medium of clay.  Your continued awareness, respect and reverence for your art and the medium in which you work inspires me.  I know that you have encouraged listeners to recognize artistic endeavour is a calling and a responsibility Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Marcelle on her website, Mad Mudslinger on Instagram  and YouTube.  And if you are visiting Gabriola Island, Marcelle’s work will be featured in the November 2021 grand opening of Free Spirit Gallery on North Road. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
30:23
November 09, 2021
Legends & Traditions - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Season 3 Episode 44: Legends & Traditions 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. Happy Halloween! On the days of October 31 and November 1, we are celebrating traditions that have come to use through the centuries.  The ancients who commemorated the Celtic Festival of Samhain would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or “darker-half” of the year. All Saints Day originated with Pope Gregory III, in around 731 when he designated November 1st as a time to honour all saints. Soon, as is the way with legends and traditions, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.  What was first known as All Hallows Eve, became Halloween, a day where activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats have entertained us over the years. I am posting this podcast at the stroke of midnight on October 31, 2021, the very point of transition between Halloween and the coming of All Saints Day.  The trick or treaters are safely home with their stash of candy.  The candles illuminating the jack-o-lanterns sitting on steps leading to doorways have long since burned out.  Now, a ghostly, intense darkness envelopes our side of the world, magnifying the noises of night.  Do you hear the whispers? Do you hear the creaks in the floorboards, the cold wind whistling around the corner of the house?  What is tapping at the windowpane? Fears come in the night and are exaggerated by darkness. What better time than now to recite “The Raven” the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. We find a young scholar reading books of “lore” by a dying fire on a dreary night in December.  Lamenting the loss of love, the young scholar is seeking a way to forget the death of the beloved Lenore.  A tapping at the chamber door reveals nothing.  But the tapping is repeated more incessantly, now at the window. When the window is opened, a raven flutters into the chamber and the perches on a bust of Pallas above the door. As the poem progresses the young scholar begins as “weak and weary,” transitioning to regretful and grief-stricken, before passing into an angry frenzy when the raven says “nevermore” to being reunited with the beloved Lenore. As we pass into the night, join me in reciting The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. Thank you for joining me in reciting The Raven. The dawn in near, morning is coming, and a new day will come again.   Having faced darkness, it is time to live in the light. Until we meet again, dear friends, keep reading, keep reciting poetry, take care and be well. I leave you with these words by Edgar Allan Poe. “To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”
16:42
November 01, 2021
Dan Antion on Random Thoughts, Life Lessons, Hopes & Dreams
Season 3 Episode 43: Dan Antion on Random Thoughts, Life Lessons, Hopes and Dreams 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 Dan Antion, blogger, writer, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek, and I are connecting Hartford Connecticut and Vancouver British Columbia.  This promises to be an exciting conversation so put the kettle on and stop on by TTT to join the conversation. Thank you for joining Dan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Dan, for sharing your stories and your passions that present opportunities for observation and exploration. I am also sending my gratitude on the wing to Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, my writer and blogger friend who introduced me to Dan. I invite you to meet up with Dan on his blog No Facilities Random thoughts, life lessons, hopes and dreams. I invite you to meet up with Teagan at Teagan’s Books . Stay tuned for a podcast with Teagan that will be discussing the evolving adventure, “Dead of Winter,” that has come to readers in a series of Journeys Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
22:28
October 26, 2021
Susan Abernethy on Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England and Regent of Portugal
S3 42: Susan Abernethy on Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England and Regent of Portugal “Amidst all the commotion created by King Charles II and his flamboyant mistresses, there actually was a Queen. She was Catherine of Braganza, and she led a very interesting life in England as the King’s wife and later as ruler of her country of origin.” Susan Abernethy, The Freelance History Writer 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. My blogger friend and historian, Susan Abernethy from the blog, The Freelance History Writer, has returned to discuss the complex life of Catherine of Braganza, the subject of soon to be released book. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Susan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you Susan, for offering us fresh insight into the life of Catherine of Braganza. Bold, strategic, and determined – a woman who dedicated her life to her king and two nations. I invite you to meet up with Susan on her blog “The Freelance History Writer.” It is a place where history comes alive. You are only an internet click away from a virtual time travel adventure where you will meet Alfred the Great, find yourself in the court of King Henry VIII and travel to the land of the Vikings. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
24:22
October 18, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving
Season 3 Episode 41: Happy Thanksgiving “Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.” “Come, ye thankful people, come” 1884 Henry Alford Tune “St. George's Windsor" by George Job Elvey Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Happy Thanksgiving! I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. October 11, 2021, marks the celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving Day. Autumn, with its crisp winds and changing colours, ushers in moments of reflection and a feeling of warm nostalgia.  It is harvest time, when visions of canning vegetable and preserving jams and jellies remind me of family and community gatherings.  What better time to commemorate thankfulness? Thank you for celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  A special thank you to my brother, Brian for his rendition of the hymn “Come, ye thankful people, come,” which was set to St. George’s Windsor, by George Job Elvey. Until we meet again, dear friends, I leave you with the words of Meister Eckhart, German theologian, philosopher, and mystic. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
09:51
October 11, 2021
Liz Humphreys & Elisabeth Van Der Meer on the Midpoint of the #KaramazovReadalong
Season 3 Episode 40: Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer on the Midpoint of the #KaramzovReadalong “For all is like an ocean, all flows and connects; touch it in one place and it echoes at the other end of the world.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. The #KaramazovReadalong has reached a milestone in our journey.  We are at the midpoint of the book. “For all is like an ocean, all flows and connects; touch it in one place and it echoes at the other end of the world.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Liz Humphreys from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Elisabeth Van Der Meer from Porvoo, Finland have joined me to look back on what we’ve learned, and look forward to what may come. You may recall that a few months ago, I received an invitation from my blogger friend and book aficionado, Liz Humphreys to join her on a readalong of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  This readalong was to coincide with the 200th year anniversary of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s birth. The stars aligned when Elisabeth Van Der Meer, from A Russian Affair, agreed to join the party. Where are we?  What have we learned? What comes next?  These are the questions that will be discussed. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Liz, for your willingness to take on this massive project and for your invitation to enter the world of Russian Literature. Thank you, Elisabeth, for adding breadth and depth to our understanding.  I am looking forward to road ahead and to our next podcast in which will celebrate the ending of a journey well made. Thank you for joining Liz, Elisabeth, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  And a very special thank you Liz and Elizabeth for adding your enthusiasm and insights on The Brother’s Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.   His words from The Brothers Karamazov will enlighten the journey ahead. “This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov You can connect with Liz on “Leaping Life” and Elisabeth on “A Russian Affair.”  You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
26:15
October 05, 2021
Sally Cronin on Short Stories and Reading “A New Beginning”
Season 3 Episode 39: Sally Cronin on Short Stories and Reading “A New Beginning” Our Legacy Writers seek to inspire those of us not yet great to leave behind a legacy of worth. Fame and fortune are not required if we are remembered for our acts of kindness. Sally Cronin “Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragments in Harmony” 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. Living in the reality of Covid-19 for the past months, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome the podcast series, “Authors Reading their Books”, which will recreate the reading spaces in a virtual venue.  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 Sally Cronin who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading her short story “A New Beginning” from her book “Flights of Fancy.”   Sally is a storyteller.  As a child, she used poetry, song lyrics and short stories to bring narratives to life.  She is an indie author and proud to be one. Her greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy her take on health, characters, and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.  Sally’s support and encouragement of the indie community is legendary. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting event on Tea Toast & Trivia. I invite you to meet up with Sally on her blog Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, on her Anchor Podcast and on her Soundcloud Channel.  Sally discusses a wide number of topics to chat about. It is a place that welcomes lively conversations and fresh perspectives. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, keep reading and be well.
21:30
September 27, 2021
Tina Do on Poetry in a Global World
Season 3 Episode 38: Tina Do on Poetry in a Global World 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 excited and thrilled to connect with my friend and poet, Tina Do, to discuss the poet’s journey in a global world. Tina Do is a Vancouver-based poet, unashamed dinosaur aficionado and Master of Arts student at Simon Fraser University living and working on the unceded traditional and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwitlem) and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Tina was honoured with her first publication credit from The /tƐmz/ Review and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2020.  Her poetry will be featured in the forthcoming Best Canadian Poetry, and Canadian Literature. These days, you can catch her reading up on whether or not dinosaurs had lips and trying not to over-love her plants. Tina and I first met at a Robert Burns celebration in February 2019 when she was the guest poet.  As she recited her poem “Multiples of 12” I felt tears comes.   Her voice resonated with emotional clarity and compassion. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia Thank you for joining Tina and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Tina, for sharing your insights, your love of poetry and your poet’s journey.  Your continued awareness, and love of words inspires me.  I know that you have encouraged listeners to recognize that poetry is a calling and a responsibility Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
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September 21, 2021
Miriam Hurdle on Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude
S3 E37: Miriam Hurdle on Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude 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 poet and writer, Miriam Hurdle and I are connecting California and British Columbia to discuss how nature’s capacity for healing has ignited her poetic journey.  Miriam’s book of poetry, “Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude” is an exploration into the breadth and depth of the human experience, of feeling the joy of being alive, of living with hope even when faced with difficult pathways. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Miriam and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Miriam, for sharing your love of poetry, art, and music.  You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired readers and listeners to see life as a symphony, to embrace and rejoice in the moments given. I invite you to meet up with Miriam on her blog The Showers of Blessing,  It is a place that welcomes joyful conversations and profound reflections. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well.
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September 13, 2021
The Trio on Safety Nets
Season 3 Episode 36: The Trio on Safety Nets Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia! Thank you for listing in! I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you Today’s podcast is a look back to a time before COVID-19 changed the trajectory of our global journey. I came upon an audio file that was located in an old file that was hidden and forgotten in my digital filing system. It seems that, even in our world of organizational efficiencies, things can be misplaced. Perhaps it was meant to be lost until the timing was right. My mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, discussed the idea of safety nets and how they have evolved over time. Little did we know that in a few months after we recorded this conversation, we would learn how to create safety nets in a virtual world. A safety net is defined as a safeguard against possible hardship or adversity, a system to help those who have serious problems and no other form of help. So put the kettle on and add to this discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you Frances and Sarah for being excellent safety nets over the years. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well!
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September 07, 2021
Valerie Peachey on Beginnings, Adventures & Life Stories
Season 3 Episode 35: Valerie Peachey on Beginnings, Adventures & Life Stories 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 heading over to Spain to meet up with Dr. Valerie Peachey.   I have been looking forward to connecting with Valerie ever since my friend and neighbour, Chris, said that Valerie was a kindred spirit and introduced us via e-mail. It was one of those serendipitous moments when you know that a friendship is about to happen. Dr. Valerie Peachey is a non-traditional, semi-retired university professor. Having grown up in many countries around the world, Spain is now home. She is passionate about helping others create and realize their dreams. As a highly respected educator/leader, she believes that open pathways, flexible and well-designed learning opportunities, can yield transformative results. Individuals gain increased opportunities to reach their personal and professional goals, unhindered by geographical or time constraints As an adult educator and author, she appreciates the impact and power of the written word to make those desires come alive.  As an enthusiastic facilitator in the real and virtual worlds, she supports the power of technology to keep us connected to dear friends and help us to connect with new ones.  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 and philosophy on living our personal adventures, embracing new challenges, pursuing new sources of meaning and ways in which to give back to our communities both local and global. Thank you for joining Valerie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  We loved to hear about your adventures on Tea Toast & Trivia. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe, be well.
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August 31, 2021
Karen Saunders on Books, Book Clubs & Belonging
Season 3 Episode 34: Karen Saunders on Books, Book Clubs & Belonging “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” Madeleine L’Engle 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, Karen Saunders, has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to discuss how book clubs build compassionate communities and encourage life-long learning. Karen called New Brunswick home. That is, until her family decided to settle on the other side of Canada in North Vancouver, British Columbia.  Karen is passionate about literature, languages, and books.  She attended the University of Victoria and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, a double major in English Literature and French Language.  In 1983, Karen obtained a Master of Library Science from McGill University, Montréal, QC.   During all her studies, she married the love her of life, Patrick. Patrick’s medical training and Navy career gave Karen the opportunity to experience the breadth of Canada.  Moving from Montreal to Vancouver, to Halifax, then Victoria and back to Langley, British Columbia, while raising three children and running a successful small business, her life has been full of adventure. At 50, Karen recognized a call to ordained ministry and spent four years in training for the role of a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.  Nine years have passed since her ordination, each year offering her opportunities to participate in ministries involving education, liturgical services, and pastoral care. Karen embraces life with enthusiasm and is open to new possibilities. An avid reader since the age of three, she believes books and book clubs bring people together to learn, to explore and find belonging. So put the kettle on and add to this discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. A special thank you, Karen, for sharing how book clubs offer friendship and a place of belonging. Thank you for joining Karen and me on “Tea Toast & Trivia. “ This is your invitation to join the conversation. We look forward to your thoughts on reading, books, books clubs, belonging and community. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
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August 24, 2021
Shehanne Moore on the Writer/Publisher Connection
Season 3 Episode 33: Shehanne Moore on the Writer/Publisher Connection Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I am beyond thrilled that I am travelling over 7,000 kilometers to meet up with Shehanne Moore in Scotland to discuss the connection between a writer and publisher. Shehanne, also known as Shey, is a published author of stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces.  She set up Black Wolf Books, a small royalty paying publisher, presently taking submissions by invitation only. Today, Shey shares her thoughts on how to foster an authentic relationship with a publisher motivated by a mutual desire to publish books that resonate with readers.  Shey is a storytelling who understands the process required to bring those narratives to readers. Thank you for sharing this moment with Shey and me on Tea Toast and Trivia.  A special thank you, Shey, for sharing your knowledge and experience. Listeners, I invite your to meet up with Shey on her website, Shehanne Moore You can follow Shey on Goodreads as well as Amazon at Shehanne Moore You are only an internet click away from being swept away in a daring adventure. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading, keep safe and be well.
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August 16, 2021
Susan Abernethy on Adventures in History
Season 3 Episode 32: Susan Abernethy on Adventures in History “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”  Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. 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. My blogger friend and historian, Susan Abernethy, from the blog, The Freelance History Writer, and I have bridged the distance between Denver, Colorado and Vancouver, British Columbia to discuss why we should study history. Susan Abernethy has a degree in history and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and The Historical Association.  Her blog, The Freelance History Writer has been continuously publishing historical articles since 2012, with an emphasis on European, Tudor, medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern and Women’s history. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Susan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you Susan, for sharing your enthusiasm and passion for history. I invite you to meet up with Susan on her blog “The Freelance History Writer.” It is a place where history comes alive. You are only an internet click away from a virtual time travel adventure where you will meet Alfred the Great, find yourself in the court of King Henry VIII and travel to the land of the Vikings. Until next time, keep safe and be well.
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August 10, 2021
Dave Astor on Misty’s Adventures
Season 3 Episode 31: Dave Astor on Misty’s Adventures “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” Charles Dickens Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. 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. Following Misty is not for the faint of heart.  You will walk on fences, jump from opens grates, run across the grass, meet up with deer, and trudge through the snow.  Misty reminds me that living in the now, embracing the power of being present creates a sense of well-being and of being whole. I am thrilled that Dave has graciously agreed to share Misty’s remarkable story. This is your invitation to put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. 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.
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August 02, 2021
Julie Riso on Awakening to Nature
S3 E 30: Julie Riso on Awakening to Nature “Each day brings a new surprise – another songbird’s voice, new buds emerge, and, finally, wildflowers. Marsh marigolds first, then violets. The drowsy flight of butterflies and bumblebees. Awaken, sleepyheads. The bewildered emergence of the little furry ones. They stare at me with curiosity, and then skitter away, remembering that my kind is to be feared. The early petals wither while new blooms unfurl. Each one more flamboyant than the last.” Julie Riso, Beneath the Winter 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 blogger friend and writer, Julie Riso, from her blog “Wish I Were Here” and I are connecting Vancouver and Northern Michigan for a discussion on awakening to nature. Julie has created a space that welcomes authentic conversations.  She writes that many years ago, she chose to follow an unmarked path – the one filled with detours, dead ends, hitchhikers, kitschy roadside attractions, and unexpected destinations. I knew immediately that I found a kindred spirit. “Wish I Were Here” is Julie’s travel memoir that explores her journeys through place and time. She inspires readers to live their personal stories and to recognize the connection to nature and all creatures who share our world. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Julie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Julie for sharing your insights, your journey, your connection to nature.  You have inspired me, and I know that you have encouraged listeners to recognize that they are forever linked to nature.  Earth is our home.  It is where our story begins and becomes interwoven within the fabric of all that has come before and all that will come after. I invite you to meet up with Julie on her blog Wish I was Here. It is a place that inspires us to pause, listen to our hearts, discover our dreams and walk with nature in peace with ourselves and with all who walk this earth. Until next time we meet, dear friends, stay safe, be well.
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July 27, 2021
Marina Kanavaki on Art Towards a Happy Day
Season 3 Episode 29: Marina Kanavaki on Art Towards a Happy Day Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you. I am thrilled that my blogger friend, artist, and musician, Marina Kanavaki, and I have bridged the distance between Athens and Vancouver to discuss how music and art bring joy and beauty to our lives. What would take 12 hours and 41 minutes flight time has take 12 sends by WIFI to join Marina and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Music was Marina’s first love. She would crawl up on the piano stool and put her ear on the keys to hear the sounds and their combinations.  Then painting came into Marina’s life, influenced by her father, who was an artist.  His guidance and strong support allowed her freedom to explore her creativity. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Marina and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Marina’s artistic journey connects music, colour, and symbolism to reach deep into our hearts. Her love of animals and her commitment to animal rights is inspiring.  Marina reminds us that each of us has a creative journey to be explored.  It is not an easy undertaking, but if we embrace our creativity whether it be writing, poetry, music, dance – our lives with be richer, more fulfilling. A special thank you, Marina, for sharing your insight how and music brings happiness into our lives. I invite you to meet up with Marina on her blog Marina Kanavaki.  It is a place where music, colour, and symbolism reach deep into our hearts to ignite our desire to embrace a creative journey. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe, be well.
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July 19, 2021
Tommy Douglas & All About Canada
Season 3 Episode 28: Tommy Douglas & All About Canada Tommy Douglas “Courage, my friends; ‘tis not too late to build a better world.” 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. This podcast is all about Canada, my home.  It is also a story about Canadians. So put the kettle on and add to the discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. I leave you with this thought by Tommy Douglas. Tommy Douglas “We are all in this world together, and the only test of our character that matters is how we look after the least fortunate among us. How we look after each other, not how we look after ourselves. That’s all that really matters, I think.” Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
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July 13, 2021
Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling Your Story
S3 E27: Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling Your Story 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 blogger friend and writer, Sally Cronin and I are connecting Ireland and Canada, a distance of over 7,000 kilometers.  What would take 10 hours flight time has taken 10 seconds in the magic of WIFI time. Sally is a storyteller.  As a child, she used poetry, song lyrics and short stories to bring narratives to life.  She is an indie author and proud to be one. Her greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy her take on health, characters, and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.  Sally’s support and encouragement of the indie community is legendary.   Today, we will be exploring writing, marketing, and telling your story. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Sally and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Sally, for sharing your insights and philosophy of writing, marketing and telling your story.  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 Sally on her blog Smorgasbord Blog Magazine,  which was created to be a watering hole that provides a wide number of topics to chat about. You can reach Sally at sally.cronin@moyhill.com. It is a place that welcomes lively conversations and fresh perspectives. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
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