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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 © 2019 -2021 by Rebecca Budd is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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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 6, 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 9, 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 1, 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 5, 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.
19:06
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.
20:16
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!
10:55
September 7, 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.
21:06
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.
20:59
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.
19:05
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.
17:02
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.
16:53
August 2, 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.
17:14
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.
17:43
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.
14:22
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.
19:13
July 6, 2021
Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer on the #KaramazovReadalong
Season 3 Episode 26: Liz Humphreys and Elisabeth Van Der Meer on the #KaramazovReadalong Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. “Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it and redeem not only your own but other people’s sins. Go, and do not be afraid.”  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Today we are working with the magic of technology to bring together Edinburgh, Scotland, Porvoo, Finland, and Vancouver, Canada for a special event – the launch of the The Brothers Karamazov Readalong. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky has been on my “To Be Read” stack of books for several years but I have hesitated, waiting for the right moment. Then serendipity arrived in the form of an e-mail message from my blogger friend and book aficionado, Liz Humphreys from Leaping Life, announcing that she was organizing a #Readalong of The Brothers Karamazov 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.  Liz, Elisabeth, and I are inviting you to join us on this reading adventure. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. 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.  You have given me courage to open the book that I have always wanted to open.  His words from The Brothers Karamazov will enlighten the journey head., “This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness,” 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.
23:23
June 29, 2021
Roberta Eaton Cheadle Reading A Ghost and His Gold
S3 E25: Roberta Eaton Cheadle Reading “A Ghost and his Gold” 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, 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 Roberta Eaton Cheadle who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from her novel, “A Ghost and his Gold.” Roberta is a South African writer specializing in historical, paranormal and horror novels and short stories. Keep you lights on because we are about to meet up with a sinister poltergeist. Thank you for joining Roberta Eaton Cheadle and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books. And a special thank you, Roberta, for giving us insight into A Ghost and His Gold.  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 Roberta on her blog, Roberta Writes. It is a place where history comes alive with every page turned. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well. Follow Roberta Eaton Cheadle Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/ Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19631306.Roberta_Eaton_Cheadle Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17
18:13
June 22, 2021
Liz Humphreys on 14 Weeks with Dante Alighieri
Season 3 Episode 24: Liz Humphreys on 14 Weeks with Dante Alighieri “Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice.”  Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso 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 dear blogger friend, Liz, from her blog Leaping Life and I have once again bridged the 7,059 kilometers between Edinburgh and Vancouver to discuss her profound 14-week journey with Dante Alighieri. I vividly recalled her January 10, 2021 blog post which started out, “It’s a funny old life.  Who would have imagined a connection between one of history’s most iconic and enduring works of literature and a modern novel about travelling the world in a converted bright pink ice cream van.” Doesn’t that sound like a great first line to a novel? Liz has a way of igniting my curiosity. There is always an adventure happening on her blog, “Leaping Life.” I am thrilled that she has joined me to share her thoughts on her trek through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso via Nick Senger’s Readalong. This promises to be an exciting conversation. So, put the kettle on and add to this conversation on TeaToastTrivia.com. Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank Liz, for sharing your insights on The Divine Comedy. Liz has embarked on another readalong voyage – Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  I invite you to meet up with Liz on her blog “Leaping Life.”  You are only an internet click away from entering a world of books and brilliant conversations. Until next time, keep safe and be well.
20:58
June 15, 2021
Eglund on the Art of Communication
S3 E23: Eglund on the Art of Communication Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am travelling over 7900 kilometers to Berlin, Germany to meet up with my friend, Eglund, journalist and writer. Berlin is a center of politics, culture, media, and science, home of the world-famous Berlin Opera, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Berlin is on my must-see places to visit once travel comes back.  But for now, I am enjoying my virtual visit with Eglund. Eglund is an engineer and publicist. He worked as a science journalist and reporter in Africa for several German newspapers. Since 2005, his focus has been on the environmental initiatives. As a specialist journalist for renewable energies, he works within media related to the ecological energy transition, first of all about solar energy. Eglund first appeared as a writer in 1993 when he won the essay prize of the Mayor of Berlin-Kreuzberg for his short story “The nun and dying”. In 2009 his novel “Die Glöckner von Utopia” was published, in which he processed his experiences during the last years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and especially during the turning point in autumn 1989 in Dresden, Leipzig and East Berlin. His second novel, Zen Solar, was published in 2016. This year, his third novel: Nomaden von Laetoli will be published. In March 2011 Eglund founded the culture blog Berg.Link, which he designed together with Urs Heinz Aerni from Zurich. We live in a world that offers many ways in which to connect and share knowledge and experience. As a journalist and writer, Eglund values authentic communication that fosters life-affirming conversations.  What does it mean to communicate?  What messages do we send? And do we know how to listen? 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, Eglund, for sharing your insights on communication within a world that offers us technology for global connection.   And a special thank you to Klausbernd Vollmar for introducing Eglund to Tea Toast & Trivia. 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.
22:36
June 8, 2021
Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting
S3 E22: Darlene Foster Reading Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting 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, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to 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 Darlene Foster who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from her novel, Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting (Amanda Travels #2) which is available on Amazon.   I am looking forward to meeting up with Darlene and joining Amanda on one of her many adventure. Welcome Darlene! Thank you for joining me on the TTT virtual reading room. Thank you for joining Darlene and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books. And a special thank you, Darlene, for sharing your insights and philosophy of writing.  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 Darlene on her blog Darlene Foster’s Blog, which she created for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers, friends and friends she has not met yet.  It is a place where stories dwell. Darlene’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/DarleneFosterWriter/ Darlene on twitter https://twitter.com/supermegawoman Until next time, dear friends, stay safe, be well.
15:50
May 31, 2021
Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Dave Astor on Enduring Literary Themes
S3 E21: Elisabeth Van Der Meer & Dave Astor on Enduring Literary Themes “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” Boris Pasternak, Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Why do specific narratives endure? Writers and readers come to these stories over and over again.  Is it because the characters are memorable and compelling? Or is it the dialogue, action scenes, or unfolding love that engages?  What transforms an ordinary storyline into an extraordinary critical success that attracts readers beyond the life of the writer?  The answer: A strong literary theme. Today, I am thrilled that we are joining Porvoo, Finland, Montclair, New Jersey and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Dave Astor have joined me in connecting three times zones within seconds to bring you a discussion on “Enduring Literary Themes.” Thank you for joining Elisabeth, Dave, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  And a very special thank you, Elisabeth and Dave for adding your insights on enduring themes of literature. This has been another exciting conversation. You can connect with Elisabeth on A Russian Affair. You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on Elisabeth and Dave’s blogs. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
24:27
May 24, 2021
The Trio on Letterwriting
S3 E20: The Trio on Letter Writing Steve Carell once said, “Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.” Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss letter writing.  In our last podcast discussion, we discussed the art of cursive handwriting style.  There is beauty in the curving lines and connecting letters.  But there is much more about cursive writing to celebrate. I like the idea that cursive writing improves our neural connections and interplay of the left and right cerebral hemispheres. When we use cursing writing, we enhance our memory retention and improve our fine motor skills.  Think of it as an exercise program for our minds.  What better way to hone our cursive writing skills, than by writing letters? So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well!
15:09
May 18, 2021
D. Wallace Peach Reading Liars & Thieves, Unraveling the Veil Book One
S3 E19: D Wallace Peach Reading Liars & Thieves, Unravelling the Veil Book One 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, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to 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 D Wallace Peach who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from her novel, “Liars & Thieves, Unravelling the Veil Book One”  is available on Amazon.   I am looking forward to meeting up with Diana and entering a world of fantasy and imagination.   I am ready for the adventure! Are you? Thank you for joining Diana and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Authors reading their Books.
16:44
May 11, 2021
Traveling to Orkney with Lorna Brown
S3 E18: Traveling to Orkney with Lorna Brown “A trip to Orkney gives you the opportunity to look back in time: through both world wars, crofting, Norse and Neolithic eras. Locals say if you scratch the surface of Orkney, it bleeds archaeology. Venturing further back, the rugged landscape affords glimpses into the geological heritage that physically shaped our islands many millennia ago.” Lorna Brown, See Orkney Tours Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Join me as I travel across the ocean to Orkney, where the fresh sea air and rugged landscape captures the spirit of daring souls.  I am delighted that I am meeting up once again with my friend, Lorna Brown of See Orkney Tours, who was our family’s intrepid guide through the mists of ancient Orkney.  We touched the Standing Stones of Stenness and traced the prehistoric path of the Ring of Brodgar. The last time we met up with Lorna was on the white sandy beach that leads up to Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old Neolithic village. Skara Brae is the best-preserved Neolithic village in northern Europe, which offers a unique window into the lives of the farmers who lived there between 3,100 and 2,450 BC. In March 2021, I travelled virtually with Lorna back to the 19th and 20th century to see how farming continues to be a vital part of Orkney’s history and present-day activities.  It was a sunny, winter day when we met up, perfect for our adventure. So, come back with us, fill up a thermos with hot tea and bundle up with a warm coat and walking shoes. Thank you for joining Lorna and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  A special thank you to you, Lorna for sharing the stories of Orkney and for promising to come back.    Until then, dear listeners, you can meet up with her at See Orkney Tours.  As the world continues to experience travel restrictions, it is good to know that we can still travel the world virtually, from our dining room tables. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well.
24:48
May 3, 2021
Kim Mooney on Hidden Daughter - Secret Sister, A Story of Adoption
S3 E17: Kim Mooney on Hidden Daughter-Secret Sister, A Story of Adoption 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 discuss her book, “Hidden Daughter-Secret Sister, A Story of Adoption.” 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. With her first published story in 1970 came a prize—a typewriter. A few short stories and a series of poems were written on that machine and then it was set aside in a drawer. This is her first published book. Thank you for joining Kim and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. “Hidden Daughter, Secret Sister” is available on Amazon. And a special thank you, Kim, for sharing your profound and valuable insight into the psychological repercussions of adoption and how they can be addressed.  As always, your candour and compassion come together to encourage a deeper appreciation and recognition of what it means to be family. I invite you to meet up with Kim on her website Kim Mooney and on Goodreads.  You will be inspired by Kim’s journey from her life as an emotionally insecure child in 1950s Canada to a determined adult searching for her roots. Until next time we meet, dear friends, stay safe, be well.
21:56
April 26, 2021
Joan Dunnett on Reading Sir Walter Scott
Season 3 Episode 16: Joan Dunnett on Reading Sir Walter Scott 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, Joan Dunnett, writer of “Tides of Change,” and I have once again bridged the 7,059 kilometres between Edinburgh and Vancouver to discuss, Sir Walter Scott, who is remembered for his extensive literary works and political engagement.  Many of his works remain classics of both English literature and Scottish literature. Famous titles include The Lady of the Lake, which was a narrative poem, and the novels Waverley, Old Mortality, Rob Roy, The Heart of Mid-Lothian, The Bride of Lammermoor, and Ivanhoe. Joan Dunnett has read all of Sir Walter Scott’s books and has just recently re-read Waverley.  In a recent e-mail Joan wrote, “Waverly was Scott’s first novel, and in many ways is a good starting point. The main character, Edward Waverley, is a ‘romantic’ sort of person, and I wonder if he is meant to resemble Scott himself.“ Joan accepted my invitation to share her thoughts on reading Sir Walter Scott and has joined me to encourage us to place Sir Walter Scott on top of our “to be read” books for 2021. This promises to be an extraordinary discussion. So, put the kettle on and add your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Joan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Joan, for sharing your enjoyment of the books of Sir Walter Scott. And a thank you to my dear blogger friend and frequent podcast guest, Liz Humphrey from Leaping Life who introduced me to Joan and recommended, “Tides of Change.”  I am adding my recommendation to Liz’s and invite you to meet up with Joan Dunnett on Goodreads.  You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure. Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well.
19:51
April 20, 2021
Dr. Leith Davis on The Lyon in Mourning
S3 E15: Dr. Leith Davis on The Lyon in Mourning Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am thrilled that I am meeting up with Dr. Leith Davis, Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. She is a co-founder of the Department of English’s Master of Arts program with Specialization in Print Culture and is the Director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies. Leith is the author of Acts of Union: Scotland and the Negotiation of the British Nation (Stanford UP, 1998). Music, Post colonialism and Gender: The Construction of Irish Identity, 1724-1874 (Notre Dame UP, 2005). She is co-editor of Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004) and Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture (Ashgate, 2012).  She is currently working on a monograph entitled Media and Cultural Memory in Britain and Ireland, 1688-1745. Leith is a collector of stories – stories that have been kept safe in the folds of history waiting to be heard. Today, she shares her thoughts on the Jacobite Memoirs of The Rising of 1745 from the manuscripts of the Late Right Rev. Robert Forbes, A.M. Bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church This promises to be an extraordinary discussion. So, put the kettle on and add to your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia Thank you for joining Leith and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you to Leith who opened the doors of the past and shared the profound stories of brave men and women who witnessed a pivotal transition in history. I invite you to meet up with Leith at the The Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, which was founded in 1998 as a joint venture between faculty and individuals in the community. The Centre, located at SFU’s beautiful Burnaby campus, provides a focal point for faculty, students, and all who are interested in exploring Scottish history and culture and the connections between Scotland and Canada in the contemporary global landscape.  It is a place where the past reaches out to our time and reminds us to live boldly, with courage and hope. Until next time we meet, dear friends, be safe and be well.
18:46
April 13, 2021
Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene Launches “Dead of Winter”
Season 3 Episode 14: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene Launches “Dead of Winter” Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am thrilled that Teagan Geneviene has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to discuss the launch of her book, “Dead of Winter”. The adventure is coming to readers in a series of Journeys. I have read Journey 1, Forlorn Peak and Journey 2, Penllyn and now await, with great anticipation, the next installment, Journey 3, The Fever Field. Teagan makes brilliant use of serialization to enhance a reader’s experience. What began in 1836 with Charles Dickens’ “the Pickwick Papers” is making a comeback in our timeline. Serial novels encourage us to savour the narrative, to reflect with expectation to what comes next. I have been looking forward to this conversation with Teagan.  Journey I and Journey II explore themes of resilience and coming of age within a world that is in transition. Thank you for joining Teagan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Teagan, for introducing “Dead of Winter” in our virtual reading room. I invite you to meet up with Teagan at https://teagansbooks.com/ You are only an internet click away from meeting up with Emlyn, her teacher Osabide, and The Watcher. There are more adventures yet to come! Until next time we meet, keep safe and be well! Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene You can also visit Teagan at: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordai… Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangenev… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-… LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangen… Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene
21:26
April 6, 2021
Tim Price on Blogging, Photography & Connecting
S3 E13: Tim Price on Blogging, Photography & Connecting 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, writer, musician, and photographer, Timothy Price has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia for a discussion about blogging, writing about daily life and engaging within the blogging community. I have been following Tim’s blog since my first introduction to his on Resa McConaghy’s Art Gowns, The Art of Glamorous Fantasy. Tim has a marvelous sense of humour and a love of photography and music.  What I especially appreciated about Tim is that he provides sustained support and encouragement to other bloggers. Blogging is a way to connect and find kindred spirits, but we all come to this place for specific and individual reasons. Is it to fulfill a personal goal?  Is it to send out a message?  Is it to connect with people with the same objectives?  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 for joining Tim and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.
21:57
March 30, 2021
Mary Jo Malo on Poetry & A Poet’s Calling
S3 E12: Mary Jo Malo, Celebrating World Poetry Day 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 to meet up with my friend and poet, Mary Jo Malo. We are bridging the distance of 3,420 kilometers between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Vancouver, British Columbia to discuss poetry and a poet’s calling. Driving time is 31 hours, Zoom time, 31 seconds. We will be marking World Poetry Day, which occurred yesterday, on March 21, 2021, which was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. So put the kettle on and celebrate poetry on Tea, Toast & Trivia.com. This promises to be an extraordinary conversation. Thank you for joining Mary Jo and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Mary Jo, for sharing your insight on poetry for World Poetry Day.  You inspire me to celebrate poetry every day. Dear listeners, I invite you to meet up with Mary Jo on her blog, This Shining Wound, Original poetry by Mary Jo Malo.  It is a place where the music of words dwells. Until next time, keep safe, be well.
16:48
March 22, 2021
The Trio on the Art of Cursive Writing
S3 E11: The Trio on the Art of Cursive Writing Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss the art of cursive writing. Cursive handwriting style undoubtedly has an artistic flair. There is beauty in the curving lines and connecting letters. But there is much more about cursive writing to celebrate for it improves our neural connections and interplay of the left and right cerebral hemispheres. When we use cursive writing, we enhance our memory retention and improve our fine motor skills. Think of it as an exercise program for our minds. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well! “Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.” Steve Carell
15:41
March 16, 2021
D Wallace Peach on Writing & Publishing
S3 E10: D Wallace Peach on Writing and Publishing “My latest trilogy is titled Unraveling the Veil. It’s about three races – goblins, elves, and changelings – and how blame and lies almost destroy their lives and civilization. My trio of heroes are products of their cultures and biases, and yet they have to trust each other and work together to learn the truth of a series of mysterious disappearances. Things get awfully grim before they accomplish their goal.” D Wallace Peach 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, D Wallace Peach, has joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia for a discussion about writing, connecting, and engaging within the world of writing and publishing.  Diana is on my side of the world, just south of the Canadian Border.  She lives in a log cabin, situated on a mountain, with her husband, two owls and a horde of bats.  She has found a place of belonging, surrounded by evergreens in the lush, green wilderness of the Oregon rainforest. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Diana and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Diana, for sharing your insights and philosophy of writing. You have inspired me, and I know that you have inspired readers and listeners to embrace a creative journey.
24:40
March 8, 2021
Darlene Foster on Travels with Amanda
Season 3 Episode 9: Darlene Foster on Writing Amanda Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia Thank you for listening in! Never let a day go by without a dream” Darlene Foster 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, Darlene Foster and I are bridging approximately 8,784 kilometers, as the crow flies, between Costa Blanca, Spain and Vancouver, Canada. A distance that would be 11 hours and 25 minutes by air has taken seconds via technology. Darlene’s short stories have won prizes and have appeared in several anthologies. She has seven published books in a series about a spunky 12-year-old girl who loves to travel, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain-The Girl in the Painting, Amanda in England-the Missing Novel, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone, Amanda on the Danube-The Sounds of Music, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind and Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action. Readers from seven to seventy plus enjoy following Amanda and her adventures as she unravels one mystery after another. Darlene’s bilingual book, Pig on Trial/Cerito a juicio is in English and Spanish. Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. A world traveller herself, Darlene spends her time in Vancouver, Canada, and the Costa Blanca, in Spain So, it will not come as a surprise that today’s discussion is all about storytelling. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for joining Darlene and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Darlene, for sharing your insights and philosophy of writing.  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 Darlene on her blog Darlene Foster’s Blog, which she created for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers, friends and friends she has not met yet.  It is a place where stories dwell. Until next time, dear friends, stay safe and be well. Darlene’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/DarleneFosterWriter/ Darlene on twitter https://twitter.com/supermegawoman
23:51
March 2, 2021
Klausbernd Vollmar on Ugliness
S3 E8: Klausbernd Vollmar on Ugliness Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am travelling over 7,500 kilometers to Cley-Next-The-Sea, an idyllic artists’ village situated on the River Glaven in Norfolk, England. I am meeting up once again with my dear blogger friend, and professional author, Klausbernd Vollmar, who is an authority on colour theory and in the language of symbols in dreams and art.   In our last podcast, we explored the idea of beauty. Klausbernd has come back for another riveting conversation on the concept of “ugly” and ugliness. This promises to be an extraordinary discussion. So, put the kettle on and add to your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. Klausbernd Vollmar graduated with a (MA) in German and Nordic literature, philosophy, geology, and linguistics at the University of Bochum/Germany. In Finland and Germany, he worked as assistant professor specializing in symbol systems. Winning a postgraduate scholarship by the Canada Council, he came to Canada and worked for four years as lecturer at the McGill University, Montreal. He was an editor of several magazines in Germany, Canada, and Greece. Klausbernd studied and graduated in general and clinical psychology at the Ruhr-University/Germany. Working in Germany and England in a private practice, his writing specialized on colour and symbolism.  His website is www.kbvollmar.com Thank you, Klausbernd, for sharing your knowledge on ugliness and how it influences our lives an choices.  I appreciate our friendship that has evolved over the past years and the many conversations that are yet to come. You continue to inspire me and foster a compassionate community spirit. Dear listeners, thank you for joining Klausbernd and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. I know you will enjoy following the extraordinary adventures of The Fab Four of Cley – Klausbernd, Hanne, Siri and Selma on their blog, The World According to Dina.  You are only an internet click away from a vibrant discussion that opens new avenues of exploration. Until next time, stay safe, be well.
36:10
February 23, 2021
Paul Andruss Reading Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer
S3 E7: Paul Andruss Reading Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer  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, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to a new 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 Paul Andruss, who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading from his novel, “Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer, which is available on Amazon.   I am looking forward to meeting up with Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer on their adventures. Thank you for joining Paul and me on Tea Toast & Trivia, Authors reading their Books. I invite you to meet up with Paul on Goodreads and his website Paul Andruss on WordPress. It is a place where stories dwell. Until next time, stay safe, be well.
28:06
February 16, 2021
The Trio on the 2021 Book Challenge
S3 E6: The Trio on the Family Book Challenge 2021 Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss a subject that is close to my heart.  Books! We have embarked on the Family Book Challenge 2021, championed by my nephew Aaron. Join us as we discuss how books transform our lives and how reading within a community of readers expands our knowledge and inspires us to read more. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation. We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances, Sarah, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Looking forward to hearing about your reading adventures. Until next time, dear friends, be safe and be well. Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles W. Eliot
22:04
February 9, 2021
Elisabeth Van Der Meer & Dave Astor on Why Should We Read the Books We Do Not Want to Read
Season 3 Episode 5: Elisabeth Van Der Meer & Dave Astor on Why Should We Read The Books We Do Not Want to Read Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, science-fiction writer, science writer, futurist, inventor, undersea explorer and co-writer of the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey said:  “Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic. Today we are working magic by bringing together Porvoo, Finland,  Montclair, New Jersey, and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Elisabeth Van Der Meer and Dave Astor have joined me in connecting three times zones within seconds to bring you a discussion on “Why should we read the books we do not want to read?” We are entering a new adventure in podcasting here at Tea Toast and Trivia.  Thank you to Elisabeth and Dave for taking the plunge with me.  And a very special thank you to Don, my techie, who is in the background making this happen. Thank you for joining Elisabeth, Dave, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  And a very special thank you, Elizabeth and Dave, for adding your insights and suggestions for embracing books that we never thought we would read. Listeners, you can connect with Elisabeth on A Russian Affair. You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.  There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on Elisabeth and Dave’s blogs. Until next time, dear friends, be safe and be well.
28:27
February 2, 2021
Celebrating Robert Burns with Address to a Haggis
Season 3 Episode 4: Celebrating Robert Burns with the Address to a Haggis Welcome to a special episode of Tea Toast and Trivia. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Tonight, we celebrate Robert Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, the great Scottish poet and lyricist. He has been given the honoured titles of National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet. He penned in the language of the Scots, even though much of his writing is in light Scots dialect and in English. This year’s celebration will be different from all other Robert Burns Suppers that have been held throughout its history. January 25, 2021 will be the first time that the Burns Suppers will be going virtual across the world. Thank you for joining me in celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns.
13:28
January 26, 2021
Robbie Cheadle on Writing Children’s Books
Season 3 Episode 3: Robbie Cheadle on Writing Children’s Books Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, I am travelling the distance of 15,174 kilometers that takes me over the Atlantic Ocean and across the equator to South Africa.  What usually takes 18 hours and 20 minutes by air travel, has been accomplished within minutes via technology. I am meeting up with Robbie Cheadle, a prolific writer whose books span the ages of children, young adults, and adults. In order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, she writes for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.  I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Robbie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you to Robbie.  You can connect with Robbie on Robbie’s Inspiration.  There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on her blog. Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
27:16
January 19, 2021
Klausbernd Vollmar on Beauty
Season 3 Episode 2: Klausbernd Vollmar on Beauty Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am travelling over 7,500 kilometers to Cley-Next-The-Sea, an idyllic artists’ village situated on the River Glaven in Norfolk, England. I am meeting up once again with my dear blogger friend, and professional author, Klausbernd Vollmar, who is an authority on colour theory and in the language of symbols in dreams and art.   In our last podcast, we explored the influence of colour. Klausbernd has come back for another riveting conversation on the concept of ‘beauty’. This promises to be an extraordinary discussion. So, put the kettle on and add to your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. Klausbernd Vollmar graduated with a (MA) in German and Nordic literature, philosophy, geology, and linguistics at the University of Bochum/Germany. In Finland and Germany, he worked as assistant professor specializing in symbol systems. Winning a postgraduate scholarship by the Canada Council, he came to Canada and worked for four years as lecturer at the McGill University/Montreal. He was an editor of several magazines in Germany, Canada, and Greece. Klausbernd studied and graduated in general and clinical psychology at the Ruhr-University/Germany. Working in Germany and England in a private practice, his writing specialized on colour and symbolism.  His website is www.kbvollmar.com I enjoy following the extraordinary adventures of The Fab Four of Cley on their blog, The World According to Dina. I continue to learn from the vibrant discussions that open new avenues of exploration.
24:26
January 12, 2021
Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia Season 3
S3 E1: Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia Season 3 Happy New Year 2021. Dear friends, welcome to the third season of Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast. Thank you for listening in and joining the conversation. I am deeply grateful and humbled by your support and encouragement over the past two years. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. As we walk together, let us think of the words of Rainer Maria Rilke, “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” May peace, love and hope be your constant companions in 2021. Until next time we meet, be safe and be well.
09:48
January 5, 2021
Aaron Launches Family Book Challenge 2021
Season 2 Episode 62: Aaron Launches Family Book Challenge 2021 Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am heading over the Canadian Rockies to St. Albert, Alberta to meet up with my nephew, Aaron, who has challenged our family to the Book Challenge 2021. As background, it all started in January 2020, when I received Aaron’s message challenging me to participate in a 2020 Family Challenge which was to read 25 books in the Year 2020. Incidentally, Aaron is a prodigious reader, much like his Aunt Sarah, who is well known to consume vast qualities of books, moving from genre to genre with a dexterity that leaves me breathless. Aaron has joined me to today to launch the Family Book Challenge 2021. I want to be the first to know his plans for the coming year and to have head start on my competitive siblings.  Of course, I do not have a competitive nature, but this is survival of the reading fittest. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for sharing this moment with Aaron and me.   Thank you, Aaron, for being the champion of the 2021 Family Book Challenge. Dear listeners, all the very best on your reading adventures in 2021.  As Dr. Seuss wrote in his book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut:  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Until next time we meet, be safe and be well.
12:33
December 29, 2020
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Season 2 Episode 61: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Clement Clarke Moore, born July 15, 1799 was a writer and American Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, Divinity and Biblical Learning at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in New York City.   Clement Moore had strong ties to the seminary for I understand that it was his generosity that led him to donate land, which was his private apple orchard, upon which the seminary was built.  The Seminary remains on the same parcel of land, which is located at Ninth Avenue between 20th and 21st streets, in an area known as Chelsea Square Clement Moore became a wealthy man through the ownership of the estate “Chelsea,” an inheritance he received from the passing of his mother and grandfather.   Fast forward to present day, the “Chelsea” area is located on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, between 14th Street to the south, the Hudson River and West Street to the west and Sixth Avenue to the east, with its northern boundary variously described as near the upper 20s or 34th Street. Clement Moore accomplished a great deal in his lifetime.  He was a writer and a poet, a professor and scholar. He served twice in the position of President of Columbia College (now Columbia University) and served as a board member on the New York Institution for the Blind. But what he is most known for is how he changed the way we see Christmas. He called the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” It was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel in 1823.  He had second thoughts in 1837 when eventually he told everyone that he had penned the poem.  Many believe that it is the most well-known and beloved poem written by an American poet.  We read it every Christmas, most generally on Christmas Eve, and then reflect on Christmases past when we were young and heard the familiar words read by our parents and grandparents.  Santa and the tradition of Christmas gift-giving was transformed by this poem Clement Moore published several academic works, including A Compendious Lexicon of the Hebrew Language (Collins & Perkins, 1809), but “A Visit from St. Nicholas” more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” captured the hearts of children young and old. Please join me in reading, A Visit form St. Nicholas AKA ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
08:36
December 22, 2020
Brian on Music and Celebration
Season 2 Episode 60: Brian on Music & Celebration Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am heading over the Canadian Rockies to St. Albert, Alberta. Brian, my brother, has come back to continue the conversation on embracing a greater journey.  In our last two podcasts together, we discussed the stages of life, from childhood to old age and then the idea of FOMO or fear of missing out. As we enter December, the month of festivities, many of us will not be going home for Christmas in the usual way.  We will be joining family and friends through virtual channels to celebrate and connect. Today, Brian and I will be discussing the relationship between music and celebration.   Music has always been integral to memorable events. When we remember important moments in our life, we remember music.   On wedding anniversaries, couples may recall the first song that brought them together.  At graduation, music of pomp and ceremony play as graduates cross the stage.  Birthday parties, retirement events –  and the list goes on. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation and in the singing on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Brian and me in this conversation. And thank you, Brian, for sharing your love of music with us. All the best coming from our house and Brian’s house to yours during this festive month . May you feel the presence of kindred spirits in your homes and hearts. Until next time dear friends, be safe and be well.
22:04
December 15, 2020
Hanne Siebers on the Art of Photography
Season 2 Episode 59: Hanne Siebers on the Art of Photography Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am heading to Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the north coast of Norfolk, England, to meet up with my dear blogger friend and photographer, Hanne Siebers.  I have been looking forward to once again witnessing the uninterrupted views of the spectacular North Norfolk coastline, feeling the wind coming across the water and breathing in that unforgettable clear air. This is your invitation to join Hanne and me in an extraordinary conversation on how photography increases self-understanding of our environment, nature, other people and society. Over the years, Hanne has taught me that photography embraces a creative journey that gives meaning and purpose. So, put the kettle on add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia Thank you for joining Hanne and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you, Hanne, for sharing your insights on photography and embracing a creative life.  You continue to inspire me. Dear listeners, you are only an internet click away from  Hanne on The World According to Dina, where you will meet up with The Fab Four of Cley. It is a place that welcomes life-affirming conversations.
25:58
December 8, 2020
Elizabeth Gauffreau Reading Telling Sonny
Season 2 Episode 58: Elizabeth Gauffreau Reading Telling Sonny “I am drawn to the inner lives of other people – what they care about, what they most desire, what causes them pain, what brings them joy. These inner lives become my characters.  I am here to share their stories.”  Elizabeth Gauffreau, Writer, Poet, Storyteller 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 introduced  bumps in the storyline. Living in the reality of Covid-19, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways.  Welcome to a new 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 Elizabeth Gauffreau, who has graciously agreed to be our guest author reading her novel, “Telling Sonny,” a story of a son who became an afterthought, told by a mother who had once loved the vaudeville show. Telling Sonny is available on Amazon. Listeners, you would be interested to know that much of Elizabeth’s fiction is inspired by her family history, and lately she has developed an interest in writing about her family’s genealogy. Learn about her attempts to stick to the facts of her family history by visiting Elizabeth at http://genealogylizgauffreau.com. Thank you for joining Elizabeth and me on Tea Toast & Trivia, Authors Reading Their Books. I invite you to meet up with Elizabeth on Goodreads.  You are only an internet click away from  her website lizgauffreau.com. It is a place where stories dwell. Until next time, stay safe, be well.
18:58
December 1, 2020
Dave Astor on Comics, Cartoons & Confessions
Season 2 Episode 57: Dave Astor on Comics, Cartoons & Confessions “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”  Charles Schulz 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 to Vancouver. Listeners, you will remember that Dave Astor’s book, Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels” was one of my first 2020 reads! It was a marvelous collection of delicious literary trivia. And you know how I love trivia!! Today, Dave has come back to talk about comics, cartoons, confessions, and his first book, “Comic (And Column) Confessional,” which covers an extraordinary period in media history that witnessed the advent of the digital revolution, media mergers, and the shrinking newspaper business that changed journalism forever. This conversation came about when I read Dave’s post on October 5, 2020 celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1950 debut of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts.”  I have followed Peanuts all my.  So how much influence does comics strips have on our society and cultural values?   Dave has a unique perspective on this question.  Put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Dave and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Dave.  You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on his blog. “Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”  Charles M. Schulz
25:55
November 24, 2020
Teagan Geneviene Reading Hullaba Lulu
S2 E56: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene Reading Hullaba LuLu 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 special 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, book readings at public libraries and bookstores have been curtailed.  We are learning to embrace technology in new ways. I am thrilled to introduce Teagan Geneviene, who will be our guest author reading her freshly published book, Hullaba Lulu – a Diesel-punk Adventure. We are embarking on a wild and woolly 1920's fantasy story. I am looking forward to meeting Lulu and tagging along on her adventure. But first 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. Thank you for joining Teagan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Teagan for introducing Hullaba Lulu in our virtual reading room. I invite your to meet up with Teagan at Teagan’s Books. You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure.
13:37
November 17, 2020
Resa McConaghy on Glamour, Fantasy & Art
Season 2 Episode 55: Resa McConaghy on Glamour, Fantasy and Art “Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl named Virginia who lived in the Empire D’Amore. Unfortunately, she was very poor, a seamstress for the wealthy merchants of the kingdom. One day, the Emperor D’Amore demanded that his son, Prince Will, marry. He decreed a holiday with a royal procession throughout the empire.” Resa McConaghy, Empress D’Amore – A Cheeky Fairytale Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am heading over the Rocky Mountains across the Prairie Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to the vibrant city of Toronto, Ontario to meet up with Resa McConaghy, a dear blogger friend, artist, photographer, and established costume designer in film, television, and digital media.  Resa has worked her costume designer magic on productions for Showtime, ABC, Disney, CBS, CBC, Hallmark, and more.   She brings out personalities with her costume designs and adds dramatic moods to each scene by balancing texture and colours. Resa’s mission is to enable the articulation of character through wardrobe.  And she does this brilliantly through storytelling.  An illustration of this talent is captured in Empress D’Amore – A Cheeky Fairytale, recently published on Flapper Press, an on-line magazine created by Elizabeth Gracen and an international team of talented artists and writers. Today, Resa invited us to Art Gowns, the world of art and glamourous fantasy. So, put the kettle on and add your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia.  I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. And a very special thank you and shout out to Resa –  you live life with compassion, hope and bold enthusiasm. Listeners,  I invite you to meet up with Resa on Art Gowns and Flapper Press. You are only an internet click away from the world of glamour and fantasy.
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November 10, 2020
Paul Andruss on Myths, Travel, Language & Writing
Season 2 Episode 54: Paul Andruss on Myths, Travel, Language & Writing Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am heading across the ocean to Wales, that beautiful country full of magic, mystery, music, and great writers. I am excited to introduce one of those great writers – Paul Andruss. He was born and reared in Liverpool. The city’s legendary Scouse wit and dogged stoicism has left its mark. Keen to get out into the world, Paul dropped out of college at 17. A year later he was taking exams at night school, while working in the local Tax Office.  Today, we are going to talk about Paul’s love of writing. 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. 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. Exciting News Update: All works, including The Jack Hughes Books Trilogy.  are scheduled for release with exciting new, independent Scottish publisher, Black Wolf Books. BLACK WOLF BOOKS http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/ https://blackwolfbooks.wixsite.com/black-wolf-books/our-authors https://blackwolfbooks.wixsite.com/black-wolf-books
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November 3, 2020
Sisters Unscripted on The Book Dialogue
Season 2 Episode 53: Sisters Unscripted on The Book Dialogue Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Much to the chagrin of my father, over 500 Harlequin romances were delivered to our doorstep in the early 1970’s, a gift from an uncle who owned a bookstore and had a delicious sense of humour. My sister, Sarah, and I were delighted by the stack of 1950’s and 1960’s romances with such names, if I remember correctly, as “A Promise is for Keeping,”  and “A Song to be Sung”.  Soon the marathon was underway, even as my father tempted us with non-fiction books strategically placed around our home. Sarah has always been a voracious reader, moving from genre to genre with a dexterity that leaves me breathless. While I followed my father’s footsteps into non-fiction, she embraced fiction from sci-fi to fantasy to historical to romance. And then quite suddenly, the trajectory of our reading changed. I have rediscovered the marvelous world of fiction and Sarah has made a pivotal foray into the non-fiction arena. Sarah and I discuss our reading experiences in The Book Dialogue” podcast, an unscripted discussion of books we love, hosted by Sarah. Tea Toast & Trivia is pleased to present an upcoming podcast scheduled to be published on The Book Dialogue. Until next time, dear listeners, keep safe and be well.
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October 27, 2020
Martha’s Story
Season 2 Episode 52: Martha’s 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. Manitoba Canada. That was my home growing up. If you look at a map of Canada, Manitoba is the in the centre of the country with its provincial neighbours, Saskatchewan to the west, Ontario to the East, and to the north, the territory of Nunavut. To the South, we share the US/Canadian Border with North Dakota and Minnesota. You may know of some others who came from Manitoba. Neil Young, Burton Cummings/The Guess Who, Randy Bachman/Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bif Naked and Fred Penner. In fact, Tom Cochrane lived for a time in my hometown of Lynn Lake. From literary authur, Carol Shields, to WWII spymaster Sir William Stephenson who was the inspiration for James Bond, to Bobby Hull of the Winnipeg Jets, to the character of Winnie-the Pooh who was named after Manitoba’s capital city Winnipeg – Manitoba is a place of many stories. Today I want to go back to the past, and hear a story from the 1940’s. It all started when I left Lynn Lake to attend college. That was when I first met Martha. Students in residence at the college were given a task. Martha was a library helper, and I was given the task of vacuuming the library. Martha became a librarian, and I well, I still enjoy taking the vacuum out for a spin. This is Martha’s story to tell, but there are times when it is impossible to connect across the miles via technology. Thankfully, letter writing continues to thrive. While Martha cannot be present in the form of her actual voice, she has given me permission to share the story of her parents, Diedrich and Sarah, and of their life on the farm in the 1940’s. For those who have listened to my conversations with my mother, Frances, you will see the similarities of communities working together. I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this vibrant discussion on Tea, Toast & Trivia.com.
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October 20, 2020
The Trio on Dunbar's Number
Season 2 Episode 51: The Trio on Dunbar’s Number Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.  What better time than today to discussion the idea of friendship? I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to consider Dunbar’s number, which is a theoretical limit to the number of people with whom any individual can sustain a stable or meaningful social relationship.  This term was first proposed in the 1990’s by Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist and psychologist.  The number that is suggested is 150 people. Does Dunbar’s number signify friendship?  How do we define friendship?  Is friendship the same as a stable or meaningful social relationship? We invite you to put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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October 13, 2020
Klausbernd Vollmar on Colours of Life
S 2 E50: Klausbernd Vollmar on Colours of Life "Every colour has its personality and a different impact on us. Colour sends out a vibration like every person does. This vibration interferes with that of its onlooker. That’s why we like certain colours and dislike others even if this is mostly unconsciously.." Klausbernd Vollmar, Scientific Psychologist, Author Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am travelling over 7,500 kilometers to  Cley-Next-The-Sea, an idyllic artists’ village situated on the River Glaven in Norfolk, England. I am meeting up with my dear blogger friend, and professional author, Klausbernd Vollmar, who is an authority on colour theory and in the language of symbols in dreams and art. Klausbernd Vollmar graduated with a (MA) in German and Nordic literature, philosophy, geology, and linguistics at the University of Bochum/Germany. In Finland and Germany, he worked as assistant professor specializing in symbol systems. Winning a postgraduate scholarship by the Canada Council , he came to Canada and worked for four years as lecturer at the McGill University/Montreal. He was an editor of several magazines in Germany, Canada, and Greece. Klausbernd studied and graduated in general and clinical psychology at the Ruhr-University/Germany. Working in Germany and England in a private practice, his writing specialized on colour and symbolism.  His website is www.kbvollmar.com I enjoy following the extraordinary adventures of The Fab Four of Cley on their blog, The World According to Dina. I continue to learn from the vibrant discussions that open new avenues of exploration. I am thrilled that Klausbernd has graciously agreed to share his insights on colour theory with us on Tea Toast & Trivia podcast.  He wrote that “I dealt life long with colours as my friends.” This is your invitation to join Klausbernd and me in an extraordinary conversation on the vitality and influence of colour in our lives. So, put the kettle on add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia. Dear listeners, thank you for joining Klausbernd and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And remember –  you are only an internet click away from Klausbernd on The World According to Dina, where you will meet up with The Fab Four of Cley. It is a place that welcomes life-affirming discussions.  Until next time, stay safe, be well.
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October 5, 2020
Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene on Writing Steampunk
Season 2 Episode 49: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene on Writing Steampunk Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. just finished reading a riveting tale of an old lost Valentine and the shenanigans that ensue when it turns up. The intrepid, Fiona Finch, and her brother Steele – along with a helping “wing” from Quellie the duck, work to bring two long ago sweethearts back together.  This story is a Steampunk Novelette. Steampunk is a new word for me and the first time I have encountered Steampunk literature.  I want to know more about this form of writing Today, I am connecting across the miles to meet up with my blogger friend, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, the writer who gave us ,“Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine: A Steampunk Novelette.” Be prepared for an exciting adventure – Teagan is taking us back into time. But first put the kettle on and add your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Teagan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to you, Teagan – I enjoy our conversations and following your remarkable blog. News Update: Hullaba Lulu – a Diesel-punk Adventure is ready to launch! Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is finally at the dieselpunk train station.  Teagan has given us another brilliant escapade. We are embarking on a wild and woolly 1920s fantasy story. I am looking forward to meeting Lulu and tagging alone on her adventure. Listeners,  I invite your to meet up with Teagan at  https://teagansbooks.com/ You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure. Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene You can also visit Teagan at: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordai… Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangenev… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-… LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangen…
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September 29, 2020
Mary Jo Malo on a Poet’s Calling
Season 2 Episode 48: Mary Jo Malo on a Poet’s Calling A word has power Whether mined by demagogues for control or carved into stone for memorial It can carry us into exile From ourselves From our homes A word can steel the heart or build an edifice of faith in the future It sifts or unites and defines Yet destroy the word You steal time. Mary Jo Malo, Stele 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.  There are times when it is impossible to connect across the miles via technology.  Today, Mary Jo Malo and I are establishing a new dynamic in podcasting in the form of letter writing, which many consider a lost art.  And yet, Mary Jo and I believe that letter writing has not been forgotten. Thank you dear listeners,  for joining Mary Jo and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Mary Jo.  I invite you to meet up with Mary Jo on her blog, This Shining Wound, Original Poetry by Mary Jo Malo.  It is a place where the music of words dwell.  Until next time, stay safe, be well.
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September 22, 2020
Tides of Change with Joan Dunnett
Season 2 Episode 47: Tides of Change with Joan Dunnett It is May 1704, and we are at sea just off the east coast of Scotland…. “James Lightfoot didn’t want to be put ashore at Figgate Whins. It was a dangerous place. He might be robbed of his remaining few possessions. He waited on the deck of the merchantman while the crew loaded bundles onto the boat: probably luxury goods to be smuggled into England. The ship’s legitimate cargo was bound for Leith.” Joan Dunnett, Tides of Change. Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Pirates, spies, danger, and Scotland are all found in my current read, “Tides of Change.” You will be happy to know that I am heading over to Edinburgh, Scotland today to meet up with Joan Dunnett, the author of “Tides of Change.”  We are going back in time, so take a warm coat and be prepared for an extraordinary journey.  But first, put the kettle on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Joan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Joan, for sharing your love of history and storytelling.  And a shout out to my dear blogger friend and frequent podcast guest, Liz Humphreys, from “Leaping Life” who recommended, “Tides of Change.”  I am adding my recommendation to Liz’s and invite you to meet up with Joan Dunnett on Goodreads.  You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure.  Until next time we meet, be safe and be well.
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September 15, 2020
The Trio on Milestones
Season 2 Episode 46: The Trio on Milestones Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to share our thoughts on milestones.  What are they?  When to they occur?  How do we remember and celebrate these pivotal moments? So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” Nelson Mandela
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September 8, 2020
Brian on the Fear of Missing Out
Season 2 Episode 45: Brian on Fear of Missing Out 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.  Today,  I’m heading over the Canadian Rockies to St. Albert, Alberta. Brian, my brother, has come back to continue the conversation  on embracing a greater journey. In our last podcast, we discussed the stages of life, from childhood to old age.  How do we live the fullest in that stage of life that we find ourselves in? How do we embrace the twists and turns that life gives us? How do we gracefully give up the things of youth and embrace the age of active wisdom? Today, Brian and I will be discussing FOMO, which is the short form of “fear of missing out” is that uncomfortable, even anxious, feeling you get when think that other people might be having a good time without you.  Going back to the stage concept, FOMO can happen at any place on that life I understand that this can happen at any point on that “from childhood to old age” timeline. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation on TeaToastTrivia.com
14:56
September 1, 2020
Heading into the Library with Dave Astor
Season 2 Episode 44: Heading into the Library with Dave Astor Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” Neil Gaiman 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 to Vancouver. Today, we are heading to the library. So, listeners, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on TeaToastTrivia. I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Welcome Dave, thank you stopping by for a visit. You once said that “Books are there for us, even in the most difficult of circumstances.” If books are the best companions and a comfort during times of uncertainty, libraries are the places to go to build our resilience and courage. We are entering our fourth month of what I call the Covid19 solitude, which began on March 11, 2020 when the WHO declared a pandemic. During this time, libraries have closed their doors but have continued to be an invaluable resource and guide to the virtual and digital world.  Dave and I are celebrating libraries and librarians who share their knowledge, wisdom, and experience. Thank you for joining Dave and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Dave. He continues to inspire me.  You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature. There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on his blog.
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August 25, 2020
Elisabeth Gauffreau on Tanka Poetry
Season 2 Episode 43: Elizabeth Gauffreau on Tanka Poetry 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, Tanka Poetry Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am delighted and thrilled  that my dear friend,  writer and poet, Elizabeth Gauffreau, has come back to share her insights into an ancient style of poetry.  We are once again bridging the 3897 kilometers, as the crow flies,  between New Hampshire and Vancouver. Several months ago, Liz introduced me to Tanka poetry.  In a few words, emotions, memories, and intentions come together.  This is going to be an exciting conversation. So put the kettle on and add to the discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia.
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August 18, 2020
Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale
Season 2 E42: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. “We still, alas, cannot forestall it This dreadful ailment’s heavy toll; The spleen is what the English call it, We call it simply, Russian soul.." Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Elisabeth Van Der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from Finland, the far distance of 7,514 km from Vancouver.  We have come to the end, the grand finale, of the Eugene Onegin Challenge. We are at the unforgettable chapter eight, where everything become clear.  Or does it? So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. When we first started this journey, Elizabeth wrote in her blog: “With this challenge I hope to add something extra to your reading experience that will make it more interesting, intense, attentive, and (even more) enjoyable. I will be eating, dreaming, thinking, hearing Eugene Onegin for the next four months and I can’t wait to find out what the end result will be!” Elisabeth Van Der Meer We may have completed the challenge, but the pathway continues into the far horizon.  There are more adventures ahead on A Russian Affair with Elizabeth Van Der Meer.   Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
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August 11, 2020
The Art of Romance with Shehanne Moore
Season 2 Episode 41: The Art of Romance with Shehanne Moore If her body was fed to the crows in one-inch pieces, before her eyes and all she needed to do to stop it was kiss him, she’d sooner the crows didn’t go hungry.." Shehanne Moore,  The Unraveling of Lady Fury Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am travelling approximately 8,000 kilometres from Vancouver to Broughty Ferry, Scotland,  Dundee’s Historic Seaside Village, to meet up with my friend and Shehanne Moore, the writer who has given us the exciting historical romance, “The Unraveling of Lady Fury.” When not cuddling inn signs in her beloved Scottish mountains alongside Mr. Shey, or spending time with their family, Shehanne Moore writes dark and smexy historical romance, featuring bad boys who need a bad girl to sort them out. Put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Shehanne and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Shehanne.  I invite your to meet up with Shehanne on her blog, Shehanne Moore . Be warned, you are only an internet click away from being swept away in a daring adventure.
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August 4, 2020
Patricia Sands on Telling Your Story
Season 2 Episode 40: Patricia Sands on Telling Your Story Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” Norman Vincent Peale “Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.” Drawing Lessons, Patricia Sands Transitions, art, and France are all found in my current read, “Drawing Lessons.” I am delighted and thrilled that the brilliant storyteller, Patricia Sands, the author of Drawing Lessons is joining us today and bridging the distance of 3,364 km between Vancouver and Toronto. We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Patricia’s first book, “The Bridge Club,” which was published in 2010.  Based loosely on her bridge club, the story weaves the reader through a maze of life’s inevitable scenarios. So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Exiting news for Book Clubs. Patricia has an open invitation to get together in someone’s home to talk about her books via Zoom, phone, or FaceTime!  Choose one of Patricia’s novels, decide on a date and time, and have someone from your group email Patricia at patriciasandsauthor@gmail.com or message her through Facebook or Instagram @patricialsands. A special thank you, Patricia, for this extraordinary conversation. I am delighted that we have connected. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well. And remember you are only an internet click away from Patricia and the South of France on  patriciasandsauthor.com
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July 28, 2020
Joan Hudson on The Artist’s Journey
Season 2 Episode 39: Joan Hudson on the Artist’s Journey.  Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am heading over to England today to what has been called Somerset’s most charming town –  Clevedon, situated on the Bristol Channel famous for its magnificent pier.  The pier was completed in 1869 as a landing point for paddle steamers, carrying passengers along the Severn Estuary from Wales and Devon. I am meeting up with Clevedon’s famed artist, Joan Hudson, a dear friend who has invited me for afternoon tea in her summer garden.  You are invited to join us and share in an extraordinary conversation about art, imagination, and embracing our creativity. Thank you, Joan for your invitation to tea.  I have been looking forward to this discussion. Thank you for sharing this moment with Joan and me.   Your visit and comments are very much appreciated.  You can meet up with Joan on Instagram at Joan.hudson3 or her blog On the Bright Side. Until next time dear friends, take care and be safe. P.S. In our discussion, Joan mentioned Alice Strang’s initiative in response to the global lockdown, which can be viewed at this link: Digital art in a time of virus. "Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Alice Strang, is a keen user of social media channels Twitter and Instagram, matching current affairs with works in the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection. With the closure of our Galleries following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), not only is everyone joined in common concerns but the power of art to boost morale, in digital form, is becoming more apparent every day." National Galleries Scotland
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July 21, 2020
Frances on the Art of Aging
Season 2 Episode 38: Frances on the Art of Aging Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. A few weeks ago, my mother,  Frances, and I were discussing the aging process, something that we all have in common.  I think of the quote by Andy Rooney: “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” There are many self-help books and articles that promise ways in which we can age gracefully and provide tips on how to stay sharp and look amazing.  When Frances suggested that, for her, it was books that added joy to the aging process,   I asked whether she would share her thoughts on a short podcast.  Since we were on our mobile phones, rather than in-person, we did not know whether the audio would have enough clarity.  Thanks to our techie, we have a short discussion about books, life and embracing who we are at any age. So put the kettle on and add to this discussion. We would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. Until next time, dear friends, keep safe and be well.
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July 14, 2020
The Trio on Goal Setting
Season 2 Episode 37: The Trio Goal Setting Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss goal setting.  We want to seek progress, to live our best lives, to be recognized and valued for our contributions.  There are many ideas and opinions about goal setting.    We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
10:40
July 7, 2020
Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys
Season 2 Episode 36: Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys My dear blogger friend, Liz Humphreys from her blog Leaping Life and I have once again bridged the 7,059 kilometres between Edinburgh and Vancouver to discuss, well, let me give you a hint: ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited.’ Yes, Liz and I will be discussing Daphne du Maurier. Put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Liz from the blog, Leaping Life and to heavenali, who hosted Daphne du Maurier Reading week May 11 – 17, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
Traveling the Mists of Ancient Orkney with Lorna Brown
Season 2 Episode 35: Traveling the Mists of Ancient Orkney with Lorna Brown Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Join me as I travel across the ocean to Orkney, where the fresh sea air and rugged landscape captures the spirit of daring souls.  I am delighted that I am meeting up with my friend, Lorna Brown of See Orkney Tours, who was our family’s intrepid guide through the mists of ancient Orkney.  We touched the Standing Stones of Stenness and traced the prehistoric path of the Ring of Brodgar. Travel plans may have been placed on hold, but for today imagine that you have joined Lorna and me on the white sandy beach that leads up to Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old Neolithic village. Do you feel the chilly breeze off the ocean?  It is sunny, a perfect day to begin our adventure. So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation.I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. A special thank you to Lorna for sharing the stories of Orkney. She has promised to come back for another conversation.  Until then, you can meet up with her at See Orkney Tours Until next time, keep safe and be well.
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June 23, 2020
Elisabeth on the Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2
Season 2 Episode 34: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2 Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Elisabeth Van Der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from Finland, the far distance of 7,514 km from Vancouver.  Elisabeth promised to come back and talk about the  “The Eugene Onegin Challenge” which is happening on her blog, A Russian Affair. As you know, I have taken up the challenge and am reading Alexander Pushkin’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, which he wrote over the course of eight years. The adventure is underway. So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. “With this challenge I hope to add something extra to your reading experience that will make it more interesting, intense, attentive, and (even more) enjoyable. I will be eating, dreaming, thinking, hearing Eugene Onegin for the next four months and I can’t wait to find out what the end result will be!” Elisabeth Van Der Meer
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June 16, 2020
The Trio on Should we learn another language?
Season 2 Episode 33: The Trio on Learning a New Language Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia! Thank you for listening in! I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss – should we learn another language? In 2019, UNESCO launched a special website dedicated to the International Year of Indigenous languages (IY2019) The purpose of this website is to increase the awareness about the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages around the world. There are some 6.000-7.000 languages in the world today. About 97% of the world’s population speaks only 4 % of these languages, while only 3% of the world speak 96% of all remaining languages. IMPORTANT CORRECTION: In the podcast I stated that 7000 languages would be lost by the end of this century. I should have said: “It is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of the over 6,000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only an irreplaceable cultural heritage, but also valuable ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages. UNESCO’s Endangered Languages Programme So, put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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June 9, 2020
Jean-Jacques Fournier The Poetry of Crows & Ravens
Season 2 Episode 32: Jean-Jacques Fournier The Poetry of Crows & Ravens I am delighted and thrilled that my dear friend and poet; Jean-Jacques Fournier is with me today to speak about crows, and ravens within his poetry. As background, ravens and crows are embedded within our mythologies from ancient times. In Greek mythology the crow was a symbol of Apollo in his role as god of prophecy. In Norse mythology, Odin is portrayed by a raven.  In Celtic mythology, Morrighan, the warrior goddess appears in the form of a crow or raven. Crows and ravens have been envisioned as a mediator animal between life and death.  They have been known as tricksters and mischief makers. Jean-Jacques has great insight into these magnificent creatures. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion, on Tea Toast & Trivia.
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June 2, 2020
Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge
S2 E31 Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.Thank you for listening in. Elisabeth van der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from Finland, the far distance of 7,514 km from Vancouver. Elisabeth issued “The Eugene Onegin Challenge” which is happening on her blog, A Russian Affair. I have taken up the challenge and am reading Alexander Pushkin’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, which he wrote over the course of eight years. Elisabeth has introduced the characters, Onegin, Lensky, Tatyana, Olga, and yes, Pushkin. The adventure is underway. So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
19:04
May 26, 2020
The Trio on Living in the Time of Covid19
Season 2 Episode 30: The Trio on Living in the Time of Covid19 Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.   I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah to share our thoughts on living in the time of Covid19. How do we embrace a new reality within this unexpected worldwide disruption?  Within a few short weeks, the terms “social distancing” and “self-isolation” have become household phrases. Now we must reinvent how we connect, show kindness and compassion to others and ourselves. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation. We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” Wendell Berry
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May 19, 2020
Sylvia on the Joy of Music
Season 2 Episode 29: Sylvia on the Joy of Music Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, I am delighted that Sylvia, a remarkable blogger and dear friend, has come back on Tea Toast & Trivia. We are once again bridging the 4,245 kilometres, as the crow flies, between Florida and British Columbia I have followed Sylvia’s blog, Another Day In Paradise, for many years.  And the name says it all. Sylvia has created a place that welcomes and encourages life-affirming conversations. In our last podcast conversation in February,  Sylvia and I thought to explore the idea of travelling. Sylvia has traveled extensively, visiting forty countries, and embarking on two round-the-world trips. And then the world changed. Who would have known that the entire world would enter a period of solitude? In a recent blog post, Sylvia wrote, “Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday. Remember that happiness is the new rich, inner peace is the new success, good health is the new wealth and kindness is the new cool.” Sylvia’s courage during an uncertain time inspires me. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion on TeaToastTrivia.com
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May 12, 2020
Liz Gauffreau on the Art of Writing
Season 2 Episode 28: Liz Gauffreau on The Art of Writing Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am delighted and thrilled that my dear friend,  writer and poet, Elizabeth Gauffreau  and I are bridging the 3,897 kilometers, as the crow flies, between New Hampshire and Vancouver. Liz holds a BA in English/Writing from Old Dominion University and an MA in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She is the Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Assessment at Champlain College Online in Burlington, Vermont. Her fiction publications include short stories in Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Long Story, Soundings East, Ad Hoc Monadnock, Rio Grande Review, Blueline, Slow Trains, Hospital Drive, and Serving House Journal, among others. Her poetry has appeared in The Writing On The Wall, The Larcom Review, and Natural Bridge. So, it will not come as a surprise that today’s discussion is on The Art of Writing. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. Welcome Liz and thank you for joining the podcast conversation and sharing your insights on writing. Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you and shout out to Liz, who continues to inspire me.  You are only an internet click away from  Liz on lizgauffreau.com. It is a place where stories dwell. Until next time, stay safe, be well.
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May 5, 2020
The Trio on Communication
Season 2 Episode 27: The Trio on Communication Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. April 27th is “Morse Code Day”  which commemorates Samuel F.B. Morse and the Morse Code, an event that forever changed the way our world conveyed messages. The sound of the staccato taps reminds me of adventures past and the darker days of wartime when the transfer of information was critical to victory. So, it is serendipitous that I am posting a podcast on communication. Frances, Sarah and I taped this podcast before the world entered a time of solitude. Little did we know that, once again, our global community would soon experience a challenge that would impact the way we dialogue and connect. So put the kettle on and add to the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
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April 28, 2020
Irena on Curling, Connecting Canada & Scotland
Season 2 Episode 26: Irena on Curling, Connecting Canada & Scotland Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, I am delighted that my dear friend, Irena, has joined Tea Toast & Trivia to bridge the 972  kilometres, between Calgary and Alberta. 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 amid the majestic Canadian Rockies. Irena and I will be discussing Curling, the sport that Canada has embraced as an essential winter pastime. What is curling? How many players?  How do you win? Where did it originate? And why is it most firmly established in Canada? Put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on TeaToastTrivia. Irena and I would love to hear your thoughts! “It might look complicated when you watch curling on TV, but when it comes right down to it, our sport is pretty easy to understand — once you learn some of the basic terminology and strategies. This is where you can start your learning process to find out how the game of curling works. And then you can get onto the ice and have fun with the rest of us!”Curling.ca
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April 20, 2020
A Hero’s Journey
S2.E25 A Hero's Journey Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia  Thank you for listening in.  I’m your host, Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you. As I wait for my tea to steep, I think back to marvelous stories and ancient legends. Hercules, Perseus, Theseus – these were the myths for which I searched the libraries as a 10-year-old.  Magnificent heroes, blessed with superhuman strength and unfaltering courage, forged their destinies through journeys fraught with danger and treachery.  As time passed, I chose new stories to take their place.  Ones that were more in line with what I considered credible and more suitable for my reality.  While I still enjoyed the hero myths, I lost that singular childhood enthusiasm.  When I grew older, I became less sure of their relevance in my life. Indeed, the word “mythology” has the implication that what has been written is so fantastic that it simply cannot be true. That being the case, what significance can be given to these narratives?  The real question is, do we still need heroes? The heroic story is not only limited to Greek mythology; rather there are common elements through all mythologies that speak to the need for a hero, a model, someone who can be emulated, someone who makes us proud to be human.  Their journeys are more about overcoming an internal conflict than achieving an external victory.  The quest pattern begins with a journey over land or sea into the unknown.  The hero confronts danger to bring back a person, object or knowledge. Gilgamesh  overcame despair and grief in his pursuit of the meaning of life. Jason led the Argonauts on an expedition in search of the Golden Fleece to secure his kingship. Hercules performed twelve labours and achieved immortality. Our modern world still holds these same qualities is high regard.  We pursue a “Golden Fleece”, the symbol of authority, to establish our position within society.   We identify with Gilgamesh  in our search for the meaning of life.  We live in a finite existence, yet we recognize the possibility of the infinite, of immortality. We need hero myths to remind us we are on a personal quest that celebrates the life that has been granted. A Hero’s journey ends with enlightenment, with a new-found understanding.   It is seeing that our decisions and responses within a difficult situation give voice to the greater narrative There is meaning and consequences in everything we do. We travel the path of heroes.
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April 14, 2020
Dave Astor on Writing
Season 2. Episode 24: Dave Astor On Writing 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 to Vancouver.  Welcome Dave, thank you stopping by for a visit. I enjoy our conversations. As you all know, the book on top of my 2020 stack of books, is Dave Astor’s Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: The Book Lover’s Guide to Literary Trivia. Dave has a marvelous way of going deep to find the story that is hidden in the folds of history. A few days ago, I read this brilliant comment: “When things are hard, books are there.” Books are the best companions and a comfort during times of uncertainty. They build our resilience and courage. I have been very interested in the transition from reading to writing. For some, it seems to be a natural progression. Dave is here to answer questions about his experience in writing. So listeners, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on TeaToastTrivia.com Thank you for joining Dave and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Dave. He continues to inspire me. You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on his blog.
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April 7, 2020
Frances on Embracing Change in the 1930’s
Season 2.Episode 23: Frances on Embracing Change in the 1930’s Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. A few weeks ago, Frances and I were discussing the Great Depression, the severe worldwide economic depression of the 1930’s, which started in 1929.  We still talk about with the market crash of October 29, 1929 known as Black Tuesday.  It was a decade that experienced the most extensive, deepest, and most widespread depression in the 20th century.  It gripped the entire world with devastating consequences.  Unemployment was as high as 25% in the United States and for some countries, unemployment rose as high as 33%.  Frances lived through the decade of the 1930’s and has talked about those years in a series of podcasts. This podcast is about the transition between the 1920’s, a decade of plenty and the 1930’s, the decade that would change the world. Frances and my discussion occurred before we knew that our world would soon face a global challenge,  Frances’s memories remind us that by working together we can overcome this challenge.  So put the kettle on and add to the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. One last thought – comes from Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
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April 1, 2020
Frances on the Art of Canning
Season 2.Episode 22: Frances on The Art of Canning Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.  Thank you for listening in. A few weeks ago, Frances and I were discussing the Great Depression, the severe worldwide economic depression of the 1930’s, which started in 1929.  One of the questions that came up was food supplies and production. This led to a great discussion on the art of canning, a method of preserving food in which the food contents are processed and sealed in airtight containers. As our world faces a new global challenge, Frances’s memories remind us that working together we can overcome challenges, such as food storage, production and safety.  So put the kettle on and add to the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. One last thought – comes from J.R.R. Tolkien : “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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March 24, 2020
Frances on the Great Depresssion
Season 2.Episode 21: Frances on The Great Depression Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. A few weeks ago, Frances and I were discussing the Great Depression, the severe worldwide economic depression of the 1930’s, which started in 1929.  We still talk about the market crash of October 29, 1929 known as Black Tuesday.  The 1930’s was a decade that experienced the most extensive, deepest, and widespread depression in the 20th century.  It gripped the entire world with devastating consequences.  Unemployment was as high as 25% in the United States and for some countries, unemployment rose as high as 33%.  Frances lived through the 1930’s and has talked about those years in a series of podcasts. As our world faces a new global challenge, Frances’s memories remind us that by working together we can accomplish great things.  So put the kettle on and add to the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. One last thought – comes from Franklin D. Roosevelt : “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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March 17, 2020
The Trio on Joy
Season 2. Episode 20: The Trio on Joy Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in.   I am joined by my mother, Frances, and my sister, Sarah, to discuss a subject that is very close to my heart. How do we define joy? How do we acknowledge our need for individuality as a well as  connection and belonging within a compassionate community? So put the kettle on and add to the conversation. We would love to hear your thoughts on TeaToastTrivia.com I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore
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March 10, 2020
Frances on Building A Sod House
Season 2.Episode 19: Frances on Building a Sod House Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Today, Frances looks back to a time when sod houses or soddies were the homes of early settlers on the frontiers of the Great Plains of Canada and the United States. When the prairie lacked standard building materials such as wood or stone, sod from thick, toughly rooted prairie grass was abundant, free, and could be used for house construction. So put the kettle on and add to the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. One last thought – comes from Maya Angelou “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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March 6, 2020
Elisabeth on Alexander Pushkin’s Duel
Season 2. Episode 18: Elisabeth on Alexander Pushkin’s Dual Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Elisabeth van der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from the far distance of 7,514 km or 4,669 miles. We are connecting Finland and Canada via Russian Literature. Elisabeth has come back to discuss Alexander Pushkin, poet, playwright and novelist of the Romantic era. He is considered the father of modern Russian literature and some say that he was the greatest of all Russian writers. Bold, impetuous and daring, he lived with enthusiasm. So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. I highly recommend Elisabeth’s  “The Eugene Onegin Challenge” that is happening on her blog, A Russian Affair.  Right now, I am reading Alexander Pushkin’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, which he wrote over the course of eight years.  Elisabeth has introduced the characters, Onegin, Lenski, Tatyana, Olga, and yes, Pushkin.  The adventure is ready to begin… “With this challenge I hope to add something extra to your reading experience that will make it more interesting, intense, attentive, and (even more) enjoyable. I will be eating, dreaming, thinking, hearing Eugene Onegin for the next four months and I can’t wait to find out what the end result will be!” Elisabeth van der Meer Music by Leimoti, "Jeanne in a Waltz" Epidemic Sound
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March 3, 2020
Frances on Community & the Ladies’ Aid
Season 2.Episode 17: Frances on Community and the Ladies’ Aid Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.  Thank you for listening in. Frances and I are in the sewing room again, with the material stacked on one side of the room and on the other, the finished costumes for an upcoming dance performance.  It’s exciting to see the progress, week to week on the colourful tutus and jazz outfits. This week, our conversations turned to my mother’s recollection of the Ladies’ Aid Society.  As background, Ladies’ Aid Societies were formed during the American Civil War.  Women worked tirelessly to provide supplies to soldiers on the battlefield and to care for sick and wounded soldiers. They raised money, sewed quilts and provided sanitary supplies to solders to stop the spread of disease.  When the war was over, many Ladies’ Aid Societies continued their good work. Today, my mother shares her memories of the Ladies’ Aid Society of her community that worked together in the 1930’s and 1940’s. So put the kettle on and add to the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your insights on TeaToastTrivia.com. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you. Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia. One last thought – comes from Helen Keller: “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.
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February 28, 2020