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The Book Dialogue

The Book Dialogue

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Two sisters in conversation about books, how they change lives, enrich our communities and allow us to grow and evolve as people.

Sarah Ahmadi and Rebecca Budd
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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
S3 E12: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Sarah shares her thoughts on “Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. “Silent Spring inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later. It is recognized as the environmental text that “changed the world.” She aimed at igniting a democratic activist movement that would not only question the direction of science and technology but would also demand answers and accountability. Rachel Carson was a prophetic voice and her “witness for nature” is even more relevant and needed if our planet is to survive into a 22nd century.” RachelCarson.org Music by Megan Wofford "Uprise" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/hZvV2P52av/
10:54
November 30, 2022
Dave Astor and Fascinating Facts
Dave Astor and Fascinating Facts
S3 E11 Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: The Book Lover’s Guide to Literary Trivia Rebecca shares her thought on, “Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: The Book Lover’s Guide to Literary Trivia” by Dave Astor “Literature can send our minds to another time and place, allowing us to forget our lives and troubles for a few precious hours. It can educate us about history, open our minds, increase our empathy, make us think, give us things to converse about, and/or provide plenty of excitement along with the escapism.” Dave Astor
13:03
November 14, 2022
The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine's Daughters
The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine's Daughters
S3 E10: The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine’s Daughters Sarah shares her thoughts on “The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine’s Daughters” by Rachel Trethewey. As complex in their own way as their Mitford cousins, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s daughters each had a unique relationship with their famous father. Rachel Trethewey’s biography, The Churchill Sisters, tells their story. Drawing on previously unpublished family letters from the Churchill archives,  Rachel Trethewey brings Winston’s daughters out of the shadows and tells their remarkable stories for the first time. Rachel Trethewey, “The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine’s Daughters: “Theirs was a double-edged sword. Being Winston’s daughters opened up a world of privilege and opportunity, but it also raised expectations. Their positions as handmaids to the great man were the easy part of their role; establishing meaningful lives of their own away from their charismatic clan was harder. Sadly, Marigold died too young to achieve her potential, but Diana, Sarah and Mary coped in very different ways with the demands of living up to their famous name.” Music by Claude Signet "Still Water Flows" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/qfyDdblawD/
16:52
November 02, 2022
The Things We Dare Not Tell by Henry Lawson
The Things We Dare Not Tell by Henry Lawson
S3 E9: The Things We Dare Not Tell by Henry Lawson Welcome to The Book Dialogue. My name is Sarah and I’m so glad that you joined me today.  The Book Dialogue is an exploration of poetry and books, philosophy, and all the things in life that happen and occur in and around us. We have wonderful conversations, and I would love you to be able to join us in the conversation. Today, I will be reciting a poem by Henry Lawson.  His words are a powerful reminder of how we must reach out beyond ourselves to ensure that we don’t take people at surface value. But to look beneath that façade they wear to see the heart. The Things We Dare Not Tell The fields are fair in autumn yet, and the sun’s still shining there, But we bow our heads and we brood and fret, because of the masks we wear; Or we nod and smile the social while, and we say we’re doing well, But we break our hearts, oh, we break our hearts! for the things we must not tell. There’s the old love wronged ere the new was won, there’s the light of long ago;   There’s the cruel lie that we suffer for, and the public must not know.    So we go through life with a ghastly mask, and we’re doing fairly well, While they break our hearts, oh, they kill our hearts! do the things we must not tell.    We see but pride in a selfish breast, while a heart is breaking there;   Oh, the world would be such a kindly world if all men’s hearts lay bare!   We live and share the living lie, we are doing very well,   While they eat our hearts as the years go by, do the things we dare not tell.   We bow us down to a dusty shrine, or a temple in the East,   Or we stand and drink to the world-old creed, with the coffins at the feast;   We fight it down, and we live it down, or we bear it bravely well,   But the best men die of a broken heart for the things they cannot tell. Thank you for joining me today on The Book Dialogue. We invite you to follow us on thebookdialogue.com or thebookdialogue.ca. As my sister is fond of saying, we like to think that we’re everywhere. So, join us in that everywhere and share what are you reading, what poem strikes your heart. We want to hear from you! Sarah & Rebecca Poetry Recitation:  Sarah Ahmadi #TheBookDialogue  Photography: Rebecca Budd   Music by Gavin Luke “All That You Will Be” #EpidemicSound   https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/PbIHP0zsMX/
05:28
September 08, 2022
The 5am Club: Own Your Morning Elevate Your Life
The 5am Club: Own Your Morning Elevate Your Life
S3 E8: The 5am Club: Own Your Morning Elevate Your Life Welcome to The Book Dialogue!   Thank you for listening in. Robin Sharma, The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.“Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself. Own your morning. Elevate your life.” Sarah shares her thoughts on Robin Sharma’s book, The 5am Club. Robin Sharma introduced The 5am Club concept over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity. Are you ready to join the 5am Club? Don’t forget to find us at The Book Dialogue and tell us about what you’re reading. Sarah & Rebecca Music by Howard Harper-Barners “We Were Children” https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/3uGeendIsV/
12:27
July 12, 2022
Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life
Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life
S3 E7: Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life Welcome to The Book Dialogue!   Thank you for listening in. Michael Caine, Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life: “In the end, if I could give you one bit of advice, it would be to find what you love and do it as well as you can. Pursue your dream. And, even if you never catch it, you’ll enjoy the chase. The rest comes down to luck, timing, and God, even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you.” Hollywood legend Michael Caine looks back on his remarkable acting career and shares insights and stories that inspire us to pursue our dreams. Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss Michael Caine’s book, Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life. Don’t forget to find us at The Book Dialogue and tell us about what you’re reading. Sarah & Rebecca
12:26
June 16, 2022
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamont
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamont
S3 E6: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott Welcome to The Book Dialogue!   Thank you for listening in. “Mercy is radical kindness. Mercy means offering or being offered aid in desperate straits. Mercy is not deserved. It involves absolving the unabsolvable, forgiving the unforgivable. Mercy brings us to the miracle of apology, given and accepted, to unashamed humility when we have erred or forgotten.” Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Anne Lamott defines “Mercy” as radical kindness.  What is radical kindness?  And how do we experience it within our daily interactions? Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss Anne Lamott’s book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Music by Johannes Bornlöf "As I Dream" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/4cUBo6wPFR/
11:05
June 03, 2022
The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
S3 E5: Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn’t generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He’s good at it, it’s addictively exciting—and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period.” Lawrence Block, The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza Welcome to The Book Dialogue! Thank you for listening in. Bernie Rhodenbarr is bookseller by day, thief by night.  It is a dynamic combination. Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza and the writer, Lawrence Block, who brought the character of Bernie Rhodenbarr to life. Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr series includes 11 novels.  Exciting News!!  In his most recent blog post dated May 21, 2022, Lawrence Block reveals there is another book on the horizon: The Burglar Who Met Fredric Brown. The story of the Liberty Head 1913 Nickel, complete with photos, is found at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Website. Perhaps there is a series that you would like to share with us. Join us on The Book Dialogue and tell us about what you are reading. Happy Reading! Sarah & Rebecca Music by The Fly Guy Five "Hide & Sneak" #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/tVPMXhPrX8/
12:10
May 26, 2022
The Cosy Mysteries
The Cosy Mysteries
S3 E4 Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss three of the murder mystery series that they are reading.  Hear about Harry and Kat in the Mydworth Mysteries; meet Alfie in the Bunburry Mysteries; or Hamish in M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth Mysteries.    Perhaps there is a series that you would like to share with us.  Don't forget to find us at www.thebookdialogue.com and tell us about what you're reading.
10:42
January 31, 2022
The Book Dialogue Embraces Video
The Book Dialogue Embraces Video
S3 E3:  We are so excited to be launching video content on this podcast!  Watch -- and let us know what you think -- AND what you're reading.  Let's start a conversation.
00:53
January 10, 2022
Angela Duckworth - The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth - The Power of Passion and Perseverance
S3 E2:  Join Rebecca and Sarah in discussing Angela Duckworth's book - "The Power of Passion and Perseverance."  You may have seen one of her TED Talks -- this book specifically talks about "grit."  This book is worth reading ... perhaps you might want to take the "grit test?"  Why don't you listen in and contribute to the conversation?  We'd love to hear from you.
19:41
January 04, 2022
The Weight of Ink
The Weight of Ink
S3 E1:  Join Sarah and Rebecca in the first podcast of 2022 - the Season 3 opener of The Book Dialogue is a celebration of the work of Rachel Kadish's book "The Weight of Ink."  Warning -- no spoilers - just a great conversation!  After listening, you'll want to run out and pick up a copy.  This is a book that must be on your reading list for 2022!  We'd love to hear what you think -- stop by www.thebookdialogue.com and let us know.
14:02
January 01, 2022
Flow
Flow
S2 E1: What is Flow?  How does one achieve it?  Join Rebecca and Sarah as they discuss Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book "Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities."  What are your thoughts on the subject?  Why not let us know?  Tell us on our website at www.thebookdialogue.com.  Thanks for listening in.  -- Sarah & Rebecca
17:37
April 07, 2021
Circe
Circe
S1 E14: Join Rebecca and Sarah as they discuss Madeline Miller's book, "Circe."   A Goodreads Choice 2018 winner, this is a must read book that is the story of the heroine, Circe, journey in the world of the Olympian gods.  You won't want to miss this one!
12:55
November 07, 2020
Lessons from Viktor Frankl and Eckhart Tolle
Lessons from Viktor Frankl and Eckhart Tolle
S1 E13: Join Rebecca and Sarah as they discussion Viktor Frankl's book,"Yes to Life," and Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now."  We'd love to hear your thoughts on how these two men have impacted your life.  Do you live in the now?  Do you find meaning in suffering?  Your ideas and experiences are valued.  Why not visit our website at www.thebookdialogue.com and share your thinking.
15:35
August 09, 2020
How Women Rise
How Women Rise
S1 E12:  Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss "How Women Rise" by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen.  Do women and men behave differently in the workplace?  Join the conversation as we talk through the 12 habits that are holding women back in advancing their careers.  Do you agree? Listen and let us know your thoughts.  Don't forget to check out our website at www.thebookdialogue.com.
19:34
July 22, 2020
Creativity - Are you born with it or can it be cultivated?
Creativity - Are you born with it or can it be cultivated?
S1 E11:  Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss creativity and whether or not you must be born with the ability to be creative or whether there are ways that you can develop your creativity.  Listen in and then join the conversation!  We'd love to hear from you at www.thebookdialogue.com.
17:51
May 05, 2020
The Witcher
The Witcher
S1 E10:  Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss the importance of including fiction literature in your reading list!  And ... this is one set of books that you will want to add to that list.
12:31
April 04, 2020
The Secrets We Kept
The Secrets We Kept
S1 E9:  Reading a story ... how does reading enhance our life?  How do we experience life through the telling of a tale?  Can fiction be educational?  Listen to Rebecca and Sarah as they discuss, "The Secrets We Kept," by Lara Prescott."  Why don't you join the conversation?  Come find us on www.thebookdialogue.com. 
14:09
March 09, 2020
Why We Choose the Books We Do
Why We Choose the Books We Do
S1 E8:  Join Rebecca and Sarah and their special guest, Frances, as they discuss how they choose their books and what they hope to gain out of those choices.
16:16
February 29, 2020
Vulnerability and Living Whole Lives
Vulnerability and Living Whole Lives
S1 E7:  Join Rebecca and Sarah as they get into the thoughts expressed by Brene Brown in her book, “The Power of Vulnerability.”
12:35
January 22, 2020
Why Start with Why?
Why Start with Why?
S1 E6:  Sarah and Rebecca discuss Simon Sinek's book, "Start with Why."  Simon Sinek has the third most viewed video on TedTalks.  (https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action) What's the reason for this?  Join us as we talk about the contents of this best selling book.  And -- why don't you join the conversation?  Contact us at www.thebookdialogue.com and share your thoughts.
13:50
January 15, 2020
The 2020 Book Challenge
The 2020 Book Challenge
S1 E5:  Join Rebecca and Sarah as they share the 25 for 2020 Epic Book Challenge.  Why don't you be a part of the Challenge?  We'd love to hear from you!
13:29
January 02, 2020
Lady Godiva - Poetry for Political Change
Lady Godiva - Poetry for Political Change
S1 E4:  Join Rebecca and Sarah as they discuss Alfred Tennyson’s “Lady Godiva” and the role that poetry can play in our lives today.
17:26
January 02, 2020
Robert Frost
Robert Frost
S1 E3:  Rebecca and Sarah discuss Robert Frost’s poetry. A four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry, Robert Frost still informs popular culture today. Come, listen — we welcome you to be a part of the conversation.
14:38
December 02, 2019
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
S1 E2:  Rebecca and Sarah discuss Sun Tzu’s approach to warfare ... or is it approach to ensure peace? Find out — come and listen.
13:02
November 25, 2019
Start at the Beginning
Start at the Beginning
S1 E1:  Two sisters who want to dialogue with you on the books that they are reading, what they hope to read and what they will never read. Join us.
10:54
November 13, 2019