Growing up in a large Mennonite family, Jim, a solitaire man, graciously opens the door to his life, allowing us to bare witness to his battle with depression and his “experimental” attempt at suicide. His life’s exploration takes us on hitch hiking adventures across Canada, career stops as a life guard, ambulance driver and Youth Pastor, his studies in psychology and theology, health concerns, a divorce, and finally on to the greatest passion in his life, teaching. An interesting journey to say the least, leveling off with his joy of canoeing our great waterways, and volunteering at folk festivals.
Author: Pat Lackenbauer
Featuring all new material, we whisk you to distant shores on this week’s episode with clips from all of our guests over the last year talking about their favorite vacations and/or what they love about summer, especially here in Canada. (leave that winter snow behind!) Get ready to relax and recharge on this funny, sunny installment.
RUSH super fan, Ian Graham, focuses us in on his passion for all things music; from his band “Eye Rhyme” (They are big in Mexico FYI!) to his “Small Dog” recording studio, we never drift too far. We also explore his political views, especially on the environment and global warming, and how he has taken his own steps by running his van on vegetable oil, and installing solar panels on his home and rental property. This independently minded individual speaks from the heart all the way thru. Come for a listen, but don’t get him started in those MAC stores.
In this episode we hear of Sylvia’s family running from Poland at a time of fear and transition, to a German refugee camp, eventually on to Canada, and how these circumstances have formed this take charge lady. This creative individual tells us about her love of acting, singing in a band playing Boney M and ABBA tunes, and how she began her current career as a photographer. We also discuss getting married at an early age and whether or not to have children, her chronic headaches, Yoga, and being a Thanatophobia. (Even Sylvia will have to look up this one)
A lover of music, art and animals, Heather Caton is a relaxed, hard working mother of one young son. We chat about taking on the responsibility of home ownership at an early age, dog sledding, being a Home Schooling Mom, the difficulties of a broken marriage, and travelling the summer Festival circuit in her teardrop trailer, selling her unique glasswork jewelry. A casual laid back discussion with a person looking to experience life, and move through it in positive, drama-free atmosphere.
Raised a roaming military brat, we discuss Lindsay’s abusive childhood and how it may have led to a now controlled drug addiction, and on-going mental health issues. Now a videographer working with the 12 Angry Filmmakers group, we delve into his creative mind and life as a musician, writer, poet and acting in TV shows such as, Witchblade, Peter Benchley’s Amazon, and even playing Eddie Kramer in a Showtime movie, “Hendrix”. There are no shortage of interests and adventures in this episode, from his survival of a lightening strike, to being a drug holder for the mafia, to his love of all things space! We get it all on the table in this one.
Katrina-Jennifer, or KJ to most, is a grounded, extremely creative, goal oriented individual open to new ideas and experiences. We find out how moving around frequently as an adolescent, and being raised by her father, while her mother was away in Southern California, has affected her. Talk ultimately leads to her passion for photography and multi-media and her eventual stint as a professor at Durham College. We end the conversation with her thoughts on marriage and children and the quick passing of her mother at a fairly early age. A fascinating, fun talk from start to finish.
Today’s episode is based around Pat’s true love of interior camping, Algonquin Provincial Park in particular. We chat about gear, food, preparation, yet combine it with personal talks with close friends, recorded on the trip itself up along the shore, fishing, sitting under a tarp while the rain drifts in, and lazing beside blazing camp fires. Sure we chat about camping, but we also learn about the group and the bonds created, the individuals themselves, death, solo tripping, and a whole range of introspection…with maybe a little bit of useless ramblings throughout! Good times were had by all! Now jump in the canoe and let’s get at it!
In this episode, Pat speaks with his latest favorite artist, Heather Kocsis. Growing up a romantic idealist, yet somewhat sad and introverted child of divorced parents, we discover Heather’s origins as a future world-class artist and meditative soul-searcher. We chat about her schooling in fine arts and what it has taken to not only to source out her own artistic vision, and run her own business, but also her exploration of a higher level of consciousness. An interesting individual all-around, we even discuss Korean melodramas, traveling in Thailand, and growing her collector base in the heart of the art world, New York City.
Currently facing cancer, Susan talks to us about beating it, while keeping a smile firmly planted on her face. But there is so much more to this inspirational woman! We also talk about her being adopted at an early age, working in broadcasting for CKCO TV, acting in local theatre, the love of her family, and being the Queen of cocktail competition! You gotta listen to get the ingredients; for the drinks, as well as life itself!