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Each episode I have a candid conversation with a person about a specific facet of their life. Everyone has a story, sometimes we just have to listen.

Latest Episodes

Episode 39 - The Hum

Low frequency sounds by large industrial machines have been recorded throughout North America from a 36 Hz tone produced by a cooling tower at a local DaimlerChrysler casting plant in Kokomo, Indiana to a vacuum pump used by CalPortland to offload cargo from ships in West Seattle. These constant droning sounds (called Hums) can affect surrounding neighborhoods keeping people awake at night, causing headaches and other ailments which can lead to stress and anxiety for those forced to live with it. Windsor, Ontario, Canada has its own hum. A 35 Hz sound believed to be coming from across the Detroit River affecting residents on the Canadian side. I spoke with Mike Provost a member of the The Windsor/Essex County Hum group and one of the many residents affected by the hum about his experience and what his group is doing about it.

17 MIN2018 MAR 25
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Episode 39 - The Hum

Episode 38 - His Last Podcast

Originally drawn as a mascot for a failed comic book fanzine and named after a spelling mistake Cerebus the Aardvarks comic book adventure ran for 300 issues. A 6,000 page tale about a lovable earth pig, starting as a parody of Conan the Barbarian and in time turning into a story about life, love, beliefs, loneliness and death. Dave Sim, the man who drew and wrote all 300 issues with amazing detailed background work by Gerhard showed us that comic book characters can age and grow with their audience. Mr. Sim has had his ups and downs and has gotten himself into trouble with his political and religious views but for 27 years he did Cerebus his way, from book 1 to book 300 and has left us a story unique in the comic world. I spoke to Mr. Sim by phone at his home in Kitchener Ontario about starting out in the comic book world interviewing writers and artists, to the journey of Cerebus and about his future project The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.

24 MIN2018 MAR 5
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Episode 38 - His Last Podcast

Episode 37 - Taking Action

We all see something that we would like to change for the better. However we tell ourselves we lack time, experience or money. We have excuses. Tamara Kowalska saw something that needed to be changed and did it. No excuses. From a chance encounter with a homeless teen to establishing and becoming the director of the Windsor Youth Centre Tamara has shown that you can make a difference in your community, you can take action. Tamara and her staff have created a home for the homeless and at risk youth in Windsor. A place they can be safe, get help and be treated with respect. I spoke with Tamara at The Windsor Youth Centre about the help her and her staff provides and how challenges in our life can help us be better.

34 MIN2017 DEC 13
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Episode 37 - Taking Action

Episode 36 - Power of Words

Writing can be a powerful tool. Writing can give people the ability to express themselves, to introduce other cultures and ideas, to deal with loss and grief and to sometimes just tell stories about dogs collecting golf balls. Pamela Goldstein spent a large part of her life helping people as a nurse but now having published many short stories and with several manuscripts at the ready, Pamela is now a writer. Not content with just changing her life with writing Pamela has helped create the Windsor International Writers which holds workshops and conferences for aspiring writers from around the world. She was also instrumental in the creation of a summer camp for young writers that helps children use their tools to tell their stories. I talked with Pamela (and her dogs) at her home about the power of writing and the future of the Windsor International Writers.

30 MIN2017 NOV 20
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Episode 36 - Power of Words

Episode 35 - Not Just Feel Good Fiction

Micheal J. Krym is a busy man. A published author, playwright, philosopher and actor Micheal creates art with a tragic Eastern European style which hopefully requires a Western audience to think about the world around them a little different. Not content to make just "feel good fiction" Micheal wants to create art that has something to say, to leave his mark. I got the chance to talk with Micheal outside a local cafe about his past works like his book Eidos: A Search for Home, his present play Okno and his future projects.

24 MIN2017 OCT 22
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Episode 35 - Not Just Feel Good Fiction

Episode 34 - I Say Yes

A voice can be a powerful tool. For a trained opera singer it is the tool they use to share their emotions with an audience, to draw the audience into their world. Erin Armstrong spent much of her early years travelling across Canada and the world performing and perfecting her operatic voice, her tool. Speaking with Erin the first thing I notice is her strong passion for opera. The second think I notice is her greater passion to share her knowledge of opera. From teaching children at Music Moves Kids to creating, performing and directing operas for Windsor's Abridged Opera Company, Erin is busy sharing her voice and talents with people hoping her passion for opera spreads like a powerful voice filling a theatre.

27 MIN2017 OCT 1
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Episode 34 - I Say Yes

Episode 33 - The SOMM Remembers

History is important. It reminds of us of who we are where we came from and the mistakes we have made along the way. Geoff Bottoms the Founder of the Southern Ontario Military Muster (SOMM for short) and Doug Hedge the current President want to make sure that the people in Windsor Essex know and remember their military history. I talked with Geoff (don't call him Mr. Bottoms, that's his dad) and Doug about their work with the Not For Profit Charitable Organization. From recovering derelict war vehicles built in and around Windsor Essex during the wars and restoring them to new, to helping and honouring veterans in ceremonies and community events year round and to holding their annual Southern Ontario Military Muster Event which educates the public about our history the SOMM works tirelessly to make sure we never forget. The SOMM Remembers.

26 MIN2017 SEP 3
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Episode 33 - The SOMM Remembers

Episode 32 - Failure and Redemption

"Life is a journey, not a destination" is something that entered my mind after talking with Vern Stenlund. A former professional hockey player, retired university professor, hockey coach, New York Times best selling author, inductee into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and a Hockey Canada adviser, Mr. Stenlund has had quite the journey. I sat down with Mr. Stenlund at his home to talk about his journey, its ups and downs, working with Bobby Orr and how "failure" (as he puts it) can lead to unexpected and sometimes greater things. Something else that entered my mind after speaking with Vern is how I am pretty sure his journey is far from over.

28 MIN2017 AUG 16
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Episode 32 - Failure and Redemption

Episode 31 - On The Threshold of Magic

Best known for his art depicting the wilds of Algonquin Tom Thomson is a Canadian Legend. An influential artist who's name is often thrown in with the Group of Seven, thou he never truly was a member. But of course when talking about Tom Thomson the conversation always turns to the mystery surrounding his death on July 8th 1917 at Canoe Lake. Many books, documentaries, and short films have tried to navigate the theories and controversies surrounding Tom's death but author Barry Brodie took a different approach. In his play and book based on the making of his play Tom Thomson: On The Threshold of Magic Barry explores not Tom's death or life but his afterlife which forces Tom to confront his legacy, the people who helped shape him, and his art.

25 MIN2017 AUG 2
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Episode 31 - On The Threshold of Magic

Episode 30 - Understanding Your Voice

Jay vs The Saxophone of Doom is Kara Kootstra's second book. Unlike her first book The Boy in Number Four which was a picture book for young children, Jay vs The Saxophone of Doom is a chapter book for kids ages 8 to 12. However both books do share some things in common like hockey, working hard to achieve goals and Mr. Bobby Orr. Kara also visits schools and speaks with the students about using their creativity, finding their "voice" and not being afraid to share it with others. Something else these two books share, Jay and Bobby Orr both have passion for what they do and I think Kara shares that with them as well.

23 MIN2017 JUN 14
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Episode 30 - Understanding Your Voice

Latest Episodes

Episode 39 - The Hum

Low frequency sounds by large industrial machines have been recorded throughout North America from a 36 Hz tone produced by a cooling tower at a local DaimlerChrysler casting plant in Kokomo, Indiana to a vacuum pump used by CalPortland to offload cargo from ships in West Seattle. These constant droning sounds (called Hums) can affect surrounding neighborhoods keeping people awake at night, causing headaches and other ailments which can lead to stress and anxiety for those forced to live with it. Windsor, Ontario, Canada has its own hum. A 35 Hz sound believed to be coming from across the Detroit River affecting residents on the Canadian side. I spoke with Mike Provost a member of the The Windsor/Essex County Hum group and one of the many residents affected by the hum about his experience and what his group is doing about it.

17 MIN2018 MAR 25
Comments
Episode 39 - The Hum

Episode 38 - His Last Podcast

Originally drawn as a mascot for a failed comic book fanzine and named after a spelling mistake Cerebus the Aardvarks comic book adventure ran for 300 issues. A 6,000 page tale about a lovable earth pig, starting as a parody of Conan the Barbarian and in time turning into a story about life, love, beliefs, loneliness and death. Dave Sim, the man who drew and wrote all 300 issues with amazing detailed background work by Gerhard showed us that comic book characters can age and grow with their audience. Mr. Sim has had his ups and downs and has gotten himself into trouble with his political and religious views but for 27 years he did Cerebus his way, from book 1 to book 300 and has left us a story unique in the comic world. I spoke to Mr. Sim by phone at his home in Kitchener Ontario about starting out in the comic book world interviewing writers and artists, to the journey of Cerebus and about his future project The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.

24 MIN2018 MAR 5
Comments
Episode 38 - His Last Podcast

Episode 37 - Taking Action

We all see something that we would like to change for the better. However we tell ourselves we lack time, experience or money. We have excuses. Tamara Kowalska saw something that needed to be changed and did it. No excuses. From a chance encounter with a homeless teen to establishing and becoming the director of the Windsor Youth Centre Tamara has shown that you can make a difference in your community, you can take action. Tamara and her staff have created a home for the homeless and at risk youth in Windsor. A place they can be safe, get help and be treated with respect. I spoke with Tamara at The Windsor Youth Centre about the help her and her staff provides and how challenges in our life can help us be better.

34 MIN2017 DEC 13
Comments
Episode 37 - Taking Action

Episode 36 - Power of Words

Writing can be a powerful tool. Writing can give people the ability to express themselves, to introduce other cultures and ideas, to deal with loss and grief and to sometimes just tell stories about dogs collecting golf balls. Pamela Goldstein spent a large part of her life helping people as a nurse but now having published many short stories and with several manuscripts at the ready, Pamela is now a writer. Not content with just changing her life with writing Pamela has helped create the Windsor International Writers which holds workshops and conferences for aspiring writers from around the world. She was also instrumental in the creation of a summer camp for young writers that helps children use their tools to tell their stories. I talked with Pamela (and her dogs) at her home about the power of writing and the future of the Windsor International Writers.

30 MIN2017 NOV 20
Comments
Episode 36 - Power of Words

Episode 35 - Not Just Feel Good Fiction

Micheal J. Krym is a busy man. A published author, playwright, philosopher and actor Micheal creates art with a tragic Eastern European style which hopefully requires a Western audience to think about the world around them a little different. Not content to make just "feel good fiction" Micheal wants to create art that has something to say, to leave his mark. I got the chance to talk with Micheal outside a local cafe about his past works like his book Eidos: A Search for Home, his present play Okno and his future projects.

24 MIN2017 OCT 22
Comments
Episode 35 - Not Just Feel Good Fiction

Episode 34 - I Say Yes

A voice can be a powerful tool. For a trained opera singer it is the tool they use to share their emotions with an audience, to draw the audience into their world. Erin Armstrong spent much of her early years travelling across Canada and the world performing and perfecting her operatic voice, her tool. Speaking with Erin the first thing I notice is her strong passion for opera. The second think I notice is her greater passion to share her knowledge of opera. From teaching children at Music Moves Kids to creating, performing and directing operas for Windsor's Abridged Opera Company, Erin is busy sharing her voice and talents with people hoping her passion for opera spreads like a powerful voice filling a theatre.

27 MIN2017 OCT 1
Comments
Episode 34 - I Say Yes

Episode 33 - The SOMM Remembers

History is important. It reminds of us of who we are where we came from and the mistakes we have made along the way. Geoff Bottoms the Founder of the Southern Ontario Military Muster (SOMM for short) and Doug Hedge the current President want to make sure that the people in Windsor Essex know and remember their military history. I talked with Geoff (don't call him Mr. Bottoms, that's his dad) and Doug about their work with the Not For Profit Charitable Organization. From recovering derelict war vehicles built in and around Windsor Essex during the wars and restoring them to new, to helping and honouring veterans in ceremonies and community events year round and to holding their annual Southern Ontario Military Muster Event which educates the public about our history the SOMM works tirelessly to make sure we never forget. The SOMM Remembers.

26 MIN2017 SEP 3
Comments
Episode 33 - The SOMM Remembers

Episode 32 - Failure and Redemption

"Life is a journey, not a destination" is something that entered my mind after talking with Vern Stenlund. A former professional hockey player, retired university professor, hockey coach, New York Times best selling author, inductee into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and a Hockey Canada adviser, Mr. Stenlund has had quite the journey. I sat down with Mr. Stenlund at his home to talk about his journey, its ups and downs, working with Bobby Orr and how "failure" (as he puts it) can lead to unexpected and sometimes greater things. Something else that entered my mind after speaking with Vern is how I am pretty sure his journey is far from over.

28 MIN2017 AUG 16
Comments
Episode 32 - Failure and Redemption

Episode 31 - On The Threshold of Magic

Best known for his art depicting the wilds of Algonquin Tom Thomson is a Canadian Legend. An influential artist who's name is often thrown in with the Group of Seven, thou he never truly was a member. But of course when talking about Tom Thomson the conversation always turns to the mystery surrounding his death on July 8th 1917 at Canoe Lake. Many books, documentaries, and short films have tried to navigate the theories and controversies surrounding Tom's death but author Barry Brodie took a different approach. In his play and book based on the making of his play Tom Thomson: On The Threshold of Magic Barry explores not Tom's death or life but his afterlife which forces Tom to confront his legacy, the people who helped shape him, and his art.

25 MIN2017 AUG 2
Comments
Episode 31 - On The Threshold of Magic

Episode 30 - Understanding Your Voice

Jay vs The Saxophone of Doom is Kara Kootstra's second book. Unlike her first book The Boy in Number Four which was a picture book for young children, Jay vs The Saxophone of Doom is a chapter book for kids ages 8 to 12. However both books do share some things in common like hockey, working hard to achieve goals and Mr. Bobby Orr. Kara also visits schools and speaks with the students about using their creativity, finding their "voice" and not being afraid to share it with others. Something else these two books share, Jay and Bobby Orr both have passion for what they do and I think Kara shares that with them as well.

23 MIN2017 JUN 14
Comments
Episode 30 - Understanding Your Voice

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