I am very pleased to present Episode 10 of ‘Talking to Canadians’ which is my interview with Leslie Pidlubny. This episode is entitled: “I like people.”
Leslie is a person who wears many different hats. She is an employee of the London Public Library; she is involved in animal rescue; she is an entrepreneur; she is also a collector of artwork, a bricoleur and someone who specializes in the rehoming of family heirlooms.
Ryan O’Connor and I opted for the title “I like people” because this statement (which is Leslie’s) captures the enthusiasm, humanity and gusto with which my guest pursues her many personal and professional projects. She is someone who has a passion for life, for the intricacies and textures of our world and, above all, for the stories that people and objects carry with them.
I call Leslie a bricoleur because she has the refined eye of the turn-of-the-century rag picker who could find gems in the most unlikely or overlooked places. She sees the stories and vested emotions that are embedded in people and in the things they part with -both voluntarily and involuntarily. She is also someone who is loathe to see anyone, any animal or any thing as disposable.
It was a vivifying experience to sit down and talk with her. I hope you tune in to our conversation: https://ryanoconnor.ca/talkingtocanadians/2017/8/21/talking-to-canadians-episode-10-i-like-people
Here is Episode 9 of ‘Talking to Canadians’ featuring my conversation with Leigh Shand, an Ayurveda yoga instructor based here in London.
I have entitled this episode “I believe in connection,” a statement Leigh made at the beginning of our conversation. I think that everything that we discussed about mindfulness, Being, consciousness, awareness and understanding of the human shadow comes back to Leigh’s acute perception of the inter-connectedness at work in our world.
I found our conversation inspiring the day that we had it and as I went back and listened once more, I found myself filled with hope. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed speaking with and learning from Leigh.
Proud to present Episode 8 of ‘Talking to Canadians,’ featuring my lengthy and highly engaging conversation with Emma Blue. We are entitling this episode “The Continuing Conversation: The Need for Dialogue.”
The title of this episode is drawn from the many insights and observations made by Emma about how social change and institutional responsiveness require that dialogue take place not just between persons, but also between persons and institutions. Emma is deeply involved in helping young adults and marginalized youth engage with social institutions. One of her passions is finding ways to bring the experiences and stories of youth into the public eye and she does this through work with the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) and in London’s non-profit sector. She does this, I should add, while enrolled as a full-time student in Media Theory and Production, a joint programme between Western University and Fanshawe College.
In addition to her many talents, Emma is also an accomplished spoken word poet.
I hope that you can tune in: https://ryanoconnor.ca/talkingtocanadians/2017/6/25/talking-to-canadians-episode-8
After a temporary hiatus, “Talking to Canadians” returns!
Episode 6 features Part 1 of my interview with Susan Toth, a lawyer, civil litigator, advocate, activist and professor here in London, Ontario.
I say “Part 1” because my conversation with Susan was very extensive. Ryan O’Connor and I believe that listeners should be treated to that conversation in its entirety. I found my exchange with Susan enlightening and educative and I came away feeling very gratified that I was given the opportunity to ask her questions and to be treated to her replies.
This episode is entitled “It’s not a justice system, it’s a legal system.” Those are Susan’s words and when you listen you will know why she uttered them.
Ryan and I would again like to thank Susan for giving so much of her time to us. It was truly a pleasure for me to speak with her and I am delighted to be able to share our conversation with you.
I sit down for a very enjoyable conversation with Elisha Stam & Alan Judson, two artists who (like us all) hold down day jobs. They also are householders and have two wonderful children.
We discuss writing, music, creativity, and leading the creative life in Canada. Have a listen:
‘Talking to Canadians’ is now up on Twitter where you can follow us at @Talking_to_Cdns
I think this is a very timely interview. Susan talks not only of her Baha’i faith and her early religious upbringing, but also of conversion, intercultural understanding, diversity and of the difference between love and tolerance. Susan’s life, her experiences, and her outlook are eloquent testimony to the need for each one of us to open ourselves up to people of all faiths and stations in life.
Speaking with Susan not only was inspiring, but she also gives expression to the underlying values of multiculturalism and pluralism which are said to be defining characteristics not only of civic life in Canada, but of Canadian self-understanding. Please tune in to hear what she has to say.
My interview with Susan DiFabio: