Meet unique spirits, people with angles, and creative juice to spare. Adventurers, musicians, and all walks of life are represented.
TSP177 – The Undefinable Spirit: The Choice To Homeschool – Stacey Dittman May 22, 2022 – Education is a choice. In a world preoccupied with structure and performance, the challenge to consider or act on alternatives, when it comes to educating our children, can be its own reward. Stacey Dittman is an excellent example of someone who has successfully taken up this challenge. Her sons, Levi and Jerome, also briefly share their respective experiences.
TSP172 – The Undefinable Spirit: Tony Holtkamp Takes A Walk On The Wild Side March 13, 2022 – Tony Holtkamp calls himself a regular guy walking. Except… that this regular guy walking happens to be trekking across about 8,000 kilometres, coast to coast, of the second largest country on the planet. Canadian born to a large family, comprised of twelve children, Tony talks to us from Brampton, Ontario, during a brief pause, sharing an account of his journey so far. Tony Holtkamp: https://www.tonyholtkamp.com
TSP170 – The Undefinable Spirit: Just Shrink Bigger – Croc E Moses on the road to home. February 13, 2022 – Poet/Musician instigator Croc E Mosses, shares an account of his journey from Northern Canada to Southern Africa, in his search for the meaning of home. The gift of rhythm inspired by his immersion in South African culture has infused all aspects of his artistic life. Now, back in Canada, he reflects on his ongoing journey and the human condition. Croc E Moses: https://crocemoses.bandcamp.com/track/emergency-mercy
TSP163 – The Undefinable Spirit: John Arnone – Us and Them: Canada, Canadians and The Beatles November 7, 2021 – Just when you think there’s nothing more to know or learn about The Beatles, a Canadian born writer, whose life-long passion with the band and their music ventures to explore it from his own national connection. The result is a story about the fab four, profound in its purely Canadian perspective. John Arnone: https://www.beatlesandcanada.com
TSP152 – The Undefinable Spirit: Kimberly Van Ryn – The compassionate heart. June 6, 2021 – Kimberly Van Ryn, founder of Branching Out Support Services in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, shares her lifelong passion for helping those less fortunate. Utilizing life lessons from overcoming her own addictions, she brings a unique enthusiasm and humility to the task of supporting the neuro-diverse in the community, emphasizing at the same time the importance of “breathing into the heart”.
Kimberly Van Ryn: https://www.branchingoutsupportservices.ca
TSP150 – The Undefinable Spirit: Andrew Welch – ‘Our Second Chance’, part 3 of 3 – A New Dawning. May 9, 2021 – In part 3 of a 3 part interview, Andrew Welch joins us in our studio, to talk about the shape of things to come. A new dawning would include radical notions such as alternative currencies (demurrage), new approaches to the electoral process, and reexamining the whole idea of ownership. Andrew Welch: http://www.thevaluecrisis.com
TSP149 – The Undefinable Spirit: Andrew Welch – ‘Our Second Chance’, part 2 of 3 – The Gift Economy. April 25, 2021 – In part 2 of a 3 part interview, Andrew returns to uncover the true meaning of a ‘Gift Economy’ and its practical applications to our society. Surprisingly, a society based on a qualitative gift economy, may be the critical next step in our evolution. Andrew Welch: http://www.thevaluecrisis.com
TSP148 – The Undefinable Spirit: Andrew Welch – ‘Our Second Chance’, part 1 of 3 – Universal Basic Income. April 11, 2021 – In part 1 of a 3 part interview, we revisit Andrew’s his first book, The Value Crisis and explore the soon to be published sequel – Our Second Chance, focusing on universal basic income (UBI), as one example how of a shift in our value system can produce a profound change in the way our society operates. Andrew Welch: http://www.thevaluecrisis.com
TSP147 – The Undefinable Spirit: Getting casually baked with Johanna Nuding. March 28, 2021 – Storyteller and experiential marketing maven Johanna Nuding, enlightens us about the cannabis lifestyle and wellness. Her edutainment ‘potcast’, Casually Baked, explores the medicinal and responsible sides of cannabis and its enhancement of everyday experiences. Her commitment to educating the public is inspiring.
Johanna Nuding: https://www.casuallybaked.com & https://mjskinrelief.com
TSP143 – The Undefinable Spirit: Ricky Schaede – Engaging the ethereal. January 31, 2021 – Writer/historian/theatre artist Hugh Brewster is truly a man of many hats. In this interview, Hugh shares fascinating stories, from meeting Jacqueline Onassis and James Cameron, to working with Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic. Ricky Schaede: https://rickyschaede.com
TSP139 – The Undefinable Spirit: Lest We Forget – With historian/writer Hugh Brewster.
December 6, 2020 Writer/historian/theatre artist Hugh Brewster is truly a man of many hats. In this interview, Hugh shares fascinating stories, from meeting Jacqueline Onassis and James Cameron, to working with Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic. Hugh Brewster: http://hughbrewster.com
TSP137 – The Undefinable Spirit: With NYC emergency room doctor and children’s author Joanette Weisse. November 8, 2020 Inspired by a question about dying from one of her grandchildren, NYC emergency room physician Joanette Weisse talks about and reads from her newly penned and just released picture book – Giggles in my Heart – which deals with the real fears children are experiencing during this time of Covid. Joanette Weisse: https://joanetteweisse.com
TSP134 – The Undefinable Spirit: Simram Bhamu – From India with love. September 27, 2020 – From Delhi to Canada, Simran Bhamu’s journey has taken her through poverty, immigration, racism, politics, and ultimately a fulfilling life in a country she now calls home. Simran Bhamu is the definition of a very capable, compassionate and enlightened soul. Simran Bhamu: firstname.lastname@example.org
TSP131 – The Undefinable Spirit: Janet-Lynn Morrison – From 0 to fierce. August 16, 2020 – If there was ever an example of how a world view can impact one’s life, Janet-Lynn Morrison is one. Understanding, forgiveness and resiliency resonate throughout our phone conversation with this intelligent and caring soul. Her story of moving ‘from 0 to fierce’ is compelling and inspirational. Janet-Lynn Morrision: https://www.janet-lynn.com
TSP128 – The Undefinable Spirit: Nicole Wicki – Courage, Conviction and Cure. July 5, 2020 – Numerous times in her young life, Nicole Wicki, has had the courage to make life changing decisions en route to making a life more connected to nature, balancing body and mind. Swiss born and raised, she currently makes her home on a remote 10 acre farm on ‘Te Waipounamu’ (Maori name for New Zealand’s South Island), striving to live off the grid, while embracing a healthier lifestyle. Nicole Wicki: http://www.wickiwell.com
TSP126 – The Undefinable Spirit: Dr. Claudia Six returns to talk about relationships and sex during COVID-19. June 7, 2020 – In our second interview with Dr. Six we explore changes to relationships in the face of a global pandemic. Surprisingly, when it comes to the world of our primal instincts, our sexual life has remained for the most part remained unchanged during this period of personal and social upheaval. Claudia Six: http://www.drsix.net
TSP124 – The Undefinable Spirit: Sandy Brown, citizen first, Mayor second. May 10, 2020 – A down to earth conversation with the Mayor of Orangeville, a small town in Southern Ontario Canada, as the community responds to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. From Zoom coffee chats to encouraging support for small business, Mayor Sandy Brown offers a very candid and grounded perspective. Sandy Brown: Orangeville Mayor
TSP119 – The Undefinable Spirit: Sohayla Smith’s peace of the heart. March 2, 2020 – Singer songwriter, music therapist, belly dancer and more, Sohayla shares her very human approach to art and community. Sohayla Smith: http://www.sohaylasmith.com
TSP116 – The Undefinable Spirit: Richard Mongiat and the big picture. January 20, 2020 – On the heels of our previous podcast, between dog and wolf, inspired by a painting of the same name, the hosts discuss all things art with painter Richard Mongiat, whose focus and range of activities, elevates him beyond the typical one note artist. Richard Mongiat: https://www.richardmongiat.com
TSP108 – The Undefinable Spirit: Stefan Wiesen – Painting the world green. September 30, 2019 – Dufferin – Caledon federal Green Party candidate Stefan Wiesen says, quote, “We must take a holistic approach to build a modern state that leaves nobody behind.” His obvious passion and commitment for the environment and people is evident in his clear-headed and grounded approach to the issues we all face. Stefan Wiesen: https://www.wiesen.ca
TSP106 – The Undefinable Spirit: Michael McCreary – Punching up, never down. September 2, 2019 – Brampton born and Orangeville raised Michael McCreary is an ‘aspie’ of a different colour. With a mind as agile as a whippet, Michael navigates his life with humour and humility, bestowing on us a deeper understanding of what it means to be autistic. Michael McCreary: https://www.aspiecomic.com
TSP101 – The Undefinable Spirit: Andrea Bird – Dancing on the curve of life. June 24, 2019 – Accomplished artist Andrea Bird connects art to love and death. Her theme of ‘holding loosely’ infuses Andrea’s work and positive world view. Andrea Bird: http://andreabird.com
TSP096 – The Undefinable Spirit: Drew Marshall, a red letter agnostic theist. May 13, 2019 – Inveterate seeker, Drew Marshall talks about his quest for truth about God, life, death, and faith. Among other self discoveries made during his journey, which has included living in Australia, the deserts of Israel and walking the El Camino trail in Spain, he talks to us about how ‘doubt’ can be an integral and useful tool in discovering your spiritual path.
TSP086 – The Undefinable Spirit: The bassoon takes a bow, with Nadina Mackie Jackson. March 4, 2019 – Solo bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson is the most widely recorded Canadian bassoonist in history, with 17 new works for solo bassoon and orchestra written for her in the last decade. Nadina intimately describes her journey. Nadina Mackie Jackson: https://nadinamackiejackson.com
TSP081 – The Undefinable Spirit: Re-imagining Architecture with Robert Arnone. January 28, 2019 – President and owner, Robert Arnone, of R.H. Carter Architects shares the often unseen inner workings of the Architectural world. Spanning a 30 year career, he describes how the ‘doing of architecture’ has, and is evolving. R.H. Carter & Associates: http://www.rhcarter.com
TSP069 – The Undefinable Spirit: Celebrating the spoken word with Valentino Assenza. November 5, 2018 – As host of the popular radio program Howl, Valentino Assenza has interviewed the likes of Nino Ricci and Margaret Atwood among other literary lights. A veteran of the Toronto spoken word scene, Valentino shares his love of language and other word-based art forms.
TSP065 – The Undefinable Spirit: Globetrotting with The Pattons. October 8, 2018 – Have you ever thought about pulling up roots and heading out into the great wide open? Chantal Patton and her family have and did. Growing Up Without Borders: https://www.growingupwithoutborders.com
TSP064 – The Undefinable Spirit: Dr. Claudia Six on her book, Erotic Integrity. October 1, 2018 – A frank and open discussion about one of the most problematic aspects of human life – sexuality. Dr. Claudia Six offers pathways to recognizing, repairing and recovering our sexual soul. Dr. Claudia Six: http://www.drsix.net
TSP055 – The Undefinable Spirit: Readin’ & rollin’ with Lindsay Shaw. July 30, 2018 – From books to rolling on the track and back we talk with Lindsay Shaw, a ‘genetically predisposed’ Librarian, as she recalls her roller derby days and the skills it helped her hone.
TSP045 – The Undefinable Spirit: Blues & Jazz Bops Into Town: 16 years of musical joy. May 21, 2018 – Peter and Harry talk with Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival founder Larry Kurtz. Orangeville Blues & Jazz: https://orangevillebluesandjazz.ca