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Complete podcast available on Sunday, September 27.

TSP134 – The Undefinable Spirit: Simran Bhamu – From India with love.

TSP133 – PH Factor: Becoming Other – If not now, when?

This period of Covid-19, has catalyzed the impulse towards personal and societal change. The question is how capable are we, as individuals and members of society, to realize these changes, given the power of traditional thinking and habits?

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TSP132 – Time Trek: Pasteurization – Don’t cry over ‘spoilt’ milk.From 0 to fierce.

The invisible universe of the biome became more visible through the work of many 19th century scientific researchers. One of the preeminent adventurers into the microbial world, Louis Pasteur unveiled the essential role micro-organisms play in the healthy functioning of our ecosystems. Famous for the process of pasteurization, Pasteur was also instrumental in breaking new ground in the vaccine and hygiene domains.

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TSP131 – The Undefinable Spirit: Janet-Lynn Morrison – From 0 to fierce.

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.

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TSP130 – PH Factor: : Every Breath You Take – The body politic.

Is it even possible anymore, that human beings can communicate with each other, directly and authentically, given the pandemic of politicization? The challenge to defy categorization is paramount in our attempt to resist the ‘isms’ that have engulfed us.

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TSP129 – Time Trek: F’ me F’ you – The history of pejoratives.

The history of pejoratives touches on religion, social mores and political correctness, vividly expressing strong emotions or sentiments. The use of swear words was well accepted up until the Renaissance, after which these so-called ‘dirty’ words became ostracized, litigated, and otherwise suppressed.

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TSP128 – The Undefinable Spirit: Nicole Wicki – Courage, Conviction and Cure.

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.

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TSP127 – PH Factor: It’s A DIY World – Peggy Lee’s Delicious Lips.

Do-it-yourself, on the surface a new fad propelled by the COVID crisis, is in fact an age old go to and accepted MO throughout human history. Using the creation of a DIY audiobook – Peggy Lee’s Delicious Lips – as an example, we talk about the process from A to Z.

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TSP126 – The Undefinable Spirit: Dr. Claudia Six returns to talk about relationships and sex during COVID-19.

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.

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TSP125 – PH Factor: Necessity is the mother.

During the mother of all crises, another mother is stepping up to give birth to a plethora of creative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprising, in light of other historical upheavals, out of which emerged new and unique technologies and approaches to problem solving.

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May 10, 2020

TSP124 – The Undefinable Spirit: Sandy Brown, citizen first, Mayor second.

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.

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April 27, 2020

TSP123 – Time Trek: What a difference a year makes.

We hop in our time machine and come out Sept 11, 2021, a year after the all clear was given on the COVID-19 Pandemic and we have witnessed numerous changes for the better, and some for the worse. From the micro to the macro, we’ve undergone a variety of transformations on a scale previously unimagined.

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April 13, 2020

TSP122 – PH Factor: COVID-19 – What is a life worth?

At the time of this podcast, the number of global COVID-19 cases has eclipsed the 1,000,000 mark with over 50,000 deaths. We are confronting an unparalleled firestorm of ethical and moral dilemmas, in the face of mushrooming economic turmoil. Over 3 days, and from a distance, these issues and more, inform a time-lapse dialogue.

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March 30, 2020

TSP121 – PH Factor: COVID-19, tragedy or opportunity?

The COVID-19 is proving transformational on a level that has not been seen since 911. Could this be a pivotal paradigm shift in the way we treat each other and all life forms on the planet?

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March 16, 2020

TSP120 – Time Trek: Hagia Sophia – Church of the holy wisdom.

For almost fifteen hundred years, the largest basilica in the world, Hagia Sophia, was at the spiritual centre of both the Christian and Muslim worlds. An architectural wonder, it inspired builders and designers of sacred spaces for centuries.

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March 2, 2020

TSP119 – PH Factor: Sohayla Smith’s peace of the heart.

Singer songwriter, music therapist, belly dancer and more, Sohayla shares her very human approach to art and community.

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February 17, 2020

TSP118 – PH Factor: Hurry up and wait.

We spend an average of 5 years waiting in lines and queues during our lifetime. Is waiting a waste of time, or can we alter our perspective about these (commonly) anxiety-making situations?

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February 3, 2020

TSP117 – Time Trek: Paradise or infogedden?

An exploration into the evolution of information gathering, its historical milestones, including moral and ethical implications for the human condition. From Tesla to Touring and beyond, does the expanding data highway offer us more unprecedented challenges than benefits?

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January 20, 2020

TSP116 – The Undefinable Spirit: Ricard Mongiat and the big picture.

On the heels of the last podcast, between dog and wolf, inspired by a painting (Entre Chien et Loup) of the same name, the hosts discuss all things art with painter Richard Mongiat, whose focus and range of activities elevate him beyond the typical one note artist.

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January 6, 2020

TSP115 – PH Factor: Between dog and wolf.

The balancing act of our primal instincts versus our domestic existence from children’s stories to the world of cinema, from Paganism to Christianity, the symbol of the wolf has been a central theme, painted in both a positive and negative light.

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December 23, 2019

TSP114 – Time Trek: Inside The Pod – Where to, from here?

A look at the future of podcasting and its relevance as just another media platform, among many that have been or will be absorbed by the ‘big boys’. The hosts, Peter and Harry, discuss the joys, challenges and purpose of the Sill podcast and its ‘limitless’ possibilities.

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December 9, 2019

TSP113 – PH Factor: Hunger Reigns – Feast, famine and faith.

Nearly a billion people in the world experience hunger, while nearly a billion are obese. Like many challenges confronting society in today’s world the issue is not availability, it is excessive waste and distribution. Our collective hunger and survival is not limited to food. From fasting to spiritual searching, and everything in between, our quest for ‘nourishment’ comes in many forms.

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November 25, 2019

TSP112 – Transcendent Tunes: Harry Chapin’s shot to the heart.

Harry Chapin left us too soon, but he left us with compelling stories reflecting the era he lived in. Although not one of his most well known hits, Sniper, is perhaps his most eloquent, timeless comment on humankind’s fragile psyche.

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November 11, 2019

TSP111 – Time Trek: Sapien Signatures – Traces of us.

Kilroy was here. The urge to leave our stamp on history seems to be inherent to the nature of homo sapiens. Stepping into the past at a local museum, provides the hosts a context for examining our obsession with legacy.

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October 28, 2019

TSP110 – PH Factor: Branding – Look at me, I’m relevant.

From the personal to the political, from products to corporate identity, the rise of branding as a way of creating and maintaining relevance is understandable in a world that encourages hubris.

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October 14, 2019

TSP109 – Transcendent Tunes: Non, Je Ne Regret Rien – The little sparrow’s anthem.

No other singer has as powerfully embodied their music as did Edith Piaf. Rising from her hard scrabbled life, spanning two world wars, she sang her way to international stardom, until her untimely death at 47.

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September 30, 2019

TSP108 – The Undefinable Spirit: Stefan Wiesen – Painting the World green.

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.

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September 16, 2019

TSP107 – Time Trek: The Yo-Yo – Spinnin’ wheel got to go round.

Surprisingly, the modern toy called the Yo-yo has a long venerable history. From ancient China, to Napoleon’s France, to Richard Nixon at the Grand Ole Opry, this toy for all ages continues to fascinate and entertain.

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September 2, 2019

TSP106 – The Undefinable Spirit: Michael McCreary – Punch up, Never down.

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.

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August 19, 2019

TSP105 – PH Factor: Freezing footprints.

The impulse to archive has been added and abetted by the exponential advance in recording technologies, which begs the question: What have we sacrificed in pursuit of our never ending desire to preserve memories.

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August 5, 2019

TSP104 – Digging Words: CONSERVATISM – Trapped in amber.

The nature of conservatism is more complicated than current polarized thinking would suggest. From its political beginnings after the French Revolution to populist America and Britain, the impulse to remain true to inherited tradition is both a stabilizing force and one prone to ossification.

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July 22, 2019

TSP103 – Transcendent Tunes: Woody and Arlo on the ‘rails’.

Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and his son, Arlo Guthrie’s ‘City Of New Orleans (written by the under appreciated Steve Goodman) can be considered anthems of a nation. The first being a response to the status quo – ‘God Bless America’ and the second an homage to life on the rails.

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July 8, 2019

TSP102 – Time Trek: Encoding, foreboding?

Starting with Morse code in the mid 19th century the beginnings of encoding technology eventually evolved into the ubiquitous use of barcodes today. This mini revolution has ramifications well beyond retail convenience and routine record keeping.

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June 24, 2019

TSP101 – The Undefinable Spirit: Andrea Bird – Dancing on the curve of life.

Accomplished artist Andrea Bird connects art to love and death. Her theme of ‘holding loosely’ infuses Andrea’s work and positive world view.

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June 10, 2019

TSP100 – PH Factor: The little ‘cast’ that could!

Our special celebratory milestone moment where we reminisce across 2 years of podcasting and what led up to it. Our conversation includes podcast excerpts, special moments, joys and challenges along the way.

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June 3, 2019

TSP099 – Transcendent Tunes: Yesterday, it was scrambled eggs.

A Lennon/McCartney classic covered by more artists than any other song in music history. A simple sentiment turned musical treasure, cherished by young and old.

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May 27, 2019

TSP098 – Time Trek: Optics, near and far.

Man’s quest to explore beyond the limits of the senses led to the evolution of optical theory and eventual development of telescopic and microscopic devices. Enhancing our vision, both outer and inner, profoundly changed our perspective of our universes, large and small.

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May 20, 2019

TSP097 – Digging Words: PORTMANTEAU – Two’s company.

Packing more into less is the basis for the creation of portmanteau words. From motel to hazmet to liger and beyond, these linguistically blended words, pro or con, have become part of our lexicon.

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May 13, 2019

TSP096 – The Undefinable Spirit: Drew Marshall, a red letter agnostic theist.

Inveterate seeker, Drew Marshall talks about his quest for truth on 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 how ‘doubt’ can be an integral and useful tool in discovering your spiritual path.

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May 6, 2019

TSP095 – Transcendent Tunes: Cole Porter’s Begin The Beguine.

A signature of the big band era, Begin The Beguine, exemplifies the versatility of Swing music. The lyrics embody the joy of a sudden but temporary love, the melody of which was made famous by one of the greatest big band leaders, Artie Shaw.

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April 29, 2019

TSP094 – PH Factor: Notre Dame, the unmaking of history.

The tragic fire at Notre Dame de Paris on the 15th of April, 2019, sparked a slew of social, political, and religious reactions. 850 years of history gone up in flames, provides the backdrop for a lively discussion about this historic event.

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April 22, 2019

TSP093 – Time Trek: Podcasting, birth and beckoning.

15 years into the podcasting evolution has seen an exponential rise in both programming and popularity, not the least of which is due to the rise and constant upgrading of smartphone technology, as well as corporate interest and acquisitions.

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April 15, 2019

TSP092 – Digging Words: BUT – Au Contraire.

One of the unsung workhorses of the English language, the word ‘but’ is frequently overused. ‘But’, this seemingly insignificant three letter word packs a whole lot of punch.

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April 8, 2019

TSP091 – The Undefinable Spirit: Donna McCaw, Elora’s creative dynamo.

Teacher, actor, traveler, activist Donna McCaw shares her passion for creativity, community, and the simple joys of having fun. From poetry to saving our water, she demonstrates compassion and a love for life.

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April 1, 2019

TSP090 – PH Factor: What’s up with DST?

The pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time have been the subject of an ongoing debate since the late 19th century. There’s validity on both sides of the argument, despite the lack of general agreement as to its efficacy.

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March 25, 2019

TSP089 – Transcendent Tunes: Hey kids, It’s twinkle time.

For millennia, lullabies have lulled children into slumber land. From ancient Egypt to modern day, tunes like Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star and their relative importance often goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

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March 18, 2019

TSP088 – Time Trek: Ikebana – Time for reflection.

The birth of Ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arranging, dates back to the 7th century. Combining the mindfulness of the Buddhist traditions with Shinto’s connection to nature, this refined art form can offer the West unexpected insights into the essence of life.

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