Stories by Ordinary People, podcasts by anyone from everywhere about everything as of May 21, 2020
We all have voices in our head that chatter away about every aspect of our life from the mundane to our core beliefs. This podcast series is sharing those thoughts as well as bits and pieces of a life that has unfolded to be both extraordinary and ordinary with miracles, drama, laughter and tears strewn across the path.
Living in 33 cities in 50 years, having a hundred or so jobs, being fostered out, having an alcoholic father, being sexually molested at 12, running away at 15, being a single mom at 17, living through an earthquake, a fire, and a business bankruptcy are just some of the lemons life has thrown my way. Thankfully, they have been offset by the roses of knowing great love, having a loving mother and being married to the love of my life for many, many wonderful years.
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All these stories and more will be told in the series of "Me, Myself, and I" so stay tuned.
Picture sitting at a table in the early years of your life.
Who are the people sitting there and how have they
influenced your life?
At our table in St. David’s, Ontario, there were six people sitting there with me. Each one would play a part in the years to come. However, it was mom and dad who had the biggest influence and this podcast is about them.
The year is 1939. Ralph Gordon Essex is 21 years old and a private in the Canadian army. Mary Edith Pettit is 30 and a socialite. It seems unlikely for their paths to cross but they did. The handsome soldier swept the lovely Mary off her feet and into bed. The result was an unwanted pregnancy and a quick marriage compelled by the deathbed request of Mary’s beloved aunt who had adopted her at 10.
Mom at 11 with Aunt Esther
Mary Edith Pettit -
on Stories by Ordinary People
Half a year has gone by since doing a personal podcast and, wow, has the world changed!! All things COVID-
But this podcast is not about COVID. It is just me chatting about life and current projects. Included is a commitment to you (and myself) to make regular podcasts to share thoughts and ideas as well as stories about my life. A paraphrase of the quote that got my mojo going again is:
"Show your power, change the world. And to begin with, do as you want because the first, most important thing is to do what you want ...." What got added in my own head was "without attachment"; just do it without expectation of an outcome.
Here are the links mentioned in the podcast:
Love's Dynamic, a pocketbook of Love
Speak ACCESS, The Assistive Software
Getting to know me, a page on Business Management and Design
Cobey, the smiling cobra was carved many years ago from a found piece of driftwood. She got put in a dark corner of the pantry one winter and was forgotten. But she is once again enjoying the sunlight and her view of the gardens.
A photo of the gardens taken from the top of a ladder in 2015 for a photo contest sponsored by the Powell River Library.
The beach rock gardens made with approximately 3,000 rocks that took an entire summer to build by this very amateur stone smith.
Gnomes, gnomes, and more gnomes with their rusty trusty knight.
Beavis, a big beaver in a little pond carved by my son, Chris.
The rusty knight reflecting on Yin and Yang.
Seven is very young to be looking out the window waving
|Me, Myself and I|
|Traveling with Ian|
|The Impact of People at Work|
|Should Voting be Mandatory?|
|Fear and Approval|
|50 Years in 15 Minutes|
|Who's at the Table?|
|Chit-Chat and Catch-up|
|An Aborted Adventure|
|Just 10 Seconds|
|Chainsaw Carver to Softwear Developer|
|A Nerf Ball & Red Ants in Thailand NEW!|
|Banaue Rice Terraces|
|Mistaken for a Murderer|
|China...Spy in Sanya|
|Travel Journal Memories|
|Tourist or Traveller?|
|Hero to Zero in 90 Minutes|
|I Found a Hero|
|Kenya Bus Trip|