Money, Legacy's and Reunions.

Today’s guest is the one and only, Lorrie Murphy. Now when I say the one and only, I really mean the one and only!!

The night before our interview we had the Money Pennies Reunion. A celebration of Lorrie’s restaurant and bar called Money Pennies. She often called this place a people bar because everyone was welcome from all walks of life no matter who you were.

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It's a girl!!

Laurel Burnham is a force to be reckoned with; A feminist, Activist, and what she likes to call a Cultural Entrepreneur.

Laurel is the Vice President of the Penticton Arts Council and Head of the Arts Rising Organizing Committee. I interviewed Laurel for Captain Awesome this month to discuss Arts Rising and the Up Rising of a Community. It’s a fantastic interview on this four day Arts Festival. If you haven't had a chance to listen it’s the Podcast just before this one!

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ASK, TRUST, LET GO.

Vaelei Walkden-Brown is our next guest. She is the Executive Director of the Penticton & District Arts Council, one of the driving forces behind Arts Rising. This is something she is very proud of and you can hear the enthusiasm in her voice.

Vaelei’s roots are Polynesian, Australian Feminists and Edmontonian Rocker. OMG Yup, she is one of the most balanced people I know. Love exudes from her when you’re around her, you can feel how strong she is and when you watch her take on a project the badass Rocker Chick comes out! Look out world this girl is gonna get shit done!

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Shaken and a Groovin with Arts Rising

This month I’m going to shake things up!!

Here in Penticton we are on the verge of a new consciousness….well actually I think the whole planet is. We just finished the multi sport championships (formally Ironman) and now we are gearing into art….

From September 21st-24th we are hosting, for the first time in Penticton History, “Arts Rising”.

A multi disciplinary Arts and Cultural Event. This is beyond exciting for me. Penticton is known as a sleepy little town full of retirees….but not any more…..

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Superheroes, Stripping and Sisterhood

My next guest is is a community activist like nobodies business!!! She is inspiring to say the least….please welcome Mariegold Randy.

By trade Mariegold is a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. She decided this was her career when she was in social work school……..which sounds crazy but makes sense.

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Karate, Beatniks & John Neville

James is a funny guy….he can be serious as well but for most of this interview he makes me laugh out loud!!

James is an actor, both stage and film, a stand up comic and a Poet. In fact I had James recite five poems for this interview and I've interspersed them throughout our chat.

James has worked with John Candy, Donald H. Ford and met the late Karen Hazzard who, referred him to his Toronto agent Edward G Agency.

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Persian Dancing, my tree and an Angel.

My next guest is a molecular scientist, a cancer thriver, a Mindfulness coach, and an author. Welcome to Awesome People Mehrnaz Massoudi.

I met Mehrnaz at the beach one day...she was just getting off her paddle board and I thought to myself, I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, I'm gonna got talk to that women! She was welcoming and open and very happy to talk about one of her life passions, paddle boarding.

Mehrnaz was born and raised in Iran. Fell in love while still in Iran...which shouldn't seem like a big deal, but it was during the Iranian revolution and the young man was Baha'i. At that time it was illegal to for a Muslim woman to marry a Baha'i man….we talk about their escape, what that was like and the effects of Mr. Bush. We also talk about how to pronounce Iran...not Iran.

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Say no to striving - you don’t need it.

We’ve all heard claims that happiness is the key to success, or health or a good sex life or whatever. Many books I’ve seen over the years have talked about what to do so you can be happy. In short, the philosophy is that A+B = happiness. In the absence of another approach, I believed this one. After years of diligent effort and certainty that this was the way to go, I realized it wasn’t working, but I didn’t know why. I questioned my approach - maybe I was doing something wrong. No, I was doing all the right stuff. Then I questioned my commitment - maybe I didn’t truly believe I could be happy. No, I was happier while conditions were right, and then things would change and I’d be unhappy again. Constantly trying to get the conditions right fed my desire for control, but it didn’t make me happier.

I now have some experience which confirms that A+B does not = happiness. That’s just not how it works. Why?  Because true happiness is not an outcome, it’s the source. By its very nature, it is not quantifiable or achievable. So, if that’s true, then how do you get from stressed out and dissatisfied to a state of happiness?  My answer: Stop striving!  How do you do that?

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Being less busy and more fulfilled.

Todays podcast is the first in the Captain Awesome addition to Awesome People.

Every month we pick a topic, we blog about it, and then I illustrate it.

Today’s topic, how to be less busy and more fulfilled.

Please head to the website for the full longish form blog post and the Captain Awesome illustration. Both are amazing...you’ll love it!!

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Travel, shoplifting and alternative parenting.

This interview is a must for anyone searching for an unconventional lifestyle. My next guest, David Wourms is the go-to guy for living an alternative life. He is homeless, (he still has an address in Alberta; the government requires this), but lives out of Airbnb and house-sitting gigs. He is also the primary parent of his daughter, and has been since she was 4 years old.

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Yeast, Tension and Crap Grapes.

Moraine Estate Winery produces one of my favorite wines….a Malbec that is spectacular AND they are located on the Naramata Bench just 7.2 K from my home. How lucky am I!!?

Jacq Kemp is the winemaker for Moraine Estate Winery and is the focus of this incredible podcast. Meeting Jacq this past summer was a gift. Not only was I introduced to a wine that has become my absolute favorite but Jacq is incredibly knowledgable and luckily for me and you, loves to teach….

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Fungus, Loonies and a Car Wash!

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this amazing dynamo to Awesome People Lynn Greene! I first came across her while being introduced to this video Citizen X. A video about Bill C-16 or more commonly called the bathroom bill. It's a bill that will amend the human rights act to protect those transitioning while using a public washroom. Why this has become such a big issue we are not sure but Lynn is not someone to sit and do nothing. She and a group of talented individuals made this video to show support to transgendered and to say hey this is ridiculous, we just wanna pee!!

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Eggheads, Earl and a Twinkie boy.

Scott is an incredibly talented artist, as you will see…. We actually did a painting trade for each other to accompany this podcast. Fantastic!

Calgary born and raised Scott grew up in the hood and got shuffled in from Marlborough Park to Crescent Heights high school. There was no high school in Marlborough Park at the time and this was a blessing. It taught him the value of individuals and that people from all walks of life are wonderful in who they are.

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