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. 

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 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. 

Circle of influence, alone one can be and two tone tessie.

This next interview is so great in so many ways!! Claire Keys is our next guest. She is fun and inspiring and has the best accent. Born and raised in Rodezia, now Zimbabewe, Claire grew up in and out of convent/boarding schools at the age of two. They were Catholic of course and run by very strict nuns! YIKES!!

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.

MasterChef, leggings are not pants and vintage collectables.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this new addition to Awesome People, a Master Chef participant, creative designer and lover of margarine...My Domingo.

2016 was an incredible year for My Domingo. He made the cut for MasterChef Canada - one of 40 participants of over 40,000 entries! WOW!  That's like winning the lottery...but with work involved.  Congratulations Domingo!

Fungus, loonies and a car wash!

Lynn Greene is a dynamo! 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 people, and to say, "Hey this is ridiculous; we just wanna pee!!"

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.

Asthma, Andy Warhol and constipation.

"As a little gay boy, I was mesmerized by these strange vinyl goddesses: their unworldly proportions, their shifty sideways “I could hardly give a f*ck” gaze, the pale skin tone I’d been denied by genetics, and their sharp stiletto heels, which I imagined to be a superhero’s weapon against bullying. Of course, I wanted my own Barbies too. When I was four years old, my parents relented, and bought me Barbies for Christmas over the next three years. Righty or wrongly, I always saw this as their quiet acknowledgement of my queer identity, as there was never an attempt to shame me for this obsession."