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Curious, Creative and Fear.

My next guest is Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine.

I first met Janine at Art Central where we both had Studio & Galleries. This was a fantastic place in downtown Calgary with three floors of creativity!! This is where Uppercase Magazine started.

Janine actually started her career at a very young age….I used to make pretend notebooks, put them in my carrying cases that I made for them. I then had people sign out books from my library and my magazine was called “Kraft.”

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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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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. 

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Serial killers, Tahsis and turning 50!

When I ask people to participate, often I get a funny response, like, ”Who me? Oh...I have nothing to say.” or they get quite nervous…..and then sometimes postpone. Well, I now understand why! Telling your story is not an easy task. You're putting yourself out there in a very different way - a permanent way - and you're baring your soul to the world. This is an act of bravery! I want to thank every single person who has participated and who will participate in the future, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you!

Chris has done an amazing job in this interview. He asks some great questions and made it very comfortable for me to tell my story...and the Scotch helped too

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Lesbian porn, community standards and whack-a-mole

Sandi was born in Cape Breton and, if you listen closely, you can hear her accent (no Keith's was consumed during this interview).  She came to Calgary in the 80's after finishing college with a degree in Theatre Design. 

Sandi was the resident designer for One Yellow Rabbit until 1992. She then jumped...and flew...pursuing her career as an independent film maker. She has made over 70 films including “Lock up your Daughters” her Lesbian Porn project, that was funded, believe it or not, by the NFB!

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Pedagogy of the oppressed, the Invisible Man and language politics.

Please welcome to Awesome people, James.

I’ve known James for about 10 years. He was this super cute butch dyke back in the day, when I was a server in a community-based bar and restaurant. Roll ahead 10 years, James now identifies as a trans man and is still super cute and brilliant. He is articulate, smart and has some amazing quotes.  My two favorites are, “You have to live in the world not in Tumblr.” and “I think this is a you problem.”

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The straight dream, reparative therapy and fire insurance!

James was born in Saskatoon and remained there until he was 19, when he moved to the thriving metropolis of Regina! It wasn't necessarily a better place, but it was certainly uglier!

James was married for 17 years and had 4 children. He always knew he was gay but became a first generation Christian as fire insurance. "I was looking for a way to not go to hell.”

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